It’s summertime, which means it’s time for summer reading lists. Many government workers will be shipping out for vacations during the hot summer months, maybe for a more tepid climate, and will take along their their favorite professional development book or novel.
The Federal Eye and GovLoop asked in last week’s Federal Buzz question of the week for government workers to tell us what’s on their summer reading lists, what they recommend to others, and whether they like to supplement their work with their vacation reads or whether they go for entertainment.
Here is what Fed Page, Federal Eye and GovLoop readers told us they are reading in their downtime this summer:
John Lucien, facility operations specialist, Library of Congress:
I’m reading “18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done” by Peter Bregman. I would highly recommend it for anyone who wants to gain insight into how to focus their career and personal goals. It’s also an enjoyable read, because Bregman is an engaging storyteller.
I plan to read “The Amateur” by Edward Klein, which has been No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list for weeks. This book brings an inside perspective to the Obama administration. For some reason, this book has not received coverage by the Federal Page or elsewhere in The Washington Post or other liberal media.
Gerald Thompson, Ogden, Utah, Internal Revenue Service:
I am reading two books: “American Canopy” by Eric Rutkow and “American Grown” by Michelle Obama. I read a lot. No preferences. I read history, environmental and nature, and fiction. My most recent favorite was the trilogy of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson. Oh, wow, what a fabulous creation!
William Blumberg, management assistant, Orange County Fire Authority:
I am looking forward to reading “Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality” by Scott Belsky.
Glenn A. Batuyong, senior Web developer, Port of San Diego:
As a public employee in a communications role, I am a big fan of “The New Rules of Marketing and PR” by David Meerman Scott.