The best books to chill out on a calm summer evening

Eduardo Rios Lasso Author Of Santiago: Chronicles of a Young Traveler
By Eduardo Rios Lasso

Who am I?

Writing has been a part of my life since I was at school. I always found myself expressing better by writing rather than by speaking. Later in life, I had the privilege to travel to dozens of countries. One day, I decided to combine those two passions, the one for traveling with writing. I was born in a beautiful and prosperous city with huge inequalities. The more I traveled, the more I was aware of that and many other issues. So, I decided to start writing stories where travel, and issues that affect our cities, such as poverty, drugs, mental health, and human trafficking, among many others, are reflected.


I wrote...

Santiago: Chronicles of a Young Traveler

By Eduardo Rios Lasso,

Book cover of Santiago: Chronicles of a Young Traveler

What is my book about?

Santiago – Chronicles of a Young Traveler is a fiction novel, a coming-of-age/new adult story inspired by actual events. The main character is Santiago, a 26-year-old fresh out of Law School that has always longed to see the world, but his anxiety gets in the way. One day, after years of saving, Santiago courageously buys a ticket around the world. His parents think he’s crazy, but he takes a leap of faith and sets out alone. However, the world he had imagined was far from reality. He must overcome his shyness, his anxiety and open up despite facing challenges like scams and confronting complex issues like human trafficking. This fun travel story is a tale of self-discovery and an adventure that will hook readers from the first page.

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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

By Ocean Vuong,

Book cover of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Why this book?

It is a story that shows a deep connection between a son and his mother. I could not stop thinking about my mother, to whom I also hold a special bond. It includes some history about the background of the author. In this case, he is born in Vietnam. I love when history is mixed within the context of a novel, regardless of the genre. A story can entertain you and gives you a message/lesson, but you also learn something new. Love that! This book made me go deeper into what the Vietnam war was. It is a very intimate book, vulnerable, honest, but most importantly, beautifully written.

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

By Ocean Vuong,

Why should I read it?

7 authors picked On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

An instant New York Times Bestseller!

Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction, the Carnegie Medal in Fiction, the 2019 Aspen Words Literacy Prize, and the PEN/Hemingway Debut Novel Award

Shortlisted for the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

Winner of the 2019 New England Book Award for Fiction!

Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Oprah.com, Huffington Post, The A.V. Club, Nylon, The Week, The Rumpus, The Millions, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, and more.

"A lyrical work of self-discovery that's shockingly intimate and insistently…


The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

By Mark Manson,

Book cover of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Why this book?

This book makes you forget what people may or may not think about you. It is a liberating reading. I used to “drown” myself in a glass of water as if it was the sea. After reading that book, I choose my struggles more carefully. We will always have them; I just try that they are worth the stress and time. It was my lesson learned from that book.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

By Mark Manson,

Why should I read it?

4 authors picked The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

New York Times Bestseller In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people. For decades, we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F**k positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is-a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today.…


Pachinko

By Min Jin Lee,

Book cover of Pachinko

Why this book?

I love historical fiction; if you read my book, you will see I use history to convey a message. I believe in leaving the past behind, but it is ok to look back and see where we are now. It helps focus. And Pachinko does that. It shows three generations of Korean families and all that they have gone through. She uses historical fiction to teach about the past and to see how far we have moved from there while at the same time touching the hearts of readers. Same stories of today, same feelings, same family situation but in another time, other culture, in another country. It is still relatable today. With this book you travel too, but to another time. 

Pachinko

By Min Jin Lee,

Why should I read it?

8 authors picked Pachinko as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

* The million-copy bestseller*
* National Book Award finalist *
* One of the New York Times's 10 Best Books of 2017 *
* Selected for Emma Watson's Our Shared Shelf book club *

'This is a captivating book... Min Jin Lee's novel takes us through four generations and each character's search for identity and success. It's a powerful story about resilience and compassion' BARACK OBAMA.

Yeongdo, Korea 1911. In a small fishing village on the banks of the East Sea, a club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old girl. The couple have one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja…


Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

By Trevor Noah,

Book cover of Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Why this book?

It was a super informative non-fiction book about his life. He was born to a white father and a Black mother in times when you could go to jail for it.

I recommend this book because it teaches how unreasonable can the human be. And how stupid racism was and still is today. Also, it is incredible how his multiple language skills made him move around all maas of races in South Africa when it was not the norm; pretty remarkable. Language is the key to integration in a different country than yours. I know this myself by experience. Despite all the historical details, it is a very, very fun read!

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

By Trevor Noah,

Why should I read it?

6 authors picked Born a Crime as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

WINNER OF THE THURBER PRIZE

The compelling, inspiring, (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

One of the comedy world's brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life. As host of the US hit show The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, he provides viewers around the globe with their nightly dose of biting satire, but here Noah turns his…


The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business

By Erin Meyer,

Book cover of The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business

Why this book?

I loved this book so much. I read it some time ago while preparing to start writing my first book.

It is about culture and how to conduct yourself within our globalized world—however, more into the business world context. Many of the mentioned recommendations from this book can also be applied to daily life. This book is a must-read if you work with a very international group and want to know how to deal with cultural differences.

The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business

By Erin Meyer,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Culture Map as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Whether you work in a home office or abroad, business success in our ever more globalized and virtual world requires the skills to navigate through cultural differences and decode cultures foreign to your own. Renowned expert Erin Meyer is your guide through this subtle, sometimes treacherous terrain where people from starkly different backgrounds are expected to work harmoniously together.When you have Americans who precede anything negative with three nice comments French, Dutch, Israelis, and Germans who get straight to the point ( your presentation was simply awful") Latin Americans and Asians who are steeped in hierarchy Scandinavians who think the…


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