Books We Can’t Stop Reading
It’s Book Lovers Day, so we’ve put together a list of our favorite page-turners. Since a solid list of must-read books is good to have on hand every day, whether you’ve got more alone time when the kids are back in school or need a good beach read for your next trip across the ditch, take a look at our picks.
Christopher Ball, CEO
A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith
A rags to riches historical fiction that spans 19th and 20th century old Florida. It’s a masterpiece of storytelling and truth. I love it!
Camille Middleton, Account Director
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
This is true story of a woman who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. I really don’t know much about hiking, which is why I related so well to the main character who sets off to hike the PCT with no experience. I couldn’t put the book down. It kept my attention with flashbacks from the author’s youth and her adventures (and misfortunes) during her hike. It was so good I would literally read even if I had only two minutes to myself!
My favorite quote from the book was one she used to psych herself up: “Who is tougher than me? NO ONE.” That’s a badass lady right there.
Russell Baker, Brand Strategist
The Odyssey by Homer
I’m a geek for Greek mythology, and I remember loving the book when I read it in college. My daughter has a class on Greek mythology this year, and I hope it’s part of her course. If so, I’m going to read it with her.
Hannah Wanderon, Account Executive
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
I’ve always enjoyed psychological thrillers and suspense novels. I especially liked how Truman Capote went into extreme detail when focusing on the character build of the two killers. Getting to know them through in-depth stories of their troubled pasts and trying to understand their motive for why they committed such a brutal massacre kept me intrigued the whole read. An awesome read!
David Wingard, Founder + Chief Creative Officer
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
For starters, the book is set in one of my favorite cities, New York City. I’ve been to NYC a lot, and as I read through the book, I can picture myself in a lot of the areas of the city he’s describing. I also appreciate (and can relate to) to a lot of the book’s more complex and controversial topics, like existential angst.
Adam Berry, Digital Director
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Jonathan Safran Foer
I liked how the book allows you to experience a tragedy we are all familiar with coupled with suspense and adventure through the eyes of a 9-year-old boy. I had a hard time putting it down because I always wanted to know what happened next.
Natalie DeYoung, Director of Communications and Public Relations
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
I was always a fan of the classics in high school; my mom once gave me a collection of Shakespeare plays for Christmas. This play has everything: family drama, quests for vengeance, and forbidden love. I even named one of my cats Juliet Catulet because I love this play so much.
Kyle Brown, Accounting and Operations Manager + Media Buyer
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
For starters, it’s set in my favorite city, Chicago. Other than that, I really enjoyed how this nonfiction story intertwines history and mystery set to the 1893 World’s Fair.
Jaimie Goss, Traffic Manager
Percy Jackson and the Olympians (series)
I love how the series was set in present time, but has the Greek mythology twist. I guess these are technically “kids books,” but that just means they are easy, quick reads, which are perfect the perfect fun books to read over the summer by the pool or while traveling!
Sean Kinberger, Senior Art Director
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
This book is full of great advice and lessons about life from a kind, old man in the final moments of his life. It’s kind of sad, but overall, it’s amazing.
Melissa Castrogiovanni, Account Coordinator
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life By Jen Sincero
I found the author to be extremely genuine, honest, and blunt, and I loved how straightforward she was about the power of taking control of your actions and thoughts. She made it seem really simple to take charge and live your best life.
Michael Melnick, Web Developer
Contact by Carl Sagan
I read this book when I was a teenager just starting high school. It gave me a view of the world that I hadn’t considered at the time. It taught me to always consider other people’s perspectives, and sometimes you need to experience something before you can truly believe in it.
Colin Barnes, Art Director
Harry Potter (series)
Its rare to find a book series that bridges the gap between so many age ranges. As an adult, you can appreciate the amount of creativity that had to go into writing such a detailed series. The author has created a world that will forever live in the hearts and minds of its readership.
Ben Windsor, Art Director + Animator
SUM: Tales of from the Afterlives by David Eagleman
It’s 40 short stories of creative exploration in both afterlife myths and human nature. It manages to be thought provoking while balancing lightheartedness with dark humor.
Lena Oakley, Public Relations Associate
Bossypants by Tina Fey
This is a fun read that’s perfect for the beach or traveling. It’s sorty about a girl with a dream and an awkward, and sometimes misguided, way of achieving it — something many of us can relate to. I couldn’t put it down; I laughed, cringed, and all around enjoyed it.
Charles Burnett, The Man
A Life Well Spent by Marcus Cicero
I love this practical book with philosophical guidance on how to live a content and useful life.
Love our picks? Hate them? What are some of your favorites?