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Recently I was asked by my boss Danny Cahill to be a guest on his podcast and discuss which books I suggest people should add to their summer reading lists. Danny knows that I am a bit of a self-help nut, as there is nothing I love more than to read a great book on the beach. It’s my FAVORITE thing to do. In the

When Danny asked me, I was more than happy to rattle off some of my all-time favorites. Once the podcast was over, I realized that I had only scratched the surface and that there is a drastic difference between the types of literature I read/listen to–depending on my location and day of the week. So, I thought my blog was a great chance to not only share with you the books I mentioned on the podcast, but also to clarify what I read, when and why.

For starters, you must know that Emily on a Monday morning driving to work is a drastically different individual than Emily on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon during the summer… “Monday Emily” is slightly tired because Mondays are Mondays, but overall, I am really motivated and ready to take on the week and overcome and excel at whatever life throws at me. To no surprise, the books I choose to read on weekdays tend to follow that type of mindset. For example, some of the books are about financing, public speaking, health and diet, positive mindsets, etc. They are also all mostly through the Amazon Audible app. I have a longer commute to the office, so I kill time by crushing books during my drive!

Then Friday rolls around and an entirely new Emily emerges from the ashes. This person wants nothing to do with work and only wants to play. Once the weekend arrives, all the fun books come out. Romance, thrillers, and dramatic fiction books are out to play for the weekend.

SO here they are- just a few of my “weekly reads” and some weekend “beach reads”, that are on the top of my go-to reading list: 


The Orphans of Race Point – Patry Francis

My Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

The Good Girl – Mary Kubica

Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

Girl on a Train – Gillian Flynn

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats – Jan-Philipp Sendker

You before Me – Jojo Moyes

My Grandmother Asked me to tell you She’s Sorry – Fredrik Bachman



The Universe Has Your Back – Gabrielle Bernstein

You are a Badass at Making Money – Jen Sincero

TED TALKS – The Official Guide to Public Speaking – Chris Anderson

Slight Edge – Jeff Olson

The Science of Getting Rich – Wallace D Wattles

High Performance Habits – Brendon Burchard

The Power of Vulnerability – Brene Brown

The Subtle Art of Not giving a F**** – Mark Manson

Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell


Feel free to check some of them out and let me know what you think! … Hopefully you will enjoy them as much as I have!  Also, I always LOVE book suggestions – so PLEASE share your favorite books of the summer in the comments below or on my social media!