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5 books high performers should read this month

The book: Olympic Games

By: Markus Osterwalder

The gist: Each edition of the Olympic Games has a distinct visual identity (think: Tokyo 1964's minimalism and the colorful imagery of Rio 2016). In 2018, collector Markus Osterwalder curated an exhibition exploring these identities, Olympic Language―Exploring the Look of the Games, at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. This month, he debuts this exhaustive two-volume set exploring the 124-year-old visual history of the games, from Athens 1896 to Tokyo 2020.

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The book: Tiny Habits

By: BJ Fogg

The gist: BJ Fogg, Ph.D., the founder and director of the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford, has personally coached over 40,000 people, including Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger and former NFL star-turned-playwright Bo Eason, in developing better behavioral habits. Learn the three-second morning ritual Fogg uses to start each day, and other simple exercises anyone can use to transform lofty aspirations into doable changes.

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The book: Beautiful Machines

By: Blake Z. Rong

The gist: Through stylized photography, automotive history, and technological insight, this tome pays tribute to 45 legendary cars. It delves deep into models like the Porsche 917, celebrated in the Steve McQueen film Le Mans, and the Ferrari 250 GTO, the most expensive car ever sold at auction.

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The book: The Blue Zones Kitchen

By: Dan Buettner

The gist: What started as a National Geographic cover story in 2005 has since spawned four books on longevity and happiness, centered on the Blue Zones. Inspired by the cooking traditions in these locations, New York Times bestselling author Buettner has compiled his first cookbook with 100 recipes including an Okinawa-style pumpkin soup and zingy Costa Rican green papaya salad.

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The book: Run Fast. Eat Slow. A Runner's Meal Planner

By: Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky

Four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan is known for her duo of Run Fast. Eat Slow cookbooks with former UNC cross-country teammate and chef Elyse Kopecky. With 12 original recipes, meal prep tips, and recommendations for eating seasonally, their 52-week meal planner and training journal serves as a useful guide for anyone looking to chart their progress in the kitchen and on the track.

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