Summer is the time of a year when I have the most time for reading due to a couple of weeks of holidays. Throughout the summer I plan to read three books, which are completely different from one another. They’re quite thick, so I’m not sure if I will really have as much time to read all three of them as quickly as I expected, but since those are the most interesting to me at the moment, I decided to give all three a try.
Insight by Tasha Eurich
First one is a book I was tempted by the internet. I read a few positive critics and thought it might be interesting for self development.
“Most people feel like they know themselves pretty well. But what if you could know yourself just a little bit better—and with this small improvement, get a big payoff…not just in your career, but in your life?
Research shows that self-awareness – knowing who we are and how others see us – is the foundation for high performance, smart choices, and lasting relationships. There’s just one problem: most people don’t see themselves quite as clearly as they could.
Fortunately, reveals organizational psychologist Tasha Eurich, self-awareness is a surprisingly developable skill. Integrating hundreds of studies with her own research and work in the Fortune 500 world, she shows us what it really takes to better understand ourselves on the inside – and how to get others to tell us the honest truth about how we come across.
Through stories of people who’ve made dramatic gains in self-awareness, she offers surprising secrets, techniques and strategies to help readers do the same – and how to use this insight to be more fulfilled, confident, and successful in life and in work.”
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
The second one is an easy read, which I mostly bought for the beach. I read Paula Hawkin’s Girl on the Train and I enjoyed it, so I decided to give this one a try as well. Again - there are a lot of positive reviews about it online.
"A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.
Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.
With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present."
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
This one is the most interesting to me. I was supposed to read it already a while ago, but never actually laid my hands on it. Last time I saw my brother, he was kind enough to lend me his copy.
"From bestselling author Walter Isaacson comes the landmark biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life.
Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members, key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation."
Are you a book worm? What are you reading during the summer?