Just to be clear, my business book addiction also takes a vacation. \u00a0There's only so much marketing strategy any small business owner can read about, right? Sometimes, you have to change it up and this is my summer reading list that has a small business spin, but is certainly not all business. Summer Reading List A Brief History of Swearing by Melissa Mohr After spending about 25 years in manufacturing, I\u2019m ashamed to say that I\u2019ve acquired a sort of potty mouth.\u00a0 So when I saw this book on the NPR website, I thought I\u2019d add it to my reading list. Melissa Mohr takes us on a historic journey of swearing that will transform the way you react to swearing.\u00a0 For example, she covers the difference between obscenities and oaths and goes into details about how swearing or not swearing in the Middle Ages could be a matter of life and death.\u00a0 The book also covers censorship and the rise of racial slurs. Overall, this book will make you a more refined consumer of language and add to some colorful cocktail talk over the summer. The Entrepreneur Diet : The On-the-Go Plan for Fitness, Weight Loss and Healthy Living by\u00a0Tom Weede For those of us in colder climates, Summer is an ideal opportunity to lighten our eating and a great time to get healthy. Entrepreneurs lead busy and stressful lives and The Entrepreneur Diet looks like a great book to point small business owners in a healthier direction. This book is published by Entrepreneur Magazine, so you know they understand how we live.\u00a0 Inside you\u2019ll find habits for shedding fat, habits that work with busy schedules, stealth exercises that can be done on an airplane and many more healthy strategies for busy business people on the go. A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert \u201cBelieve It or Not!\u201d Ripley\u00a0by Neal Thompson What\u2019s a Summer reading list without a good biography?\u00a0 When I saw this title about Robert Ripley (from Ripley\u2019s Believe it or Not) it took me back to my childhood and one of my favorite books to grab when it was reading time and my favorite cartoon in the newspaper. You\u2019ll enjoy getting to know this cartoonist turned millionaire adventurer through the eyes of Neal Thompson (@NealThompson).\u00a0 Ripley embodied the entrepreneurial spirit with his penchant for making outrageous statements that often turned out to be true such as that Charles Lindbergh was only the sixty-seventh man to fly across the Atlantic or that \u201cThe Star Spangled Banner\u201d was\u00a0not\u00a0the national anthem. (Really?\u00a0 I didn\u2019t know this!) This is why I loved Ripley and you will find his story inspirational. Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss So if the healthy entrepreneur book didn\u2019t get your attention, maybe Salt Sugar Fat will.\u00a0 I heard about this book from some friends and then I heard an interview on NPR and this is how it ended up on my list. I\u2019m not one for conspiracies, but if you love documentaries like Food Nation, then you\u2019ll want to grab this book for yourself.\u00a0 Michael Moss (@saltsugfat), Pulitzer Prize winning writer for the New York Times unearths the \u201csecret sauce\u201d behind our cravings for all things salty, sweet and fattening.\u00a0 (Whew!\u00a0 I\u2019m glad it\u2019s not just my lack of willpower!) As it turns out, food companies spend a lot of research dollars and time figuring out exactly what trips our taste buds into wanting more and more of their products.\u00a0 They call it the \u201cbliss point\u201d and you\u2019ll call this book riveting. Hacking Your Education by Dale J. Stephens This is the season where young people are either heading into college and about to spend more money than you can earn in a decade or getting out of college with relatively poor job prospects. If you\u2019re part of either of these conversations, then this will be a book for your summer reading list.\u00a0 Dale Stephens (@DaleJStephens) claims that you can hack your education and that college degrees are antiquated.\u00a0 The new generation of \u201cHackademics\u201d (as he calls them) are building successful careers and futures with nothing more than curiosity, confidence and grit. Hmm, sounds like the attributes of budding entrepreneurs, doesn\u2019t it? Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing\u00a0by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman Many of you are going to be spending the summer at a variety of sporting events.\u00a0 If you\u2019re there with your kids or grandchildren, you might see everyone get a trophy and you\u2019ll either applaud it or go on a rant. Whichever camp you fall into, here\u2019s a book that will keep you company in the shade. Top Dog is all about identifying your own competitive style and learning how to tip the odds in your favor.\u00a0 For example, home field advantage matters in sports as well as in diplomacy and business, women are better at judging risk while men are better at ignoring it. There are tons of other interesting strategic game plans you can learn from the world of sports that you can incorporate to build a winning business. Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation\u00a0by Michael Pollan Since I\u2019m a foodie, Cooked grabbed my attention.\u00a0 This is a really interesting book, not just about food and mastering the art of elemental cooking, but about impact of NOT cooking. When we stop cooking, we hand off a critical component of nutrition as well as relationships to corporations. Michael Pollan\u2019s (@michaelpollan) position is that taking back control of cooking may be the single most important step anyone can take to help make the American food system healthier and more sustainable. Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters\u00a0by Jon Acuff The idea of \u201csuccess first and significance later\u201d is dead.\u00a0 This is the phrase that stopped me cold in my tracks.\u00a0 It explained why Gen X, Gen Y and the Millennials put such a high priority on the quality of how they spend their time and who they spend it with. Jon Acuff (@JonAcuff), Wall Street Journal best selling author explains how much the idea of success has changed over the last 100 years.\u00a0 Baby Boomers are starting second and third careers and technology has given rise to a whole new tribe of entrepreneurs. \u00a0Acuff explores the idea that there are only two ways to get through in life; average and awesome.\u00a0 Average is the easier path and doesn\u2019t require much effort, while the awesome path is extremely challenging. So where is the middle?\u00a0 You\u2019ll have to read the book to find out. As I pulled this summer reading list together, I noticed that I didn't have any totally off the business path books. \u00a0Do you have any on your list? \u00a0What are you reading this summer to get your mind off of business?