School may be out and the beach may be calling, but summer Fridays are not the done thing on Wall Street – the markets take no vacations. If you want to use your time in the sun on something a little meatier than this year’s latest Scandinavian noir thriller (not that there’s anything wrong with that), here are some non-fiction recommendations for your summer reading pleasure:

If you liked Capital in the Twenty-First Century, try:
The Rise and Fall of American Growth, Robert J. Gordon
While issues like wage stagnation and increasing automation were central in the political arena this year, “disruptive” technology isn’t a 21st century invention. Gordon’s book provides historical context for other periods of industrial innovation and the changes that they wrought in our economic and working lives. Whether you agree with his conclusions or not, it’s a fascinating retrospective on some of the most pivotal periods in American economic history.

If you liked A Random Walk Down Wall Street, try:
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, Edwin Lefèvre
Originally published in serialized form in 1923, the nominally fictional story closely tracks the real biography of stockbroker Jesse Livermore. The historical details of the early operations of Wall Street are fascinating, but the reading experience overall is very much ”the more things change, the more they stay the same” – basic attitudes towards risk, reward, and speculation don’t change with the times.

If you liked: The Little Book of Common Sense Investing, try:
The Index Revolution, Charles D. Ellis
While indexing is not a new idea, the “index revolution” continues to gather momentum. If you want to learn more about index investing strategies and how they might make sense in your portfolio, this book provides a great overview.

If you liked: The Black Swan, try:
Superforecasting: the Art and Science of Prediction,
Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner

Humans, in general, are not good at predicting what’s going to happen. But some are better at it than others, and Wharton professor Tetlock has been studying what’s different about their approach. Turns out a crystal ball is not necessary – but there are some identifiable, and learnable, heuristics that can help your odds.

If you liked: The Essays of Warren Buffett, try:
The Intelligent Investor, Benjamin Graham
If you’re a Buffett fan, you’ve probably already read this one. But Mr. Buffett himself read it multiple times, and credits it with fundamentally changing his thinking. If the Sage of Omaha sees it as a valuable use of his time, it’s probably worth throwing in your beach bag, too. (And maybe consider some new ways to implement value strategies while you’re at it).