Brain Food // Summer Reads

To us, one of the best parts of summer is ditching the screens, and heading outside to enjoy the sun and sand with the type of book you just can't put down. Because even if you devour books year-round, there’s something special about summer reading. The only real challenge seems to be figuring out which new releases are worth your valuable leisure time!

To help inspire your summer rituals, we rounded up some of our favourites along with a few new ones we can't wait to get our hands on. Let us know which ones make your list!

DARE TO LEAD BY BRENE BROWN | Her TED Talk on vulnerability changed everything for us, and we can't help but fan-girl over basically everything Brene does. Deep into the research, she has spent the past two decades studying some of the trickiest emotions that give life meaning, like shame and vulnerability. After working with transformative leaders and teams spanning the globe she found that a common underlying question was asked by all: How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders? Brene uses research, stories, and personal examples to answer these questions.

BECOMING BY MICHELLE OBAMA | Need we say more? Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world. A vulnerable read that shares both her successes and disappointments, Michelle is a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

BIG MAGIC BY ELIZABETH GILBERT | We've drawn inspiration from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years, and now she's shared her wisdom and unique understanding of creativity to show us all just how easy it can be. She shares stories from her own life, as well as friends and colleagues, to show us how to embrace curiosity, invite in what we love, and face down what we fear most.

WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES BY CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS | The pressures of modern life have made it difficult for women to hold onto the wild nature we are born with. In Women Who Run with the Wolves, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés unfolds the myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and other stories that show us how to reconnect with the fiercest attributes of our wild, instinctual nature. 

GAME CHANGERS BY DAVE ASPREY | Founder of the Bulletproof empire, Dave Aspery is as much of a leader in business as he is in wellness. When he started his Bulletproof Radio podcast over 5 years ago he sought out influencers in a number of different disciplines, from biochemists to meditation masters, to answer one question: “What are your top three recommendations for people who want to perform better at being human?” This book shares some of his top findings.

I WAS THEIR AMERICAN DREAM BY MALAKA GHARIB | A journal of growing up and a reminder of the thousands of immigrants who leave their homeland in search of a better life for themselves and their children. The daughter of parents with unfulfilled dreams, Malaka navigated her childhood chasing her parents ideals, adapting to a new culture and trying to be an all-American kid. Malaka's upbringing will look familiar to anyone who grew up in the pre-internet era, but her particular story is a heartfelt tribute to the American immigrants who have invested their future in the promise of the American dream.

CHILLPRENEUR BY DENISE DUFFIELD-THOMAS | Feeling burned out? Sick of the 'hustle and grind' culture prevalent on your IG feed everyday? Get over your perfectionism and embrace the flow of the Chillpreneur. A money mindset coach, Denise Duffield-Thomas shares business advice and a counter-intuitive millionaire mindset lesson to set you on the path to abundance. Packed with reassuring and practical advice, Chillpreneur challenges the old, boring assumptions of what it takes to create success in business, so you can create financial independence with ease and grace.

Woodlot xo