MERU's 2022 Summer Reading List


Our favorite reads this summer

Need a good read? If you're looking for a book to enjoy on your next vacation, our latest reading list features something for everyone.

by Hernan Diaz

Recipient of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Hernan Diaz captivates readers with his enthralling and exhilarating masterpiece, "Trust". The novel is about the roaring 20’s, the great depression, capitalism, and greed. Four books in one, "Trust" skips time, bends genres to create a literary puzzle that begs to be unraveled and solved. – Jason

How Big Things Get Done: The Surprising Factors That Determine the Fate of Every Project, from Home Renovations to Space
by Bent Flyvbjerg and Dan Gardner

The overarching question of the this book follows how a vision gets turned into a plan that ultimately becomes reality. If that appeals to you, you'll enjoy Bent and Dan's analysis of why some projects turn into nightmares whereas others succeed. By the end of the book, you'll have a set of principles to use to not only lead better projects, but also increase your chances of success. – Hershel

The Club: How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports 
by Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg

Captivating exploration of the rise of the English Premier League, delving into the unprecedented evolution of a league that revolutionized soccer. With tales of mega-deals, star-studded rivalries, and passionate fan culture, this book unveils the captivating journey of how the Premier League transformed into a global powerhouse, forever altering the landscape of the beautiful game. – Samiksha

Atomic Habits
by James Clear

A comprehensive, practical guide on how to change your habits and get 1% better every day. Using a framework called the Four Laws of Behavior Change, "Atomic Habits" teaches readers a simple set of rules for creating good habits and breaking bad ones. – Nick

The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World's Most Succesful People Launched Their Careers
by Alex Banayan

A great book for the recent graduates in your life. "The Third Door" by Alex Banayan follows the author's larger-than-life journey at 18-years-old, when he set out from his dorm room to track down the world's most successful people. Through one-on-one interviews with Bill Gates, Maya Angelou, Steve Wozniak, Jane Goodall, Quincy Jones, Larry King, and more, Banayan uncovers how they broke through and launched their careers. – Anna

The Storyteller
by Dave Grohl

A must for any Foo Fighters fan, but also relevant to anyone interested in hearing the back stories from an incredible American songwriter. – Josh

Man's Search for Meaning
by Viktor Frankl

A memoir and psychological exploration of Victor Frankl's experiences in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Through his own suffering and observations, Frankl highlights the importance of finding purpose in life as a means of survival and resilience. He introduces logotherapy, his psychotherapeutic approach, and emphasizes that even in the most extreme circumstances, individuals can choose their attitude and discover meaning, leading to a more fulfilling existence. – Kevin

Not So Black and White
by Keenan Malik

"Not So Black and White" by Kenan Malik is a critical exploration of race, identity politics, and cultural debates. The book traces the history of the concept of race from the Enlightenment to the present day, challenging widely held assumptions and highlighting the forgotten history of a racialized working class. Malik also examines contentious topics like cultural appropriation and identity politics in a unique way that doesn’t just echo the talking points of Fox News or MSNBC. – Kyle

Leveling Up
by Ryan Leak

Leak empowers readers to elevate their lives in various domains such as relationships, career, health, and mindset. Through personal anecdotes and inspiring stories, he encourages readers to step out of their comfort zones, embrace challenges, and pursue their dreams with passion and determination. "Leveling Up" serves as a valuable resource for anyone seeking to unlock their full potential and achieve success in all areas of life. – Jessie