Dive into these books for a perfect summer read

While some industries slow down during the summer, real estate tends to heat up. For most REALTORS®, time is a luxury.

However, finding time for yourself is important, too.

That’s where we come in. Thanks to CREA staff and input we collected through our social pages, we have compiled the perfect summer reading list.

Three self-help books.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Are you looking to succeed in life? From business and family to education, The Power of Passion and Perseverance explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, factors such as identifying our passions and following through on one’s commitments can make a difference in life.

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

After the sudden death of her husband, author Sheryl Sandberg believed she and her children would never experience joy again. In Option B, Sandberg combines her personal experiences with psychologist Adam Grant’s new research to find strength in the face of adversity.

Working with Emotional Intelligence

For Daniel Goleman, emotional intelligence is the single-most important factor in job performance and advancement in one’s career. While not everyone is born with it, Goleman believes emotional intelligence can be acquired by following a set of skills laid out in this book.

Three business books.

O Great One!: A Little Story About the Awesome Power of Recognition

Based on the real-life experiences of acclaimed businessman David Novak, O Great One! tells the story of how Jeff Johnson, the chairman and CEO of a struggling toy company, uses the power of recognition to reinvigorate his family’s business.

Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook

No matter your salary, age or when you started, business strategist Tony Robbins believes his new book, Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook offers the tools to help you achieve your financial goals faster than you ever thought possible.

Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are

Each day, the world amasses an average of eight trillion gigabytes of data. From economics and ethics to sports and sex, this data offers endless information about the human psyche. No longer do we need to rely on people telling us the truth, because the data can’t lie.

Three fiction books.

All The Light We Cannot See

Based in Europe during World War II, the highly acclaimed All the Light We Cannot See follows the lives of a blind French girl and orphan German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as the pair try to survive the devastations of war.

The Woman in Cabin 10

Given the assignment of a lifetime, travel writer Lo Blacklock boards a cruise ship bound for the North Sea. While on the boat, the weather turns and Lo watches as a woman is thrown overboard. However, all passengers on the ship are accounted for.

Pillars of the Earth 

Set in 12th-century England, this epic tale of good versus evil centres around the fictional town of Kingsbridge. As Philip, a devout monk, attempts to build the greatest Gothic cathedral in the world, he is met with conflict and political upheaval.

Three non-fiction books.

Born a Crime

From apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show, TV host Trevor Noah’s memoir is a story of a young boy struggling to find himself. As he grows, so too does his relationship with his fearless mother who is determined to make sure her son has a better life.

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures recounts the true story of four African American women mathematicians, better known as “human computers,” who did work at NASA. They remarkably used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers needed to launch rockets into space.

A Long Way Home (Lion)

At the age of five, author Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India and was forced to survive alone on the streets of Calcutta before he was adopted by an Australian family. This story, now adapted for the big screen, follows Brierley’s yearning to understand where he came from and his attempts to reconnect with his family.

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Do you have a recommendation to add to our 2017 summer reading list? Share it in the Comments section below!

As Communications Manager, Michael Shaw manages a dynamic team of talented communicators and social media experts. Whether its content produced by CREA or REALTOR.ca, Michael has seen it and approved it. When he’s not working or taking care of his daughter, Michael is travelling the globe, watching live music or relaxing on the dock.


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