Yalo Summer Reading List 2020

We typically share Summer Beach Reads right around August. Our tribe quickly throws together simple, sometimes salacious reads they are diving into during vacation. But, not this year.

No need to state what so many of us already know: this year has changed…everything.

Though, when we starting going through the same exercise of collecting current reads, the list became its own living beast. A beast that is searching for something deeper, more meaningful and—in some cases—a way to better themselves.

Check out our list of beach or homebound reads below:

Nonfiction, Business, and Self-Help

Range by David Epstein

“I chose this book because I really loved his earlier book called The Sports Gene and this book focused on how in a world of specialization today, people that can flex and learn/do different things are often more successful.” – Lance Shoulders

Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss by Kim Scott

“A big part of Design System Management, well, management. I can sit down and bang out work all day, but team communication isn’t my strongest attribute. I want to establish a strong, assertive, and caring voice so that I can provide better feedback and direction. I hope it’ll help the teamwork better together and grow into our expanding DSM offering.” – Jon Bishop

How to Fight a Hydra by Josh Kaufman

“It explores the uncertainty and fear inherent in facing down any ambitious challenge, from starting a new business to completing a work of art. The risks involved can never be eliminated, but they can be understood, anticipated, and mitigated.” – Denise Cowden

The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon

“The last 6 months have been filled with lots of negative energy. It just feels like the perfect time to revisit this guide for bringing positive vibes to your life and those around you.” – Scott Efferson

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

“This book has long been recommended to me by my old economics professors, and I am excited to dive into the intersection of our minds and how we process thoughts and information, with our interactions in the external world through the lens of business in our society. It can help us better understand our perceptions of ourselves, as well as the potential biases we all encounter.” – Marisa Katz

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

“I’m always on the hunt for new books and even better if it’s an author I know and like. I use goodreads and bookbub to read reviews and find deals for Apple Books. Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek popped up for a steal a few weeks ago and is a great read!” – Annie Dawson

Nonfiction, Science, and Mathematics

The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer

“The Untethered Soul discusses our relationship with our thoughts and emotions. It jumps into what we can do to eliminate unnecessary thoughts that limit us from our unconsciousness. It assists in learning to let go, becoming more centered, staying open to the world, and living a full life.” – Max Mitchell

The Wizard and the Prophet by Charles C. Mann

“The environmentalists vs. the technologists in shaping the future. Should we be cutting back to conserve or innovate for prosperity? Does a good job of presenting both points of view and leaves you to decide.” – Rich Krahn

Restoration Agriculture by Mark Shepard

“Looking to put more sustainable practices in place for everything from my garden to landscaping and forest management. Relevant and applicable for the work I’ve been doing on my 40 acres off grid homestead in North Central WA State” – Brian Eisenberg

Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz

“My rescue dog is my respite. She is my early morning walk. The foot warmer under my desk. My fearless protector against all groundhogs and rabbits hopping outside my window. As life continues to be uncertain, she is my constant comfort. This book helps me understand what’s going on inside her head.” – Rachel Stallard

A Fan’s Guide to Baseball Analytics by Anthony Castrovince

Super excited to share this book for a couple reasons! 1.) My husband wrote it and it’s his first book! 2.) It’s funny and easy to understand. 3.) I love baseball and had no idea what any of these newer stats meant!” – Kate Castrovince

Biographies and Autobiographies

Driven from Within by Michael Jordan

“Some really great motivational, internal strength messaging in there. “Anything can happen if you are willing to put in the work and remain open to the possibility.” “I focus on the little things. Little things add up to big things.”” – Arnold Huffman

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

“A friend got me this book for my birthday. Read it in one day. As Atticus Finch only exists in fiction, Bryan Stevenson is very much alive and fighting for the poor, oppressed, voiceless, and vulnerable. Inspiring and powerful story.” – Maggie Tyma

Chiffon Trenches by Andre Leon Tally

“Chose this as I was interested to learn more about this renowned individual of the fashion world – spent much of his tenure at Vogue, was a close friend of Karl Lagerfeld, Andy Warhol, etc. I have always admired his personal style- as well as his commentary on fashion. If you don’t know the name you will recognize him as Anna Wintour’s right-hand man…the one in an impeccably tailored suit paired with a daring cape and killer accessories. Incidentally, the book also details his perspective on being a minority in the fashion world; a topic that is obviously top of mind right now.” – Rachel Gehrs

Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter by Curtis Jackson (“50 Cent”)

“I am reading this one because I was interested to hear him speak about turning his tragic losses coming up into great success as an artist and businessman. He also focuses on how he had to embrace change both personally and professionally. ” – Brandon Bradford

A Very Punchable Face: A Memoir by Colin Jost

“Everyone likes a funny book.” – Eric Cantini

The Operator by Robert O’Neill

“I love anything from Rob, so decided to read his book.” – Kevin Macconnell

You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington by Alexis Coe

“With all of the recent events, I’d love to read an unvarnished look at Washington to get more of the real story of his life. The author (the first non-white male biographer in 40 years to tell his story) has been attacked by conservatives for this book – one going so far as to call her an LGTBQ-loving, Jewish lesbian.” – Chris Moe


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

“I believe too many times, we as a people, choose to keep quiet on issues when speaking up could jeopardize our way of life. When the moment is bigger than you, we should take a step forward instead of a step back. The main character in this book, Starr Carter, helped me understand how important this really is. Initially, she struggles with the idea of voicing what’s on her mind as we all do, but eventually finds the strength to stand up for what she believes in.” – Cline Bates

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

“I chose this book because during quarantine my family watched the movie altogether and I loved the movie right away. That night I ordered the book and began reading as soon as it came. ” – Bob Faller

Dune by Frank Herbert

“The classic sci-fi novel. My friend recommended it to me, and I’ve always been a fan of sci-fi worlds in general.” – Daniel Warner

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

“I am super excited about the sequel to Ready Player One, which is called Ready Player Two and will be released just before Thanksgiving. It chronicles the adventures of a group of friends that takes place in and out of virtual reality. A scavenger hunt for a hidden Easter Egg and ownership of the largest virtual world was at stake in book one, so we will now learn how the new group runs things. It shows both the good and bad sides of emerging tech, and is a lot of fun.” – Drew Pearson

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

“I can argue that this is the best crime novel ever. It is for sure the best I have read (and I have read a ton). I love everything about this: amazing plot twists that hooks you from the first chapter. I wasn’t able to stop reading once I started. I finished it in one sitting and without a doubt one of the best two hours of my life.” – Mohamed Mahmoud

The Huntress by Kate Quinn

“This book is a powerful and enthralling historical fiction novel set in the aftermath of World War II. It follows a battle-haunted English journalist and a Russian female bomber pilot who joins forces to track the Huntress, a Nazi war criminal gone to ground in America. Facing sometimes insurmountable odds they are forced to face the consequences of war and determine the price they will pay to seek truth and justice for the ones they love.” Filled with grace, grit, love, and tenacity, this the perfect book for fans of historical fiction.”- Sarah Scheider

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