Summer 2022 Reading

Add These 10 Radically Relevant Books to Your 2022 Summer Reading List for Inspiration, Empowerment and Hope for the Future

Looking for some inspiring books to add to your 2022 summer reading list? We’ve curated a summer reading list of radically relevant books that will help you succeed at work, create a meaningful life, understand your big feelings, reframe your brain and more!

In addition to adding these 10 books to your beach bag — if book clubs are your thing — you can also Join Kim Scott, author of Just Work and Radical Candor, in her new Career Development Book Club on Fable.

In this book club, you’ll get exclusive access to read alongside and get real-time coaching from Kim.

Together you’ll work to build a kickass culture of inclusivity for your team, strengthen your relationships with each direct report, create a culture of guidance (a.k.a. feedback), and build a team on which everyone is taking a step in the direction of their dreams and achieve astounding results (a.k.a. get s**t done).

Your three-month Club Membership includes three ebooks built for interactive reading on Fable, guided by Kim. You’ll read Radical Candor, Just Work and Kim’s self-published novel, Virtual Love, in the Fable app, where you can share highlights, comments, and resources, and start discussions right inside the book.

Whether or not you join the club, check out these 10 titles from our friends and folks we admire. Happy reading!

10 Uplifting Books for Your 2022 Summer Reading List


1. When They Win, You Win: Being a Great Manager is Simpler Than You Think
By Russ Laraway
Laraway provides a simple, coherent and complete leadership standard that teaches managers how to lead in a way that measurably and predictably delivers more engaged employees and better business results and shows organizational planners how to make their managers great!

2. BUILD THE DAMN THING: How to Start a Successful Business If You’re Not a Rich White Guy 
By Kathryn Finney
Finney empowers entrepreneurs to take advantage of their unique networks and resources; arms readers with responses to investors who say, “great pitch but I just don’t do Black women”; and inspires them to overcome naysayers while remaining “100% That B*tch.”

3. Soul in the Game: The Art of a Meaningful Life
By Vitaliy Katsenelson
Part autobiography, part philosophy, part creativity manual, Soul in the Game is a unique and vulnerable exploration of what works, and what doesn’t, in the attempt to shape a fulfilling and happy life.

4. Get the Word Out: Write a Book That Makes a Difference
By Anne Janzer
Whether you’re an industry thought leader seeking to expand your impact or someone with a tiny following and a big idea, this book will help you approach your project with clarity, confidence and commitment.

5. Big Feelings: How to Be Okay When Things Are Not Okay
By Liz Fosslien & Mollie West Duffy
Weaving surprising science with personal stories and original illustrations, each chapter examines one uncomfortable feeling — like envy, burnout and anxiety — and lays out strategies for making it manageable.

6. Don’t Quit Your Day Job: The 6 Mindshifts You Need to Rise and Thrive at Work
By Aliza Knox & Wendy Paris
Driven by Knox’s four decades working in and leading some of the world’s most celebrated firms, and featuring candid accounts of other people’s successes and missteps, this book is an essential guide to integrating your professional and personal goals to build a fulfilling, complete life.

7. ChangeMasters: How to Actually Make the Changes You Already Know You Need to Make 
By Barry J. Moltz
Moltz reveals much of the psychological research around why change is so hard for so many people and the real-life strategies that every small business owner can employ to make the changes they need in their company.

8. The Gift of Lift: Harnessing the Power of Stewardship to Elevate the World
By David R. York
We live in a world that tells us how to live, what matters (and what doesn’t), and how to get what it says we want. Among us, however, are those who live differently.  More than mere consumers, dreamers, or even owners, these people have found the ancient secret to a life lived as a steward. The Gift of Lift seeks to unlock these secrets and provide a pathway towards intention, meaning, and purpose.

9. Unstuck: Reframe Your Thinking to Free Yourself from the Patterns and People that Hold You Back
By Lia Garvin
Jam-packed with persuasive research, compelling examples and confidence-building exercises, Unstuck will get you moving again in the direction you want at the speed you desire, no matter what ― or who ― is holding you back.

10. Mouse in the Room: Because the Elephant isn’t Alone
By David Wood
We long to be seen and heard, to be known and loved for who we really are. We crave connection — both at home and at work. And yet we’ve been conditioned to hide behind a mask, afraid to reveal our true selves for fear of being rejected, getting a bad reaction, or losing something valuable. If you want to create a culture of belonging that attracts and retains top talent and builds thriving teams, read this book.

*Book descriptions adapted from Amazon and/or the authors.

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A professional writer, editor, storyteller and content strategist with more than 15 years of experience, Brandi Neal is the director of content creation and marketing and the podcast producer for Radical Candor. Some of the stranger things she has done include walking on fire (twice), hiking to the top of an active volcano in the middle of the night, hanging from the wing of an airplane (and letting go) and participating in an impala dung-spitting contest, which is just as gross as it sounds. In a movie of her life, she wants to be played by Stana Katic.