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What Are You Reading?

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Summer 2021 offers a time to slow down and catch up on what you are reading.

Key Points
  • Tracking your reading can make you feel accomplished
  • Some libraries are running summer challenges
  • Reading can open up different worlds

Reading For Fun

You may find that beach reads are what you gravitate towards once the sun gets high in the sky and you’re treating yourself to a break. And hopefully, you are taking a break this summer, even if it means staying home and not working instead of going away. But as the country begins to open up and relax mask mandates, the summer months are a great time to open up your mind to new experiences.

There are many libraries that will host reading programs over the summer, but if that’s not your thing, you can take a look at bestseller lists from publications around the world. Thrillers? Mysteries? Science Fiction? Recommendations come from all around, and being willing to try different genres can help open your mind and expand your imaginations.

Reading For Profit

There are some who don’t like fiction at all, and will be reading other things this summer. One great way to learn something new is by reading about a topic you have an interest in. Looking to get more involved in your retirement by opening a Self-Directed IRA or Solo 401(k)? Adam Bergman, founder of IRA Financial has non-fiction books to help you learn more about the American retirement system and how to make the most of it. His latest, Seven Figures by Seventy is about how those saving for retirement can make their future even brighter and more well funded.

Other books that might hit the sweet spot of learning over the summer could be a biography of a current or former United States Supreme Court Justice, or President, or a book about the changing state of the world right now. There are plenty of titles from famous names about the world, the body, the mind, work, really any topic you can think of.

What Are You Reading?

You can decide what you want to learn, or read this summer, but there are a number of places in everyone’s life where it can make a difference. Say you always wanted to learn to cook French cuisine, you can join Julia Child in a summer of gastronomical delights. Or if you always wanted to learn to brew your own beer.

There are so many options for what you can read this summer. Libraries run challenges, and offer prizes, and many book clubs pop up in different places. Or you can start one yourself. Whether it’s the moms at school drop off or the dads at lunchtime pick up, there may be plenty of friends around you willing to share a reading experience.

Launching a book club at work can be a benefit, too. If you’re a David Allen Getting Things Done fan, like many corporations, summer can be a great time to read the book at work and disseminate the ideas to staff, employees, vendors, and more. Sharing a book is one of the greatest gifts you can give another person, because you’ve already read it, and formed an opinion that the recipient would enjoy what you read. It’s a lovely sentiment, and summer is a lovely time to enjoy it.

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