By Sophie Weissensteiner
This month we present you a collection of light-hearted, inspiring, and engaging books to enjoy during summer. No matter, if you are on holiday or at home, our editors’ book recommendations are tailored to recharging your batteries. After all, this season is for revitalisation, relaxation, and enjoyment (especially now, as the last year has demanded a lot from us).
The Art of Creative Thinking written by Rod Judkins is a revelation of how we can grow as individuals, businesses, and societies through a deeper understanding of human creativity. The author looks at creative thinkers throughout history – from the Dada Manifesto to Nobel Prize Winning economists, from Andy Warhol’s studio to Einstein’s desk – and inspires you to think more creatively.
Matthew is an eleven-year-old boy with an imaginary friend – Chocky – that he talks to regularly. His parents are worried about his imaginative friendship, however, they get intrigued by Chocky, after their son started to talk about startling things. Matthew speaks of complex mathematics and mocks human progress, and one day he finds himself doing something incredible. Everyone wants to know: Who is Chocky? What does it want from Matthew?
James Clear, a world-renowned habits expert, shows how small decisions can have a big impact. In modern day life, people think you need to think big in order to change something in life. However, Clear points out that real change comes from the compound effect of hundreds of small decisions – doing two push-ups a day, waking up five minutes early, or holding a single short phone call. He calls them atomic habits.
He reveals how these minuscule changes can grow into life-altering outcomes with simple life hacks and delves into psychology and neuroscience to explain why they matter.
John finds answers about himself in a small café in a remote area in Hawaii. This place that seems to be in the middle of nowhere confronts him with questions about the meaning of life. As a stressful manager who takes a break from everyday life, this is a destination where he finds more than a cup of coffee on the table – most of all inspiration for his purpose in life.
The menu presents three questions to him: Why Are You Here? Do You Fear Death? Are You Fulfilled? John has a lot to ponder over, and with the guidance of his waitress, Casey, the owner/cook, Mike, and fellow patron Anne, John is about to find himself.
Kindle version: The Why Are You Here Café by John P. Strelecky
We hope you have a wonderful summer – full of sunshine, joy, and recreation. As always, you can find more book inspiration in last months‘ book clubs. In June, we have celebrated Father’s Day with books that have had a meaningful impact on our editors’ relationships with their father figures. If you want to learn more about sustainability, we have a list of our favourite books available.
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