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On average, a person spends a whopping twenty-three hours per month on social media—which roughly equates to the same time it takes to read five books. While we absolutely adore social media, we're also firm believers in making time to read non-digital materials (yay, books!).

In response to our literary appreciation, we started a Collectively book club to empower ourselves and those around us with information that can help us be better humans. According to Forbes, there are somewhere between 600,000 and 1,000,000 books published every year in the U.S. alone. That’s a lot of books to consider reading, so let us share a few you that we consider must-reads.

Designing your life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
If you’re feeling physically or mentally stuck in life, or experiencing a lack of creativity, this book will recharge you in so many ways. The Stanford-grad authors use "design thinking" techniques that allow one to view their situation from a new perspective, and ultimately take control of their life. It's not a quick read, but if you do the work, you will see results. We also recommend reading this with a group of friends!

Tribes by Seth Godin
This. is. a. must. for anyone dedicating to honing their leadership skills. Author Seth Godin says, “the secret of leadership is simple: Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there. People will follow.” This book shows what's possible when leaders become heretics—unwavering belief is sure to attract a tribe.

The Financial Diet by Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage
Some of us hate to look at our bank accounts for fear of what we may see. If this is you, read this book! The Financial Diet lays out a path to financial savvy, teaches how to create (and stick to!) a budget, and how to invest like a boss.

What are you reading? We want to hear from you!