It’s just about Spring Break! Do you have any plans for next week? How about taking some books with you while sun tanning on the beach?

Here is a list of some of my top five books for a Spring Reading List to motivate you to get through the last half of the semester and build your professional skills and career aspirations.

1. Build Your Dreams: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love by Alexis Irving and Chip Hiden

Full of practical exercises geared specifically for 20-somethings, this book helps you figure out just what your passions are, and connects them to a realizable goal. Then it takes you through an easy five stage process on how to achieve your career aspirations.

2. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Won’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

An essential book for introverts or extroverts who are trying to better understand how introverts tick. Through exploring several different case studies, it helps you better understand your behavior and mental patterns, empowers you to use your own style of leadership, and makes you feel more justified and proud as an introvert, despite years of being teased about your “shyness” or “anti-socialness.”

3. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

This book challenges the way we think about work, retirement, and money. The most useful part of the book was the guidance on dream-lining, or evaluating the cost and availability of my dreams and breaking them into more manageable steps to accomplish them.

4. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

A great book for women about combining professional development with person fulfillment. Drawing on personal examples, Sandberg provides great advice for a variety of topics as well as a blueprint for individual growth.

5. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

The key to breaking bad habits and establishing good ones is by understanding the habit-formation process. Duhigg explains the scientific process behind individuals, organizations, and societies forming their own habits.

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