Is summer really the best time to catch up on reading? After all, paperbacks were practically made for stuffing in beach bags and the seatback pockets of airplanes. But few things are more enjoyable than reading a good book on an overcast Pacific Northwest October day. So, pull on your favorite hoodie, sit back with a warm cup of something pumpkin-flavored, and crack open one of these time-worthy tomes.

 

Your Happiness Was Hacked

by Vivek Wadhwa and Alex Salkever
Berrett-Koehler Publishers | $24.95

We all seemingly love our digital devices, right? If we didn’t, why would we spend so much time scrolling through Facebook, composing Tweets, and uploading selfies to Instagram? Authors Vivek Wadhwa and Alex Salkever argue it’s because these behaviors have been “deeply ingrained and continuously reinforced,” leading to the destruction of “the key pillars of our lives — work, play, health, relationships, and happiness.” In this book, readers will learn to be happier, healthier, and more empathetic by allowing technology to remain in their lives, on their own terms.

Taming Your Crocodiles

by Hylke Faber
Ixia Press | $26.95

Crikey! If you’re looking for tips on how to subdue a menacing crocodile à la Steve Irwin, this is the wrong book. Instead, author Hylke Faber engages in a different sort of battle, one that is fought in the trenches of the modern office, rather than Down Under. Through intensive self-reflection, Faber learned to ditch his “crocodiles” — fear and intimidation — by charting a purpose-filled path based upon the values that mirror who he really is.

Which One Am I?

by Larry J. Snyder
Iron Twine Press | $19.95

In 2016, while on a mission trip to Sierra Leone, one question shook author Larry J. Snyder to his core and irrevocably changed his life: “Which one am I?” The question was posed by a young West African girl as she peered at the back of Snyder’s camera, where he displayed the photo he’d just taken of the girl and her friends. This got Synder thinking about the people in his own life who couldn’t see how extraordinary they were, even as many of them were dedicating their time and energy in service to others in need. Throughout this book, readers may recognize many famous Washingtonians, like Chef John Howie and the late Senator Andy Hill. More important, though, Snyder hopes readers recognize how to make their own difference in the world.