With summer in full swing, it’s time to start crossing some of those books off of your summer reading list. If you’ve been searching for your next good book, look no further than our selection of summer reading recommendations, compiled by your WH Cornerstone team. Happy reading!
Bill’s Picks | WH Cornerstone Co-founder and President
The Future Is Faster Than You Think by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler – I spent a few days ‘live’ with Peter Diamandis at an online event, Abundance 360. This part-entrepreneur, part-futurologist says, “In the next ten years, we’ll reinvent every industry.” This book helped convince me that we’re in an epic boom cycle as many converging technologies reinforce one another.
The End of the World Is Just the Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization by Peter Zeihan – This is another forward-looking book. However, this time we focus on the consequences of America changing its role in the world at a time when globalization is unraveling. Zeihan turns the dry topics of geography and demographics into vibrant, approachable forces that drive many of the significant decisions we read about in the news.
The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn – I was surprised by how much I enjoyed my introduction to the world of alchemy when I read Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist.” Since then, I’ve realized that few authors can capture the delicate balance between fantasy and believability while taking you through ancient mysteries and credible prophesizing.
Young Forever by Mark Hyman, MD – The older we get, the more concerned we are about longevity: what we’ve done wrong in the past and what we can do right in the future to fix that. I subscribe to holistic medicine, and Mark Hyman is a leader in that field. I love his podcast, “The Doctor’s Farmacy,” and can heartily recommend the podcast and this book.
Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice by Adam Makos – I’m halfway through this book, turning page after page and looking for excuses not to put it down. I admit that I watched the movie on a recent plane flight, and I now wonder if the outcome will be different in the book. It’s a well-told story that makes us ask one question: how far would we go to save a friend?!
10x is Easier than 2x by Dan Sullivan and Dr. Ben Hardy – Dan Sullivan is considered one of the world’s leading coaches for highly successful entrepreneurs. Dr. Ben Hardy is an organizational psychologist whose blogs have been read over 100 million times.
Unreasonable Hospitality by Will Guidara – Lessons in business philosophy can come from anywhere, as this second selection exemplifies. In the case of Will Guidara’s book, it provides a fascinating insight into the high-end restaurant industry and the experience it offers to patrons. Yet you can apply those same lessons to almost every business.
Paula’s Picks | WH Cornerstone Co-founder and Principal
The Measure by Nikki Erlick. Everyone in the world receives a box on the same day with instructions not to open it as it contains a piece of string that will tell you the length of how long you will live. It’s a fascinating dive into human nature on how we can not resist opening and knowing something so heavy. The choices individuals, couples, companies and government then make with this information can bring out the worst and best in our society. I’m still thinking about this book.
Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman. Four thousand weeks is about all we have here on this earth–assuming we live to 80. How we chose to spend them is up to us. Most of us, including me, get side-tracked by long “to do” lists and can lose sight of what’s most important. This book helps you reprioritize your time management to focus on what matters most.
The Secret Letters of the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma. A wonderful and engaging tale filled with lessons on how to live your best life. I really enjoyed it. Now I need to read the original.
Get Your Life Back by John Eldredge. This is going to be an annual read to refresh my soul and remind me of the graces that God has gifted all of us. In this crazy world, we all need tools like this book to get us back on track and centered.
Zero Limits by Joe Vitale. Joe is so inspiring and this book lead me to many of his other self-improvement books. Teaming up with Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len, master teacher of modern Ho’oponopono, Vitale tells the listener how to attain wealth, health, peace, and happiness.
Being Ram Dass by Ram Dass. Ram Dass saw his life as just one incarnation of many and you get a front row seat to it all. He is someone who I have often heard about as I’ve delved into the world of spirituality. It’s amazing to see how one can reinvent themselves over and over. Being Ram Dass shares his life’s odyssey in intimate detail: how he struggled with issues of self-identity and sexuality in his youth, pioneered psychedelic research, and opened the doorways to Eastern spiritual practices. In 1967 he trekked to India and met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba. He returned with a perspective on spirituality and psychology that changed millions.
Dawn’s Picks | WH Cornerstone Director of Client Experience
Midnight at the Blackbird Café by Heather Webber. This book was given to me by a family member. It is a feel good book about love, family, forgiveness and connections. Sounds like it will be a good light summer read.
The Lioness of Boston by Emily Franklin. This is about the life of Isabella Stewart Gardner and her legacy of Art in the City of Boston. She came to Boston in 1861 at the age of 20, newly married and unsure of how to fit in. With the freedom to travel she gets involved in the world of art leading her to open her home as a museum in 1903 to show off her collections
Carlos’ Picks | WH Cornerstone Summer Intern
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Captivating book given its deep insights into the human mind and the effects of our choices. It’s a thought-provoking novel that explores the complexities of the human experience.
Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises by Robert Z. Aliber and Charles P. Kindleberger. The book was recommended by one of my professors, and it gives a lot of knowledge about the history of financial crises. It is a very interesting choice for those people that are interested in understanding the dynamics of economic instability and learning from past financial events.