The 2015 Summer Reading List

Summer is reading season, so here I've compiled a list of books that suit themselves to the most literary of seasons. Some I've read, and some I have not. The ones I have read move along nicely. This is a requirement for a good summer book. It has to be enjoyable and not drag. The others, well, they look promising. Enjoy, and let me know if you have any others I should know about. 

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance. The man of the moment and the story behind his rise. Looking forward to reading. 

Crazy from the Heat by David Lee Roth: Surprisingly well-written and even more surprising, out of print. Still easy to find online though. Grab a copy and strap into a wild ride hosted by a truly unique individual. 






Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand: Page turner. 35,000 U.S. planes lost during World Wr II. Just one of the amazing figures in this book which is easily one of the most amazing stories of will and determination I’ve ever read. It will snap things into perspective pretty quickly. 





Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan. No one is writes about surfing better than William Finnegan. As a surfer and writer, this is right in my wheelhouse. 






Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright You saw the documentary, now read the book. The story of how L Ron Hubbard created his cult, which melts the minds of so many actors and yields so much power. 





Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do by Studs Terkel. No one interviews better than Studs Terkel. His oral histories should be required reading for every American. Stories from a master story teller. 





The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday: I don’t usually go for self-help type reads, but this one is full of practical advice on how to change the problematic way you're thinking about life and success. Also, it’s rich with interesting anecdotes from history that really are fascinating.  





The Johnston Flood by David McCullough - 2,200 people dies in the 1889 flood and David Mcculough’s telling is commonly understood as one of the greatest narratives ever written. Having just finished the Great Bridge, I’m itching to get into another Mccullough book.