We all know it’s coming.

The first day of school pictures have flooded our feeds.

The temperature is already (seemingly) changing.

Yes, Labor Day is this weekend.

Labor Day was instituted as a way to honor the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the well-being of the country (thank you, Wikipedia).

While some of us may respect the day in that way, I think it’s fair to say most of us treat it like “That day that keeps everyone from truuuuuuuly focusing until they’ve had one.last.sip of summer goodness” day.

As you are relaxing in your not-office, resting at your not-job, lazing by your not-water cooler, maybe you’d like to be reading a book.

Well, this Labor Day weekend, I thought I’d give you a list of three of my favorite easy-to-read and laugh-out-loud books to read that have nothing whatsoever to do with Labor.

Sarcastic, witty, thoughtful and irreverent writing. I have been a fan of the author since I heard him on public radio many many years ago and then I had the opportunity to hear the author at a reading performance a few years ago. Now when I read his books, his image AND voice come through. It’s like a little mental Netflix bing-watching. Me Talk Pretty Someday was the first book of essays and short stories I ever read that made me laugh out loud. It is a spit-the-milk-out-of-your-nose-funny kind of book. If you kind of enjoy people looking at you crosswise on public transportation because you’re laughing at something you’re reading and they have no idea what it is…this is the book for you.

A biographical romp through the makings of a comedy heroine of our day. Her ability to create a flowing narrative that is poignant, funny AND engaging throughout is proof (if you needed more) of her incredible writing skills. The cover art alone is worth the purchase price. (Note: it’s been out for a while so you could probably check it out at the library for free).

A memoir which, like her partnership with Tina Fey for so many years, is like the perfect wine served with the perfect dinner. Read Bossy Pants and Yes, Please – in succession. You won’t be sorry. Amy Poehler’s writing is fast and entertaining. Her stories were not only funny, they also pulled back the curtain on the long path to her “immediate” success. I love how she colors in the lines of her series of jobs to show how you can be successful with just the right combination of hard work, timing, hard work, luck, and, oh yeah, lots of hard work. Both this book and Bossy Pants were quick reads that gave me the opportunity to leave everyone around me wondering just what in the world I was reading that was so funny.

So…happy Labor Day, friends! Enjoy your day off and – maybe read a fun book. Thank your lucky stars for labor laws, rules and regulations, faulted though they may be. It’s not only why you have the day off. It’s also why your kids are home with you, planning to go to school instead of a factory on Tuesday.

Check back soon – the next few weeks we will be talking about following your passion!! I can’t wait. I’m so passionate about it!

Tara Lynn is a leadership development speaker, Fascinate Certified Advisor, coach, and writer. She brings polished, insightful strategies to companies and individuals, helping them clarify their unique value and rise to higher standards of success. The practical tips and tools she shares get her clients from point A to point C while solving for the mysterious point B. 

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