It’s nearly August, which means it’s summer reading time. But, with thousands of books published every week, how can you choose the ones worth devoting your time to? This week’s post is a recommendations round-up. From business books to literary fiction, we’re sure you’ll find something you like somewhere in these lists…
The Financial Times Summer Books of 2017: Business list compiled by Andrew Hill features cautionary tales (Faster, Higher, Farther: The Inside Story of the Volkswagen Scandal by Jack Ewing), stories of disruption (The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World by Brad Stone) and instructions on how to outwit your competitors (Red Teaming: Transform Your Business by Thinking Like the Enemy by Bryce Hoffman). And much more…
Practical Manager – the best practical insights for managers
Management Futures – forward thinking and the skills managers need for the future of work
Innovation and Entrepreneurship – books to inspire people to innovate and develop products, services and/or organisations
The Commuter’s Read – books to keep you engaged on your journey to and from work. Or while you’re en route to your holiday (unless you’re driving, obviously. Don’t read and drive)
Management and Leadership Textbook –for those studying, unsurprisingly, management and leadership topics
The Forbes summer reading recommendations compiled by Kimberly A. Whitler feature recommendations from C-level leaders across a whole range of sectors. Books picked include Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice, by Clayton M. Christensen, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, by Sheryl Sandberg and Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Angela Duckworth.
“It is not,” writes Sam Missingham on the Lounge Books website, “an exaggeration to say that the vast majority of business books are written by men.” So, she asked for recommendations from friends and colleagues on Twitter and LinkedIn, and pulled together a list of business books by women, including Meaningful: The Story of Ideas That Fly by Bernadette Jiwa, Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong by Jessica Bacal and Radical Candor: How to be a Great Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott.
Summer reading recommended by Bill Gates
The world’s second top philanthropist (he’s pipped to the post by Warren Buffet) reads a book a week, and regularly publishes recommendations and reviews on his blog. His summer reading recommendations for 2017 include Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance, A Full Life by Jimmy Carter and Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari https://www.gatesnotes.com/About-Bill-Gates/Summer-Books-2017
(Mostly) highbrow summer reading
The Times Literary Supplement summer reading recommendations are as literary as you might expect.
And then there are the most recent literary prize shortlists and winners.
The Man Booker Prize 2016 shortlist – fiction
– fiction, poetry, biography, poetry and kids’ books
The Rathbone Folio Prize 29016 shortlist – literary fiction and non-fiction
The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2016 shortlist – formerly the Samuel Johnson Prize. Literary non-fiction
Summer reading – eclectic lists
If you’re looking for more wide-ranging selections, good places to start are
Elle‘s What to read in 2017
Publishers Weekly‘s summer reading recommendations
Alternatively, if you’ve the time to spare, you can find reading inspiration by ferreting through the The Guardian‘s Not the Booker Prize nominations. As I write, there are approximately 800 recommendations…
Other bookish posts on the Executive development blog
Taking a break
The Executive Development blog is taking a short break in August. We’ll be back soon with more news, information & opinion.
See you then!