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Summer is here, and if you’re like us, you’re already working on your summer reading list for the months ahead.

There’s nothing better than sitting back with a good book on vacation or from the comfort of home on a lazy afternoon. It’s true, summer is one of our favorite times of the year for learning something new, working on your reading goals or simply just passing the time with a great story.

With so many great books out there and so little time, it’s only natural for a little bit of FOMO to set in as you try to fill your summer reading list. To help you get started, check out these recommendations from our team:

Leadershift: The 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace

By John Maxwell

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“The only constant in life is change, and in business, it isn’t any different. Disruption is the enemy of a business’ long-term success, and leaders need to prepare themselves and their team to be the drivers of disruption or run the risk of obsolescence. The advertising industry and the homebuilding industry know this all too well, but just knowing it doesn’t get you any closer to being prepared for it. No one can pretend that change isn’t hard — it’s uncomfortable. John Maxwell’s ‘Leadershift’ is the remedy to that discomfort. It teaches business leaders how to be willing and ready to adapt to an ever-changing world and, more importantly, empower the people around them to be advocates of that adaptation.”
–Tom Nelson, President

The Happiness Equation

By Neil Pasricha

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“Life is short, competitive and frequently stressful. It’s so easy to get caught up in the fight and lose focus on the simple idea of being happy. It’s a challenge every day to choose to find ways to be happy. Cultivating happiness and making it a priority helps navigate all the complexities of this fast-paced and demanding world. This book has parts that you will agree and disagree with, and things you choose to apply in your life and things you may think are frivolous. For me, it’s a great reminder that happiness is a state of mind that we can subscribe to or not. Summer, an inherently happy season, is a perfect time to pick up this title.”
–Sarah Eckel, Vice President, Account Services

The Goldfinch

By Donna Tart

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“I actually read this book last summer on vacation, but it’s by far the most engaging book I’ve read in recent years. ‘The Goldfinch’ is a coming-of-age story of a boy who loses his mother during a terrorist bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It follows the fate of the boy and his mother’s favorite painting, The Goldfinch by Fabritius. And with the movie adaptation coming out later this summer, there’s no better time than now to read the book.”
–Beverly Virkler, Associate Creative Director

Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction

By Kurt Vonnegut

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“Summer moves fast — these stories move faster. In the ever-present quest for writers to craft better, more compelling narratives that are quick and easily digested, collections like this serve as insightful reference material. Perseverance, love, joy and sorrow are all communicated effortlessly in these distinct yet familiar stories. It’s excellent mental stimulation for long summer days — a true delight.”
–Megan Jurnak, Junior Copywriter


By Steve Simms

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“‘Bluefishing’ is all about taking control of your own destiny in the face of long odds and significant challenges. It’s a transformative experience for anyone who reads it (or listens to it as an audiobook), and it’s become a staple in NDG Communications’ library for that reason.”
–Kellie Burch, Accounting Manager

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

By John Carreyrou
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“Although this book was released last summer, I came across it only recently, and it’s stuck with me ever since I finished it. This is the definitive inside look at the historic rise and fall of Theranos, the once-promising blood diagnostics startup led by Elizabeth Holmes that was valued at over $9 billion at its peak despite having no viable product to show for it. Both a lesson in the dangers of idolizing perceived visionaries and a dramatic detail of an absurd culture that permeates well beyond Silicon Valley, ‘Bad Blood’ is a must-read this summer.”
–Greg Jensen, Digital Strategy Manager

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