The 4 Books on My Summer Reading List

It’s currently creeping towards Labor Day weekend and I can’t believe another Summer is coming to a close. This has been, by far, one of the busiest and most enjoyable summers of my life so far. With a few trips in the books to Vietnam and Japan, and taking on some new personal skill-building projects, I found myself with enough time on the weekends to lounge on a beach somewhere near the Atlantic Ocean to enjoy some new books (and go back to an important re-read as well.)

That being said, I’m hoping you’ve all enjoyed your summer as well and I wanted to share a few of the books over the summer that I’ve been reading:

The Quiet American by Graham Greene is a 1955 novel by English author Graham Greene which depicts French colonialism in Vietnam being uprooted by the Americans during the 1950s. I bought this to read before and during my trip to Vietnam over the Summer. It’s an anti-war novel and in my opinion, a great depiction of the plight of colonialism and how Vietnam has certainly suffered from the effects of this throughout their history.


Dr. Jordan B. Peterson is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto, a clinical psychologist, and public speaker. This book, 12 Rules For Life, was recommended to me by a handful of good friends, noting that it has changed their entire philosophy on life and given them some real direction to their personal mission.

It’s been on the bestseller list for a few months now, and I’ve heard Jordan Peterson on various podcasts speak about his work previously. I’ve just started this book over the weekend while I was in Cape Cod and I am hooked.


With the suicide of Chef Anthony Bourdain happening earlier this Summer, I thought I would take the time to re-read his first New York Times Bestseller, Kitchen Confidential.

Anthony’s writing voice always spoke to me in a certain way, his tone of nonfiction that read like fiction with a twist of Hunter S. Thompson always captivated me, and I would say that I’ve strived to write in a similar way and would say that he was a personal hero of mine. His story is now tragic, but that doesn’t take away from his writing. In fact, it elevates it to a higher status, which is possibly what any ‘tormented artist’ may dream of; if you were ever captivated by Tony, and who wasn’t? This book is worth a read.


Startup: A Novel is a book that was published by senior BuzzFeed journalist Doree Shafrir. It’s her novel debut and, in my opinion, provides a hilarious take on the current ‘tech-scene’ that you might have seen parodied in the HBO show Silicon Valley.

It’s a really entertaining take on the problems of the modern professional that hit home for me.


I’ve really enjoyed these books over the course of the Summer, and I’ve linked each of the books for you to buy on Amazon if interested. Fill up your reading list for the coming months, and if you have recommendations of your own, give me a shout on Twitter @claytonwert and let me know!

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