How do we know summer is nearly upon us? Well, it’s almost 60 degrees here in Cleveland. Also, Bill Gates just released his Summer Reading List.

We believe that billionaire computer genius is onto something: reading can make your life better. And as people who write a lot of words, we know that reading also makes you a better writer. Considering the sorry state of literacy in the brand-building business, better writing is something that professionals in our industry should aspire to.

With that in mind, we asked Brokaw’s three reading-est writers to cobble together the official…

 2015 Brokaw Words Dept. Summertime Reading List For The Beach Or A Cool Dark Room If You Have Sun-Sensitive Skin:

Hey Whipple, Squeeze This by Luke Sullivan (Recommended by all)

We’re not allowed to make a summer reading list without including this book. It’s a weird Brokaw law.

Tasteful Nudes…and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation by Dave Hill (Recommended by Aaron McBride)

If this title doesn’t grab you, then maybe Dave Hill’s unique and super smart comedic voice will. If not, try the title again.

The Year Of The Hare by Arto Paasilinna (Recommended by Pat Pujolas)

This book is about a guy who quits his job, leaves his family, and takes care of a bunny rabbit. For a year.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss (Recommended by Mark McKenzie)

So we all don’t end up sounding like these people.

Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne (AM)

This Talking Head is still talking. And riding bikes all over the world. And talking about riding bikes all over the world.

Too Loud A Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal (PP)

This book is about a guy who crushes himself to death in a trash compactor. A good beach read.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler (MM)

I like Amy Poehler and polite book titles. Can’t lose.

The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano (PP)

I didn’t understand this book one bit, so you know it’s good.

A Separate Peace by John Knowles (MM)

Plot: Some kid pushes another kid out of a tree. Psychological chaos ensues.

A Shore Thing by Snooki (AM)

It’s not as good as “Here’s The Situation” by The Situation, but it’s worth the read. Especially if every other book in the world catches on fire somehow.

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