9 Books to Read Before Summer Ends

By Connect Staff, September 2, 2016

Since summer doesn’t officially come to a close for another three weeks, we thought we’d share a few books our editorial staff read and loved this season. Some of them are new releases, while others may have been sitting on your shelf for the last few years gathering dust, waiting for you to pick them up. So settle in to your Adirondack chair over the long weekend, and enjoy any (or all, if you’re feeling ambitious) of these summery reads.

“Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson
In today’s political climate, the core of the issues can often be overshadowed by the voices explaining their solutions. In “Just Mercy,” Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, recounts his experiences representing the poor and wrongly condemned, and in turn reflects the individual stories of a very broken criminal justice system. His pursuit of justice and what he learns about compassion along the way is simultaneously heartbreaking and inspiring.  —Natalie Dupuis, Associate Editor

“Sweetbitter” by Stephanie Danler
This best-selling novel about a girl new to New York City and the restaurant world is flying off the shelves. I read it cover to cover in three nights.  —Stephanie Davis Smith, Editor-in-Chief

“The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman
My husband and I read this together over the summer and it’s a must for newlyweds. In it, marriage counselor Dr. Chapman explores how love is expressed and received through five languages: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service and physical touch. Chapman says learning your spouse’s primary love language is essential to the health of your marriage.  —Hayley Panagakis, Assistant Editor

“How to Have a Good Day” by Caroline Webb
Economist and former McKinsey & Company partner Webb has written the productivity-focused book to transcend all others. Its key message is to set intentions and create filters to maximize day-to-day efficiency—and ultimately create a life of happiness. You’ll find yourself folding every other page corner to remember to share tidbits with your team.  —Kelsey Ogletree, Executive Editor

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