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Summer Reading List from the Business Library

Jackie Guzman, Katie Diamond


#1 In The Name of Gucci: A Memoir by Patricia Gucci
HD9940.I84 G8513 2016
Picked by: Andrea
Rating: 7/10
This memoir by Patricia Gucci goes behind the scenes of the Gucci family and their Italian fashion empire—the love affairs, the glitz, the glam, and the madness. Patricia shares the story of her father, the late Aldo Gucci, and his secret mistress, Bruna (Patricia’s mother). Aldo didn't marry Bruna because he feared it would have jeopardized the Gucci name. Explore this story of love and the rags-to-riches tale of how Gucci became a luxury Italian brand. There’s more than meets the eye, and not everything came easily.


#2 The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg 
BF 335 .D76 2012 
Picked by: Jacob
Rating: 10/10

We are all creatures of habit, so it makes sense that to improve ourselves, we should improve our habits. The author uses numerous notable examples to illustrate his points, demonstrating that high achievers have used the principles that he discusses. I recommend this book to anyone looking to improve themselves, or anyone merely interested in psychology, because habits maintain a stronger power than many of us realize. If we recognize this, positive personal change becomes a simpler process to grasp


#3 Principles by Ray Dalio
HF5386.D167 2017
Picked by: Jacob
Rating: 10/10

Ray Dalio is a very successful businessman, and he considers it his responsibility to share the lessons he has learned through decades of life and business experience. I consider this book a very helpful tool for college students that find themselves in need of some guidance in how to be more responsible in their lives.

At the least, students can see how this one financially successful person was patient, ambitious, and respectful toward others in pursuing his goals. This book demonstrates the notion that things that are worthwhile to accomplish do not come easy. Dalio's principles can be useful to anyone that is willing to learn them.


#4 Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity by Charles Duhigg
BF431.D8185 2016
Picked by: Re'Anna
Rating: 7.5/10

My love for poker drew me into this book. I was never a good player, but with each game I became more and more skilled. Poker is a highly dedicated game and requires critical thinking and acquisition. I never realized how poker could relate to real-life values and how the simple card game could help you gain knowledge. Smarter Faster Better focuses on thinking strategies and how they can be applied to everyday life and even your career. If you are a poker player or a college student, then this book is for you!


#5 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
BF637.S8 C68 2013
Picked by: Halley
Rating: 10/10

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is an excellent book that helps you improve yourself. This book truly shows you how a positive attitude can benefit you and that you shouldn't let small things ruin your day. Having a positive outlook and taking responsibility for your actions can lead to an improved life for you and everyone around you. Whatever goals you want to accomplish can be made easier through the tips in this book.



#6 The Cubs Way by Tom Verducci
GV 875 C6 V47 2017
Picked By: Kyle
Rating: 8/10 

The Cubs Way is an in-depth story of how the Chicago Cubs transformed a historically bad baseball team into World Series Champions. This book is definitely for a baseball lover, as it tells how Theo Epstein, Cubs General Manager, leaves his job in Boston to build the Chicago Cubs Dynasty.

The Cubs Way does a great job of personifying the integral players of the championship team, such as Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, and Kyle Schwarber, including their personalities and work ethic that allowed them to take down the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the World Series. You really feel like you’re a part of the 2016 Cubs organization, which makes for a thrilling read. I highly recommend! 


#7 There is Life After College by Jeffrey J. Selingo
LB2343 .S45 2016
Picked by: Zainab
Rating: 9/10

Author Jeffrey Selingo introduces readers to various ways of approaching college and earning a degree. From hands-on class settings to gap years, Selingo explains that the traditional way of going to college is not the best solution for every person. I really enjoyed this book because it broadened my perspective on why students should go to college.

Oftentimes, we feel so pressured to get done with school as soon as possible without realizing that there may be other methods better suited for our futures. This book showed me how important it is for students to be proactive during college through experience like internships and leadership programs, no matter what field of study they are going into. With these experiences, you can open up doors of career opportunities in the future.


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