When we think of summer it’s often trips to the shore, barbecues, and back-to-school shopping that come to mind. But while out browsing recently for my next beach read, I realized there’s also always that good summer book that somehow seems to fit more fluidly into our warm-weather schedules and becomes a conversation center piece among friends and peers of all ages. I had a sneaking suspicion that my colleagues would have some interesting books in their summer totes, so I asked a few Kimco employees what they’re reading right now and found they’re flipping through books about everything from vegan diets to -- you guessed it -- shopping centers. Check out their responses below, and maybe you’ll find a book to add to your own reading list this summer.

Milton Cooper Executive Chairman, New Hyde Park office Among the several books in my stack this summer is a wonderful read by Bill Bryson, One Summer: America, 1927, which showcases several events and many characters that had a profound impact on America, from Charles Lindbergh to Al Capone. A book that’s truly interesting, while at the same time entertaining.

Jason L. Legal, Vista office Does a lease count?

Scott Onufrey Senior Vice President, Investment, New Hyde Park office I’m reading Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by Robert M. Gates. Gates served as secretary of defense from 2006 to 2011. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, was director of the CIA, and served eight presidents across both political parties. This book details his more than four and a half years as a secretary at war in Iraq and Afghanistan. But it is also about his political war with Congress, the White House, and the Department of Defense. Finally, it is about the love he had for the troops he had to send to war, and how he dealt with the tragedies they faced.

Abbe A. Financial Systems—Information Technology, Mesa office I just got done listening to the audio book Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. His book talks about the benefits of waking up early and outlines some simple strategies that can help make you more successful, both personally and professionally. About three years ago, I actually became a morning person for the first time in my life. I soon realized how much more I was able to accomplish each day by waking up early. Since I had the hardest part figured out (waking up at 4:30 a.m. and loving it), I decided that the rest of the strategies outlined in the book would be relatively easy. I have begun to implement some of Hal’s techniques and already have seen very positive results.

Spencer P. Real Estate, Orlando office I just picked up Flash Boys by Michael Lewis. It’s a story about high-frequency trading on Wall Street and the methods brokers would employ to get every advantage possible. So far it’s a great read, and typical of the business-related books I pick up.

Jim Bruin Vice President, Portfolio Management, New York office The best book I read in the last six months was The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown. It’s a terrific true story about the men’s rowing team from the University of Washington that represented the United States in Hitler’s 1936 Olympics. You don’t need to be a rower to enjoy it. The characters are deep and the book paints a very clear picture of life in those times. Even though we know the results, the book really lets you feel the drama of preparing for and racing in the Olympics. Most importantly, it really dives into the importance of trust in order to have a successful team.

Brandi F. Office Services, New Hyde Park office I just started the third book in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, called The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest. The trilogy follows two central characters: middle-aged journalist Mikael Blomkvist, and Lisbeth Salander, a young misfit. Together Blomkvist and Salander embark on a dangerous investigation of crime and corruption in Sweden. I recommend starting with the first two books in the series, the fast-paced The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire – you won’t be disappointed!

Paul Puma President, Southeast Region, Charlotte office I want to first warn you that I am a history buff. I just started reading The Liberation Trilogy by Rick Atkinson. The book examines World War II in a three-part series. Volume one explores the war in Northern Africa, volume two -- the war in Europe, and volume three -- the war in the Pacific. It’s not a quick read, but if you enjoy history, it’s a must read.

Artemis G. Leasing, Newton office The only books I’ve been reading are baby books to my daughter. I read Goodnight Moon to her every night. She loves the book so much that at four months old she turns the pages for me as I’m reading it!

Mark C. General Manager, Ardmore office I’m in the middle of two books this summer. I’m a partial vegan and like to cook, so I’ve been reading and cooking my way through Mark Bittman’s VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00. It’s a simple approach to cooking, and a thoughtful approach to living a partially vegan lifestyle. I would recommend the book to anyone looking to cook, eat, and live healthier – and lose weight. I’m also reading ICSC’s Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM) Handbook in preparation for taking the CSM exam this fall.