We Asked, You Answered: What Are Your Recommended Summer Reads?

From fiction to business topics, association professionals are reading a little bit of everything this summer. Read on for some book recommendations from your colleagues.

Looking for something to read on the beach or lake, in the backyard, or even on a plane this summer? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Whether you like fiction or something more directly related to your work, here are some recommendations from fellow readers.

Lynn Grone

Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness

American Gastroenterological Association

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune. It is ultimately a story about inclusion told masterfully through the experience of a lonely government worker who finds an unlikely family.

Heidi Ellis

Senior Director, Membership and Partnership Strategy

International Society for Technology in Education

The Business of Belonging: How to Make Community Your Competitive Advantage by David Spinks. It provides good research and actionable takeaways to create, build, and leverage your community to help achieve your organization’s business goals.

Lynette Pitt

Executive Director

North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys

Swimming Between Worlds by Elaine Neil Orr is a story about the internal struggle of living up to the expectations of family and society during the start of the civil rights era in the American South. An excellent read that in some ways resonates again today.

Kristen Rayner

Program and Marketing Manager, Member Experience

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant. Summer is a great time to recharge your creative thinking, and this book will help you do that. A beautiful reminder to engage and re-engage, particularly with your thoughts and assumptions. Spring cleaning for your brain!

Christopher Mundschenk, CAE

Executive Director

Building Service Contractors Association International

The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek. This is a great book that reminds you that most organizations think with a finite approach, but each of us can choose to act with an infinite mindset. Simon’s books are so well-researched and written; they are loaded with illustrations and stories that reinforce his points. One of the key takeaways that sticks with me is the mindset of managers at the Four Seasons Hotel and the difference between, “How can I get the most out of my people?” and “How can I create an environment where my people can do their natural best?”


Samantha Whitehorne

By Samantha Whitehorne

Samantha Whitehorne is editor-in-chief of Associations Now. MORE

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