With July wrapping up and August around the corner, School is reminding you that it’s ’bout that time of year again!
The summer not only allows you to relax and recharge for another grueling year of textbooks, bad marks, and cranky teachers. It also gives you tons of opportunities to do stuff you probably wouldn’t have the energy to do in the Winter.
That leaves a lot of people having to figure out if they wild out for the summer or simply find peace and bliss.
Reading is one of the most relaxing things you can do, while still keeping you excited and engaged, if you can create a good routine. Summer reading reminds people that believe it or not, books can contain more than math questions and reading can be fun too!
Not only can books provide great stress relief and enjoyment, you can obviously learn a ton from a few flips of a page.
From figuring out how to avoid procrastination in your first period class, to understanding why the Fu%$ everyone needs an education, to improving your attitude around the drag of school, here’s 10 Books to Get You in the Back-To-School Mindset.
1) Furiously Happy – Jenny Lawson
Jenny Lawson provides a weirdly hilarious take on how she handled mental health issues of depression and anxiety. The laugh out loud prose and content give you an uplifting and empowering jolt to embrace negativity, discomfort, and insecurity, and in turn get rid of the pain they cause.
2) Drive – Daniel Pink
This book provides a very in-depth and well-researched foundation on why and how people are motivated. Daniel Pink connects various ideas around human nature, psychology, and animal instinct to provide you with the tools and know-how to get off your a$$ and do something!
3) Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
This absolutely crazy novel of the mind, will keep you thinking until the very last page. Using a very raw style of satirical writing and the brutalized setting of an underground fight club, this novel opens eyes to the dirty underbelly of human nature and aggressively critiques the prim and proper attitudes we feel we all should have.
4) Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously – Osho
Osho aims to change how you view fear and courage. Using a very simple and easy to follow approach and language, Osho’s book empowers readers with a revised view of what courage is, how one can foster it internally, and how to embrace fears in the pursuit of finding personal purpose in life.
5) A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
The late and great genius Stephen Hawking explains the most intense and complicated ideas about the universe and time in simple and easy to understand words that set your mind thinking about not only what you have for homework tonight but who you want to be in a galactic sense.
6) The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
This fictional story about the growth of a young shepherd boy in search of treasure weaves magic, fantasy, and romance to tell a fun and heart-warming tale about growing up, learning to learn, and listening to your heart.
7) What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 – Tina Seelig
Hindsight is always 20/20 and we often look back on our younger years wondering that if we knew better, would we have done better. Whether it’s tips about avoiding the pressure of expectations from others, feeling comfortable in your own skin, or challenging status-quo assumptions, this book is a great guide for social growth.
8) The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch
Faced with a terminal disease that would take him out of work, computer science professor Randy Pausch compiled gems of knowledge around fulfilling and caring for your childhood dreams in the form of this “last lecture”.
9) The Art & Science of Respect – J.Prince
Learn how Hip-Hop mogul businessman and street legend James Prince (J.Prince) used heart, loyalty, and commitment to God, to create his own record label, maintain a strong work ethic, and battle major adversity.
10) The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo
The feeling of having a clean work space is utter bliss. Marie Kondo’s book shows you how important keeping a clean and de-cluttered life can be to being productive, calm, and focused on your well-being.
Try one of these books out and hit us up with how you plan on using the last few weeks of the summer break!
Enjoy the sun, the vibes, and the time-off, but don’t forget that changing gears is super important. You have a lot to accomplish and this is your year!
Peace and love