Ah summer, time for BBQs, block parties and the perfect opportunity to catch up on your reading list. After all, who doesn’t look forward to relaxing on the beach with cold drink and time to lose yourself in a good book?
Here at Concur, we set out on making the perfect list.. We received a ton of submissions, from the classics to business inspiration. And with so many great books on our list, we trimmed it to the most popular ones— from our Concur community.
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
by Alexandre Dumas
Who doesn’t love a classic? Escape into the story of Edmund Dantes, self-styled Count of Monte Cristo — filled with intrigue, betrayal, escape, and triumphant revenge moves at a cracking pace. It’s the perfect tale of good vs evil where you are never sure if you want to love, hate or feel sorry for the hero.
by Hugh Macleod
Any of the books by The Gaping Void, a.k.a. Hugh Macleod, are a great read for anyone looking to be happy in both life and work — that ever special work/life balance we are all searching for today. Here Macleod plots out a perfect evil plan to ACTUALLY start doing something he loves, doing something that matters.
by Dan Brown
Venture into a mystery filled with picturesque locations, dangerous adventures and artistic vision. A perfect read while relaxing on a boat or at the beach.
by Danny Brown and Sam Fiorella
The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
by Clayton Christensen
And The Mountains Echoed
by Khaled Hosseini
This is an unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else. Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, and at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.
The People Code
by Taylor Hartman
As an author, psychologist, and leadership coach, Dr. Hartman offers a remarkably astute system for segmenting everyone into specific Motive-types denoted by a color: red (power wielders), blue (do-gooders), white (peacekeepers), and yellow (fun lovers). He then explains how to maximize effectiveness between all color combinations. (By the way, I’m a yellow —and ready for a fun summer!)
Acuff has an honest but witty style of writing, and his book will have you thinking about your life in a serious manner, but with a smile on your face. Learn to live in the moment and start doing what you need to do NOW in order to make your dreams a reality.
Brian is one of my favorite thought leaders in the new media marketing world. His books are all about how to rethink how you do business, and this one is no different. In WTF, he discusses how to incorporate the power of "user" experiences. It provides an overview of real-world experiences— versus "user" experiences in relation to products, services, mobile, social media, and commerce, among others. This book explains why experience is everything and how the future of business will come down to shared experiences.
by Pete Carroll
Thanks to the Concur community for helping us with our summer reading list. Special thanks to Rieva, Jason Miller, Steve Strauss, Ramon Ray, Jody Seibert, Thomas Marks, Rebecca Sheenan, Julie Chase and Sean Goldie for all their input.
There you have just a few of the books on our summer reading list. What’s on your reading list this summer? Image credit: http://bit.ly/1a8XSen