The point of summer vacation (or any vacation) is to unplug from work, which too few people truly do. If we do it right, we arrive back at work recharged, refreshed and ready to go. And while the traditional notion of summer book reading is about escaping into thrillers, mysteries or romances, some of you might want to read about work while you unplug from work – both of which can make you work better when you return.

So as a follow-up to our summer book guide, here’s the Thrive Global Summer Book Guide to Work. The half-dozen books on this list are all about some aspect of work, entrepreneurship or careers that you can mix-in with your lighter summer fare. In the end, as long as you’re putting your phone down — to read, sight-see, connect with your friends and family, or just to do nothing — you’re doing vacation right.

Bring Your Human to Work: 10 Surefire Ways to Design a Workplace That Is Good for People, Great for Business, and Just Might Change the World, by Erica Keswin

How companies can build their workplaces around the way humans really connect in a way that’s not just good for business but good for the world.

She’s Back: Your guide to returning to work, by Lisa Unwin and Deb Khan

Getting back into the workforce is often not a smooth process for women. Here’s how to merge back in without losing momentum.

The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate, by Fran Hauser

A handbook for how women can succeed by transcending the double-standard in which women are labeled either nice — and thus weak — or aggressive and intimidating.

Chief Wellbeing Officer: Building better lives for business success, by Steven P. MacGregor and Rory Simpson

As our workplaces become increasingly automated, the ones that can leverage uniquely human qualities will flourish — and here’s how to do that, both in your workplace and in your own life.

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

An account of the improbable ways in which leaders, celebrities, executives and scientists, ranging from Bill Gates and Maya Angelou to Steve Wozniak and Jane Goodall, launched their careers.

Growth IQ: Get Smarter About Building Your Company’s Future,by Tiffani Bova

Too many companies foster cultures of burnout in the pursuit of short-term growth as an end in itself, and this book shows us how to maintain growth by building a purpose-led culture and leveraging, instead of sacrificing, the dedication of your people.

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Author(s)

  • Arianna Huffington

    Founder & CEO of Thrive

    Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive, the founder of The Huffington Post, and the author of 15 books, including Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In 2016, she launched Thrive, a leading behavior change tech company with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success. She has been named to Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. She serves on numerous boards, including Onex and The B Team. Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, both became instant international bestsellers. Most recently, she wrote the foreword to Thrive's first book, Your Time to Thrive: End Burnout, Increase Well-being, and Unlock Your Full Potential with the New Science of Microsteps.