Summer is here, and you’ll surely spend some time away from the computer (please tell us you will). Either you’re going camping, sunbathing, or just to a coffee shop around the corner, you’ll be bored without your laptop. So why not read a book?

We know there’s nothing worse than stumbling on a book that sucks. That’s why we have a dedicated Five & Shoutem Slack channel where we recommend great books to each other. How do we know they are great? We recommended them, duh…

So, without further ado, here are our five summer recommendations (without any particular order).

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE

by Phil Knight

This book is so good that our CEOs Luka and Viktor decided to give us a copy for last Christmas. It’s a brutally honest autobiography from the founder of Nike, that will make you think twice what it’s like to give all your passion and dreams for something you truly believe in.

You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself

by David McRaney

Or YANSS. Accept it. Even if your IQ is above average, you are still not very intelligent. There’s even a podcast. Only if you read/listen all of that, only than you’ll have a chance to be less dumb. Some of us did, so technically we’re a little bit smarter than you. Therefore you should accept our advice. Read it! You’ll thank us later.

Consciousness Explained 

by Daniel C. Dennett

An interesting book that goes deep into explaining human consciousness, just like the title says, trying to explain it. It uses very interesting analogies, related to the IT industry, like the virtual machine, Turing Machine, etc.

Outliers: The Story of Success

by Malcolm Gladwell

Some people are so successful at what they do that we don’t overstate if we call them geniuses. But what does it take to be a real genius? It turns out, quite a lot of things have to overlap in the right way to get another Bill Gates, David Bowie or Wayne Gretzky. This book explains why some people shine, while others get lost in the mass of mediocrity.

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

by Daron Acemoğlu, James A. Robinson

The same principle why some succeed, while others don’t, can be similarly used on countries. Many people think that it’s the natural resources and geographical location that decide if the country will get rich, but it all comes down to the leadership and their decisions that make it or break it. It also explains why helping developing countries isn’t that easy, and giving money usually doesn’t help much.

Girl With Broken Umbrella

by Davor Banović

We’ll conclude with a little shameless self-promotion. Davor Banović A.K.A. Bane, QA and Release Manager at Osijek Office, loves writing. He loves it so much that he wrote a book, with an interesting title, and even better storyline. It will capture your attention with characters, deeply involved in the world of art, literature, philosophy, and religion.

So, there you go. Even if you read a few books a week, or you’re more of a tsundoku practicer, we’re sure you’ll appreciate our carefully curated list. Enjoy your reading!