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CNBC's summer reading series 2015

Looking for some good books for the summer? In CNBC's summer reading series, we hit up traders, venture capitalists, celebrities — even the president! — to find out what they're reading this summer. Check out their picks:

President Obama's summer reading list

President Barack Obama on the golf course.
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President Barack Obama on the golf course.

President Obama is on a two-week vacation with his family in Martha's Vineyard and the White House has released his summer reading list. What's the president's idea of light beach reading? Everything from a book about mass extinction to a biography of America's first president.

Summer reading list > President Obama

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What Wall Street's reading

Busnessman reading book at the beach
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Thrillers? Romance? Here's what Wall Street's reading at the beach this summer.

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Want to think like a VC? Read these

Bill Tai kiteboarding at MaiTai Necker
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Bill Tai kiteboarding at MaiTai Necker

Bill Tai is a venture capitalist, entrepreneur and avid kiteboarder. He co-founded MaiTaiGlobal.org with Susi Mai, where they hold networking events all over the world for entrepreneurs, innovators, investors and athletes, centered around kiteboarding. So, what's he reading?

Summer reading list > Venture capitalist Bill Tai

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Want to up your whiskey game? Read these

Heather Greene, whiskey sommelier and author of “Whisk(e)y Distilled: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life” in Van Vorst Park in Jersey City.
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Heather Greene, whiskey sommelier and author of “Whisk(e)y Distilled: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life” in Van Vorst Park in Jersey City.

Heather Greene, a whiskey sommelier and the author of "Whisk(e)y Distilled: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life," offers up a few great books to up your whiskey game. Plus, she offers up some refreshing whiskeys for summer to sip while you're reading about whiskey in the backyard or at the beach!

Summer reading list > Whiskey

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Want to live like Ivanka? Read these

Ivanka Trump arrives at DuJour Magazine's "An Evening Of Glamour" at the Couture Jewelry Show in Las Vegas.
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Ivanka Trump arrives at DuJour Magazine's "An Evening Of Glamour" at the Couture Jewelry Show in Las Vegas.

Ivanka Trump, executive vice president of development & acquisitions for The Trump Organization plans to enjoy these books while chilling at the pool, jetting to a sporting event or molding the next generation of Trump family business leaders.

Summer reading list > Ivanka Trump

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How does a NY Ranger relax? With Hemingway

Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers
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Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers

NY Ranger Chris Kreider says Hemingway is one of his favorite authors. Here, he offers up several books on topics from sci fi to high-energy workouts he says everyone can learn from.

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Emmy nominee Mayim Bialik's summer reading list

Mayim Bialik
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Mayim Bialik

She just got nominated (again!) for an Emmy for her role on "The Big Bang Theory." So what's Mayim Bialik, who also happens to be a scientist in real life, reading this summer?

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What a 'Shark' reads in the summer

Robert Herjavec.
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Robert Herjavec.

Sure, you knew "Shark Tank" star Robert Herjavec would have a few business books on his summer reading list. But "When to Rob a Bank" and the memoir of a UFC fighter? Yep! There's more to this shark than just ferocious deals. Check out his summer picks.

Summer reading list > Robert Herjavec

International Culinary Center chief Dorothy Cann Hamilton.
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International Culinary Center chief Dorothy Cann Hamilton.

What's cooking for this summer for foodie Dorothy Cann Hamilton? She's running the USA Pavilion at the 2015 World Expo in Milan. Check out the books she's reading on the Metro.

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