2021 Summer Reading List


7 favorite reads for the summer

Looking for a good read? Whether you're off to the beach on family vacation, unplugging for the weekend with a trip to the mountains or enjoying downtime at home this summer, our latest reading list curated by the MERU team has some great books to choose from. Check out this year's list below!

How to Decide: Simple Tools for Making Better Choices
by Annie Duke

If you suffer from analysis paralysis when making decisions or constantly reanalyze decisions when outcomes did not go as intended, then this is the book for you. It will help you make better quality decisions with more confidence as well as help you learn from the past to better inform your future decisions. - Kat

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
by David Epstein

Many of us have heard the advice to specialize before we progress too far in our careers. But for many people and in many disciplines, the opposite path can be even more fruitful. As someone who has made a career in a niche field, but with broad interests, this book really spoke to me. - Kyle

The Caesars Palace Coup: How a Billionaire Brawl Over the Famous Casino Exposed the Power and Greed of Wall Street
by Max Frumes and Sujeet Indap

From the Vegas Strip to Wall Street boardrooms and Federal courts, modern corporate titans collide in this explosive true story of how private equity firm Apollo Global Management's thirty-billion-dollar buyout of Caesars Entertainment turned into unprecedented bankruptcy of the gaming empire. Some familiar faces appear throughout! - Geoff

by Tina Fey

Bossypants has been on my list since it was released in 2011. Since then it's sold over 1 million copies and it's easy to see why - I laughed so hard I cried throughout this collection of autobiographical essays. It's certainly an easy summer read that will provide you with plenty of endorphins and a few life lessons along the way. - Alissia

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
by Samin Nosrat

This #1 New York Times Bestseller introduces readers to the four simple elements of great cooking. Salt - which enhances flavor, Fat - which delivers flavor and generates texture, Acid - which balances flavor, and Heat - which determines the texture of food. While it is an intimidating approach to cooking, mastering these skills turns the everyday chef into a pro. This novel-like cookbook is interesting, insightful and worth a read. For the documentary buffs, you can check out the 4-part docuseries featuring Nosrat on Netflix. - Anna.


by Stephen R. Brown
If you are fan of history, this engaging novel tells the adventures of the six "kings of commerce" that built the modern world. This story blends biography, corporate, and colonial history, bringing to life the fascinating tale of the trading companies that dominated this era and the rise-and-fall of the 6 merchant kings. - Austin
by Caroline Criado Perez
As the world shifts towards Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, a critical data gap remains - gender! Over the decades, most data that has been collected (and upon which most of our learnings have been predicated) has failed to consider the impact of gender. With this critical component missing from most data-driven models, the gender gap is expected to continue to affect women in an unfavorable way. Caroline makes a very compelling (and well-researched) case on importance of sex-disaggregated data to make decisions in all spheres of life, ranging from healthcare to technology. Winner of 2019 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award; a must-read for any business leader, executive, policy maker, or anyone in a decision-making capacity. - Samiksha