Summer Endings and Recommended Reading For Fall Beginnings

Staff matters book for small business success - fall reading

It was a weird and challenging summer for me. Do you relate? It was either too wet or too hot to truly enjoy the outside. My business fluctuated between slow and very busy and a lot of noise: between lawnmowers, leaf blowers, and my work on my house, I often had to surrender to the one thing that has always been my greatest escape and resource: reading. 

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabriel Zevin – Bill Gates usually picks ten summer reads, and this summer, he picked 2. This book is one of them. It is unique in the story, and it is an excellent read.

Hello Beautiful by Ann NapolitanoThis story is about family and sisters and storytelling. Still, it’s also an examination of identity, the consequences of doing love badly, and how love can be redeemed. 

The Housemaid by Frieda McFaddenNow, if you want to sit down and escape, the following two books will do this for you. They are about 5th-grade writing; they read quickly and hold attention. One Sunday, I put myself in the Chase lounge at 10 in the morning and read until 4. 

The Housemaid’s SecretThis is a sequel. 


Staff Matters by Bonnie Low Kramen This book is written as the solution to our global workplaces’ most significant problems. Bonnie has done this with heart, rare authenticity, and rock-solid data. I highly recommend this book. Bonnie and I have been working together for three years, and it is a gift in my life to support her and her mission.

Play Bigger by Al Ramadan, Dave Peterson, and Chris LochheadPlay Bigger shows why it’s so important to build category kings and what it takes to succeed in this new discipline of category design. This is a must-read book for all brand marketers, VCs, and board of directors who want to take market creation into their own hands.”

Write a Must Read by J Harper This is a very well-written book, and while it is a book about how to write a book, it is valuable to understand how to differentiate yourself. I enjoyed it.


Built to Move by Kelly and Juliet StarrettKelly and Juliet have long been at the forefront of translating complex health and fitness concepts into practical, accessible tools to help us move better. They are masters in this domain and Built to Move distills their vast knowledge into widely applicable daily habits and tools to help you move better and live better.”

Superhuman by Dave Asprey This book offers a revolutionary approach to anti-aging that will help you up your game at any age.

The Survival Paradox by Dr. ElizaA true pioneer and leading voice in integrative medicine, Dr. Eliaz presents a profound yet practical healing model through fascinating research and inspirational patient stories. The Survival Paradox is a much-needed paradigm shift that offers life-changing inspiration and guidance for deep, transformative healing on all levels. 

I hope this short list of my extensive reading benefits you. If you read anything you love, I would like to hear about it. Here’s to growing and learning and finding peace.


Shelly Berman-Rubera

Shelly is committed to teaching you exactly what to do or can alternatively execute on your behalf. As a serial entrepreneur, she has hands-on experience and wisdom to move you quickly towards your desired results. She is an inspiring strategist and brilliant wordsmith, believing that what we say and how we say it, ultimately compels others to engage with us. Shelly is considered one of the top business coaches in today’s business world.