When you open up a book you meet characters you would never dream of, see places you’d never imagine and observe the world in an entirely new way. Not only does reading allow you to transform your imagination and leave reality for just a few hours, it reduces stress, increases knowledge and improves focus, vocabulary, memory, writing and critical thinking.

Looking for a new read? We hope you enjoy these books as much as we did!

1. Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney by Lee Cockerell

“It’s not the magic that makes it work; it’s the way we work that makes it magic.” Outstanding leaders are what drive a business. They inspire employees and delight customers. See how you can apply these leadership strategies to your organization.

2. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Considered going against the grain of motherhood and femininity at the time of its release in the late 19th century, The Awakening is now considered an American classic. Follow Edna Pontellier’s story as she seeks personal freedom as a married woman.

3. The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

If you’re looking for a little bit of everything, this is your go-to series. It’s historical, fiction, romance, action, adventure – the whole package.

4. Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Calling all women leaders: If you’re looking for a read that’s going to further empower you, this is it. Dive into this inspirational book and learn how to achieve your full potential.

5. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Is a book list even a book list without the Harry Potter series on it? After reading this series, you’ll consider the characters your best friends; you’ll start wondering if maybe, just maybe you’re actually a wizard while anxiously awaiting your acceptance letter to Hogwarts.

6. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

If you’re looking for a book that’s going to make you feel comfortable, keep looking. This heart-wrenching novel shows love, heroism and sacrifice as two women, both shaken by war and loss, are brought together to overcome the dangers that surround them in their home of Kabul, Afghanistan.

7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

“The unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul” (Amazon). Liesel Meminger will soon become like a younger sister who you will live to protect as she navigates her way through Nazi Germany stealing books and sharing them with her foster father and the Jewish man hiding in her basement.

8. If You Don’t Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails by Barbara Corcoran

We can all learn a lot from our moms. Follow Barbara Corcoran’s story about growing up and getting into trouble as she applies her life to the unconventional lessons she learned from her mom.

9. Working While Black by Michelle Johnson

From getting hired to getting fired, this guide offers practical advice to navigating the work world. After reading this book, you’ll be able to apply your mindset, history and culture to help deal with situations that are unique to being Black.

10. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

James Herriot, beloved veterinarian, takes us through the English countryside to show us the wonder of life – both animal and human. You’ll be inspired by the relationship depicted between man and animal.