If you’re looking to improve yourself in the warm summer months and learn new things, here are the best books to read this summer.

Every year, there are books released that rock the charts and make people talk. On my lifestyle design blog, I mostly feature nonfiction books that help you expand your mind, learn new things, improve your health and build a lifestyle you don’t need a vacation from.

Best Books to Read This Summer 2020

Own the Day, Own Your Life by Aubrey Marcus.

Own the Day, Own Your Life by Aubrey Marcus

The founder and CEO of Onnit, the mega lifestyle brand and one of the fastest growing companies in the country, teaches us how one single day of positive choices leads to a lifetime of concrete strategies for better living, optimal performance, and a stronger mind, body, and spirit.

From workouts and diet to inbox triage, mindfulness, shower temperature, and sex, this ground-breaking manual provides simple strategies for each element of your day.

Buy: Kindle / Hardcover / Audiobook

My Morning Routine by Benjamin Spall and Michael Xander.

My Morning Routine by Benjamin Spall and Michael Xander

Some routines are all about early morning exercise and spartan living; others are more leisurely and self-indulgent. What they have in common is they don’t feel like a chore. Once you land on the right routine, you’ll look forward to waking up.

Whether you want to boost your productivity, implement a workout or meditation routine, or just learn to roll with the punches in the morning, this book has you covered.

Buy: Kindle / Hardcover / Audiobook

12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson.

12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson

One of the most read books on Amazon teaches you how to live better.

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson’s answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.

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Principles by Ray Dalio.

Principles by Ray Dalio

Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past forty years to create unique results in both life and business – and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.

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Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari.

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens is a summer reading pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg.

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one – homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?

Dr. Harari compels us to look ahead because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?

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The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco.

The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco

Since you were old enough to hold a job, you’ve been hoodwinked to believe that wealth can be created by blindly trusting in the uncontrollable and unpredictable markets: the housing market, the stock market, and the job market.

But there’s another way. Demand more. Change lanes and find your explosive wealth accelerator. Hit the Fastlane, crack the code to wealth, and find out how to live rich for a lifetime.

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about the experience.

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different – and far more satisfying – than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

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The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

A word of mouth phenomenon since its first publication, The Power of Now is one of those rare books with the power to create an experience in readers, one that can radically change their lives for the better.

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Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl.

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished.

Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.

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More Great Books to Read

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