The ultimate summer reading list for young professionals

Whether you’re soaking up some sun at the beach or sipping iced tea in your backyard, use these lazy summer months to learn a thing or two about the professional world and your own personal development. The following summer reading list will help guide you through the next decade at the office and in life.


The ultimate summer reading list for young professionals


1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Stephen R. Covey’s bestselling book was originally published in 1989 and has since sold 25 million copies. The book has guided millions through professional and personal achievements. It is organized through sections devoted to the following 7 values: being proactive; beginning with the end in mind; prioritizing; thinking win-win; seeking first to understand; not to be understood; synergy and balance. The book is an excellent way to start off your career with positive values and principles that will help you achieve your goals.


2. Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps

If you’re overwhelmed by the prospect of being a grown-up, this comprehensive guide to “adulting” is the perfect summer read for you. Kelly Williams Brown’s comical book about becoming an adult is full of practical and easy-to-read insights on life beyond university. Topics range from personal finances, to stocking a kitchen and even dating.


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3. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

A must-read for both men and women, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg uses anecdotal and quantitative evidence to point out how women are both held back and holding themselves back in the business world. Sandberg encourages women of all ages to “Lean In” at their jobs, advocating for their ideas and their capabilities instead of deferring to male colleagues.


4. Outliers: The Story of Success

Malcom Gladwell’s book Outliers is a New York Times Bestseller and has been generally well received by critics. The book explores the reasons behind the world’s most successful people and undertakings. According to Gladwell, it’s more than just hard work and ambition that leads to success. These variables are outlined in the book.


5. How to Win Friends and Influence People

Become the king or queen of networking with Dale Carnegie’s best-selling self-help book. The book has been incredibly influential in the business world, giving general interpersonal advice, tips on how to make people like you and insight on how to convince others of your way of thinking. The book also offers advice on how to be a successful leader and how to offer criticism in a way that people will respond positively to. It’s never too early to prepare to be an effective leader.


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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!


6. 101 Secrets for your Twenties

This comical life advice book is aimed at young people navigating the early stages of adulthood. With a mix of brutal honesty and humor, Paul Angone’s book will comfort youthful anxieties about “making it” and make you realize that you’re not alone. Angone’s book of truths is a guide that covers friendship, risk-taking, Facebook and more.


7. Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School?: 99 Personal Money Management Principles to Live By

Learning about how to manage your personal finances isn’t the most exciting way to spend your time, but investing in learning this stuff will pay off big time in the long-term. 99 Personal Money Management Principles to Live By makes personal finance easy to understand and simple, so that you can get on the path to financial stability as soon as possible.



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Elizabeth Trovall

After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her fourth year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.
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