So to me, summer time equals the perfect time for reading. Really, any time you can squeeze in a book as a busy adult is a good time, but summer for me means it's the perfect time to squeeze in lots of reading. And that's why this reading list is dedicated to us adults (past reading lists for preschoolers to 2nd graders and teens). Let's squeeze in sometime to read, follow adults!
1) "Why Not Me?" by Mindy Kaling
First, it's funny and pretty quick to read. I read it a few years ago, and then suggested it to a book club last summer-- I was re-reading it for the summer and started sharing excerpts with Bobby, and he thought those excerpts were so funny, that he asked if we could read Mindy's book together. Second, this book has some good career advice in it. Also, if you're in an industry where there's an over representation of a certain demographic, this book may provide comfort (it did for me).
2) "It's Not Rocket Science" by Mary Spio
Mary is a satellite engineer turned entrepreneur, so of course I wanted to read this book (a female engineer whose crushing it, shark yes!). This book is really about how to become entrepreneur, but Mary does share some of her own personal story. She was an immigrant from Ghana and she became on engineer with patents, which lead to her starting her own company. Hearing her story was the part I liked best and very inspiring. Her entrepreneurial and changing-the-game career advice is on the optimistic side, so I think this a good read to give yourself a boost if you're down in the dumps about your career. Sometimes we just need the positive message.
3) "Yes, Please" by Amy Poehler
This book made me laugh and cry so hard. Amy talks about everything from her childhood, to just starting out in the comedy business, to marriage, kids, and divorce, to working in a male dominated field, and to moon hunting (you'll have to read the book to find out what that is). And she wrote it all in a way that made me relate and empathize with everything, even though I've never done stand-up, worked for SNL, or been married to Will Arnett. I have enjoyed all the books on this list, but if you forced me to pick just one for you to read, "Yes, Please" is the one I'd recommend.
4) "Lean In" by Nell Scovell and Sheryl Sandberg
There's a lot commentary on this book- a lot of its bad, but a lot of its good. While I didn't agree with everything the authors wrote in this book, it is still a good book for both men and women to read to start to understand the issues working women have.
5) "Hidden Figures" by Margot Lee Shetterly
I've already written a review of Hidden Figures, which you can read here, but its a great book to read during the summer and to read in intervals. If you've seen the movie and found the movie inspiring, you will also find this book uplifting. I also enjoyed reading about the Civil Rights movement and wars that were happening in parallel to Katherine, Dorothy and Mary.
6) Bossypants by Tina Fey
Again, a really funny book. And again, Bobby and I read it together and laughed much at Tina's words. In Tina's book, the career advice isn't so straight forward as Mindy's or Amy's. If I remember correctly, Tina writes somewhere in the book that she doesn't want to give straight out career advice (because each of us have unique situations or something along those lines), so it's kind of more just work stories. Those work stories are very entertaining though, and you might even find yourself going, yep I've had one of those moments.
That's it for this list-- I'll have more adult, teen, and kid reading list soon enough. And since you're smart, you recognized the pattern here for this list: autobiography/biography or person sharing career journey/career advice and all written by women. If you have fiction book recommendations or other career and biography book recommendations (written by both women and men), then please share these recommendations in the comments! I'm always looking for a new book to read. Happy summer reading everyone!