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Summer reading for business and entrepreneurs!

Summer reading is no longer just a school assignment. To stay ahead in today’s competitive market, it is important to be well-read. You never know when you’ll have to make small talk, and you don’t want your mind turning to mush over the summer.

JP Morgan recently released its 2016 summer reading list, choosing the following 10 diverse book suggestions from 450 submissions:

  • The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future

Author: Steve Case

  • Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

Author: Adam Grant

  • Hamilton: The Revolution

Authors: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

  • Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Author: Angela Duckworth

  • Lab Girl:

Author: Hope Jahren

  • Map: Exploring the World

Author: Phaidon Editors

  • From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization through Ten Extraordinary Lives

Author: Jeffrey Garten

  • Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill

Author: Sonia Purnell

  • The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time

Author: Arianna Huffington

  1. The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness

Author: Todd Rose


For book descriptions and to find these titles on Amazon, check out:



Some more options for meaningful summer reading include:

  • What to Do When You’re New: How to Be Comfortable, Confident, and Successful in New Situations (2015)

Author: Keith Rollag, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management, Babson College

  • What Color is your Parachute (2016): A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers

Author: Richard N. Bolles

  • The $100 Start Up: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

Author: Chris Guillebeau

  • They Don’t Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something’s Guide to the Business World

Author: Alexandra Levit

  • Just Start: Take Action, Embrace Uncertainty, Create the Future (2012)

Authors: Leonard A. Schlesinger, Charles F. Kiefer, Paul B. Brown

  • The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

Authors: Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee


Undergraduate CCD is open all summer! We have walk-in hours Monday-Friday from 1:00-4:00pm, or you can make an appointment to meet with an Adviser through Babson Career Connections.

Enjoy the summer!