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Even if you’re only taking a staycation this year, look at this summer a chance to relax, recuperate and renew. Healthier habits and fresh foods come naturally during this sunny season, and taking advantage of the longer hours of daylight can mean breathing new life into your year.

And to add to the motivation, here are 12 books to inspire you and your career this summer, ranging from business tycoon biographies to economy think-pieces to social security insights, with some more lighthearted selections as well.

If you’re looking for a summer read to brighten your career’s horizon, here are 12 books to check out now:

The Road to Character
by David Brooks (Random House)
The Times columnist extols personal virtues like kindness and honesty in a materialistic age.

The Power of Habit
by Charles Duhigg (Random House)
A Times reporter’s account of the science behind how we form, and break, habits.

How Not to Be Wrong
by Jordan Ellenberg (Penguin Press)
A mathematician shows how his discipline helps us think about problems of politics, medicine and commerce.

by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter (Crown Business)
How to resist the tug of habit and embrace change.

A Curious Mind
by Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman (Simon & Schuster)
The Oscar-winning producer describes the importance of curiosity in his life, and how others can harness its power.

Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
The winner of the Nobel in economic science discusses how we make choices in business and personal life.

The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up
by Marie Kondo (Ten Speed)
A guide to decluttering by discarding your expendable objects all at once and taking charge of your space.

Get What’s Yours
by Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Philip Moeller and Paul Solman (Simon & Schuster)
A guide to deciding when to claim Social Security benefits and to getting all you’re eligible for when you do.

Team of Teams
by Stanley McChrystal with Tantum Collins, David Silverman and Chris Fussell (Portfolio/Penguin)
Applying a small-team approach to armed conflict to non-combat scenarios.

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen
by Mary Norris (Norton)
A memoir of a career in the New Yorker‘s storied copy department, along with grammar advice.

How Children Succeed
by Paul Tough (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The author argues that the qualities that matter most have to do with character, not intelligence.

Elon Musk
by Ashlee Vance (Ecco/HarperCollins)
A technology writer follows Musk’s life from his difficult South African childhood to his involvement in Internet start-ups like the rocket company SpaceX, the electric-car company Tesla and the solar power installation company Solar City.

What other career-related books would you recommend checking out this summer?

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