This compact, user-friendly guide whittles the overwhelming array of readerly options down to 7 diverse categories of 5 titles each—because a list of 5 great books is The 2015 Summer Reading Guide. Your guide to the season's best books—because a highly curated selection is much more useful than a list of thousands. Includes 7 fun categories of 5 books each, new releases and backlist, with tips on why you should read each one. Happy reading!
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull: You always have to take books like this with a grain of salt, but a great treatise on making a creative organization work, and the entropy that seeks to tear it all apart. Also fun to just get stories from Pixar.
Let the Great World Spin: by Colum McCann. Despite being very well written, at first I felt this was a little disjointed and shallow. You're right to trust in it, though, because the narrative tapestry is quite powerful in the end. Mostly takes place in the 70s, in NYC, where a tightrope walker makes his way between the twin towers. I found it a hard read, but beautiful.
“We overvalue nonessentials like a nicer car or house, or even intangibles like the number of our followers on Twitter or the way we look in our Facebook photos. As a result, we neglect activities that are truly essential, like spending time with our loved ones, or nurturing our spirit, or taking care of our health.”