CREA Café presents – the ultimate summer reading guide

Life as a real estate agent over the summer is kind of like that kid who lives close enough to walk to school during snow storms: while everyone else is outside and playing, you’re stuck inside working.

But, fear not! Whether you’re looking for ways to unwind while on vacation or for a few moments during the day, here is your ultimate summer reading guide – based on suggestions from a few of us here at CREA.

Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart Into a Visionary Leader
Becoming Steve Jobs takes on and breaks down the existing myth and stereotypes about Steve Jobs and answers the question: How did a young man so reckless and arrogant become the most effective visionary business leader of our time?

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
An inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley’s most audacious entrepreneur: Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family and friends, the book traces the entrepreneur’s journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world.

Creativity, Inc.
From Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, comes a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve-center of Pixar Animation.

Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises
Timothy F. Geithner takes readers behind the scenes of the U.S. financial crisis, explaining the hard choices and politically unpalatable decisions he made to repair a broken financial system and prevent the collapse of the Main Street economy.

When to Rob a Bank
Is buying local food economically efficient? Does bribing kids improve their performance on school tests? The quirky geniuses behind Freakonomics are back using the tools of economics to answer some of the most unanswerable questions on the Freakonomics.com blog.

Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right
This witty and highly provocative book asks a simple question: How is it possible that the disastrous collapse of the free market economy in 2008 could have heralded a popular revival – of the right?

How to Add Value to Your Home
For more than a decade, Scott McGillivray has been renovating and investing in real estate. In How to Add Value to Your Home, Scott shows homeowners and investors how they can make the most of their investment.

Design Mom: How to Live with Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide
Ever since Gabrielle Stanley Blair became a parent, she’s believed that a thoughtfully designed home is one of the greatest gifts we can give our families and that the objects and décor we choose to surround ourselves with tell our family’s story.

Jay Shafer’s DIY Book of Backyard Sheds & Tiny Houses
Internationally-recognized small living expert, Jay Shafer, provides photos, elevation drawings, and door/window schedules for constructing small buildings, plus an extensive how-to set of instructions that can be applied to any backyard project.

I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend
In this engagingly witty, wise, and heartfelt memoir, Martin Short tells the tale of how a showbiz-obsessed kid from Canada transformed himself into one of Hollywood’s favourite funnymen, known to his famous peers as the “comedian’s comedian.”

The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and the Day that Almost Was
Only the most fearless of political journalists would dare open the old wounds of the 1995 Quebec referendum. Chantal Hébert and Jean Lapierre ask 17 key political leaders: what were these political leaders’ plans if the vote had gone the other way?

The Girl on the Train
Three women, three men, connected through marriage or infidelity. Each is to blame for something. But only one is a killer in the nail-biting, stealthy psychological thriller about human frailty and obsession.

Do you have a recommendation to add to our summer reading list guide? Share it in the Comments section below!

Kylee Sauve, Director, Communications, leads a dynamic team of communicators, translators and designers in the execution of CREA's strategic priorities. Since starting her career with an internationally recognized non-profit organization, Kylee has gained more than a decade of communications experience. When not in the office, she can be found working on her house or yard with her husband and dogs.


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