For many of us, summertime is synonymous with vacation—whether it’s a week at the beach or an hour on the porch. It’s also a time for reading and catching up on books you’ve been meaning to read but haven’t had the time. If you’re looking for a book that will help you grow as a person in addition to helping pass the time, consider Yalo’s Ultimate Summer Reading List for 2022. We’ve taken the guesswork out of what books are actually worth your time by compiling this list of titles that can impact your life while they entertain you.
Dave Grohl ‘Storyteller’
Great story about focus, effort and persistence that results in tremendous success not only as a musician but his life has been enriched by putting himself in the right place at the right time meeting rock icons like Elton, Joan Jett, Lemmy, McCartney, and so many more. Not to mention being a part of not just 1 HoF band but 2! He is manically hard working and loves every minute of it.
James Nestor “Breath”
Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can jump-start athletic performance; rejuvenate internal organs; halt snoring, asthma, and autoimmune disease; and even straighten scoliotic spines. None of this should be possible, and yet it is.
Robert Carson “Shadow Divers”
Sunken WWII wolfpack submarine 70 miles off of New Jersey, dangerous 230 foot depths, narcosis depths, government coverups and rewriting history, what is not to like??? This is a riveting true adventure in which two weekend scuba divers risk everything to solve a great historical mystery–and make history themselves.
Haruki Murakami “The Wind Up Bird”
In a Tokyo suburb, a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife’s missing cat—and then for his wife as well—in a netherworld beneath the city’s placid surface. As these searches intersect, he encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists. Gripping, prophetic, and suffused with comedy and menace, this is one of Haruki Murakami’s most acclaimed and beloved novels.
Walter Isaacson “The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race”
Driven by a passion to understand how nature works and to turn discoveries into inventions, Jennifer Doudna would help to make the most important biological advance since the codiscovery of the structure of DNA. She and her collaborators turned a curiosity of nature into an invention that will transform the human race: an easy-to-use tool that can edit DNA. Known as CRISPR, it opened a brave new world of medical miracles and moral questions.
Douglas Adams “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”
Douglas Adams’s mega-selling pop-culture classic sends logic into orbit, plays havoc with both time and physics, offers up pithy commentary on such things as ballpoint pens, potted plants, and digital watches . . . and, most important, reveals the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything.
Now, if you could only figure out the question.
Madeline Miller “The Song of Achilles”
A tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart, The Song of Achilles is a dazzling literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer’s enduring masterwork, The Iliad. An action-packed adventure and a marvelously conceived and executed page-turner.
Kyle Scheele “How to Host a Viking Funeral: The Case for Burning Your Regrets, Chasing Your Crazy Ideas, and Becoming the Person You’re Meant to Be”
In this entertaining and wise book, Kyle reflects on what he discovered about freeing ourselves from the pain of the past. “This story involves multiple Viking funerals, thousands of square feet of cardboard, and enough hot glue to supply your mother-in-law’s craft night for the rest of time,” he writes. “But it also involves regret, self-doubt, insecurity, and ultimately, redemption. So buckle up. It’s about to get bumpy.”
Uma Naidoo, MD “This Is Your Brain On Food”
In This Is Your Brain on Food, Dr. Naidoo draws on cutting-edge research to explain the many ways in which food contributes to our mental health, and shows how a sound diet can help treat and prevent a wide range of psychological and cognitive health issues. Packed with fascinating science, actionable nutritional recommendations, and 40 delicious, brain-healthy recipes, This Is Your Brain on Food is the go-to guide to optimizing your mental health with food.
Stacy Willingham “A Flicker In The Dark”
When Chloe Davis was twelve, six teenage girls went missing in her small Louisiana town. By the end of the summer, her own father had confessed to the crimes and was put away for life, leaving Chloe and the rest of her family to grapple with the truth and try to move forward while dealing with the aftermath.
BJ Fogg, PhD “Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything”
BJ FOGG is here to change your life—and revolutionize how we think about human behavior. Based on twenty years of research and Fogg’s experience coaching more than 40,000 people, Tiny Habits cracks the code of habit formation. With breakthrough discoveries in every chapter, you’ll learn the simplest proven ways to transform your life. Fogg shows you how to feel good about your successes instead of bad about your failures.
Now that we have listed all of our favorite books, it is time to get reading! If you think you don’t have enough time for a full book, pick up a short story or article online. You can find anything from a meditation on life to a guide on how to be an effective leader in your industry. The summer is the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy yourself while learning something new—so be sure to make the most out of it with our recommendations!
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