How many times have you looked at a book and said to yourself, “I ought to read that” but never did? Well, the good news is summer is a great time to catch up your reading, so take out that list of books-to-read-but-you-never-did-because-you’re-a-procrastinator and get on it.
However, if you don’t have a list (or forgot what’s in it), and you’re looking for new and interesting books to pick up but aren’t willing to jump on the 50 Shades of Grey bandwagon (welcome to the club), then check out the list below, and you just might find your next favorite book.
1. StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath – Still trying to find that perfect idea or brilliant “thing” that will make you successful? Well, there’s a good chance that what you’re looking for is already IN you. This book will teach you to find it, by allowing you to tap into your natural talents and discover what you’re good at. Considered as one of the best self-discovery books out there, StrengthsFinder 2.0 is a must-read.
2. Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn – Looking for something with more action and suspense? This novel has all that and more. The “Gone Girl” in this story is Amy Dunne, the clever and beautiful wife of Nick Dunne. Amy disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, and Nick is the prime suspect. But did he really do it? The only way to find out is to roll with the twists and turns of the Dunnes’ world, which involve countless lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior.
3. To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again: A True Story by Mary C. Neal M.D. – Whether you’re a devout believer or a skeptic about miracles and life after death, this will serve as an interesting read for you. To Heaven and Back tells the story of Dr. Mary Neal, an orthopedic surgeon, wife, and mother. In 1999, during a trip to the Los Rios region of Chile, Neal died in a kayak accident. However, it wasn’t her time, and unfinished business required her to come back to physical life. In this book, Dr. Neal narrates her experiences of going to heaven and back—from talking to angels to the sadness of having to return back to Earth. In a world that’s so tech and data driven, this book comes as refreshing breath of fresh air. If you want a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life and is craving for a new perspective, be sure to give this a read.
4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey – First published in 1999, this book remains to be a bestseller. The 7 Habit of Highly Effective People is groundbreaking and effective. It will teach you how to solve personal and professional problems using “a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach”. Pick it up now and be a whole new—BETTER you by the end of the summer.
5. Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Revised Edition by Joel Fuhrman – Forget about crazy diets and cleanses, Eat to Live is the real deal. Dr. Furhman gives readers a six-week plan to help manage toxic hunger, cravings, and unhealthy foods. This is a great book that gives insights about “how and why eating the wrong foods causes toxic hunger and the desire to over consume calories; whereas a diet of high micronutrient quality causes true hunger which decreases the sensations leading to food cravings and overeating behaviors.”
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