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4 Books To Read On The Beach This Summer

Because knowledge is power.

Whether you’re scouring Amazon for the best new book to add to your eReader or book collection, strolling through Barnes & Noble checking out the new releases, or wandering through your local used bookstore (the personal favorite), deciding which book(s) to pick up is no easy decision. No matter what type of book you tend to gravitate towards, here are some recommendations we think you’ll be glad you chose.

Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War— Robert Coram

Yes, this ~500 page book may take a little longer to get through compared to others, but we promise it’s well worth the read. Boyd may have been one of the greatest fighter pilots to ever don a U.S. flag, but that’s just where his story begins. Developing the F-15 and F-16, devising the majority of the post-WWII strategies still in use today around the world, and following his morals regardless of temptation from wealth and power, Coram beautifully pieces together this story that makes it impossible to put down.

“Remember you have something no one else in the class has. You have principle and integrity. That means you will be criticized and attacked. But in the end you will win. Don’t let it bother you.”

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson — Mitch Albom

If you’ve ever read any of Mitch Albom’s books, you know that not only are they impossible to put down, but that they’re always packed with brilliant life lessons. Albom’s first book set the bar high for all his others that followed (which will undoubtedly be featured in later posts) as the story follows the love between Albom and his mentor, Morrie Schwartz, and the lessons Morrie bestowed upon him in the last months of his life.

“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

A Dog’s Purpose — W. Bruce Cameron

If you love dogs like we do, this book will destroy you in the best possible way. This story is told from a dog’s point of view as he searches for his purposes over the course of many lives. Weaving together stories that will leave you laughing, and others that will likely have you holding back tears, this will make you want to hug your pet by the end of the story.

“People are vastly more complicated than dogs and served a much more important purpose. The job of a good dog was ultimately to be with them, remaining by their sides no matter what course their lives may take.”

Not Fade Away: A Short Life Well Lived —Laurence Shames and Peter Barton

The life of Peter Barton had everything that a man could dream of – courage, success, spontaneity, wealth, family. Everything was perfect, until the day Peter found out he had cancer. Instead of shutting down and letting the disease dictate his life, Peter went the opposite direction. Driven by an intense desire to live the remainder of his life to the fullest and to leave illustrate how others can do this as well, Peter takes on death with a hefty dose of honesty and humor. 

"I think we're redeemed at every moment we find something good among the bad, something joyful in the sorrow, something to continue being grateful for."