For National #ReadABookDay we’ve rounded up some of our favorite and current reads.
Educated by Tara Westover - chosen by Katie Dilion
I am loving it for a few reasons: First, it is inspiring to see what individuals can overcome in their lives to accomplish what many of us without such obstacles could only dream of. Second, it is fascinating to read about different upbringings and how family shapes all of our world views... it makes you take a look at your own family and how you were raised with a more objective eye. Third, it is a tough book to put down, the stories are amazing! Nothing better than a good page-turner while on a weekend getaway to the cabin. :)
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith - chosen by Jackie Thurlow
It was a fantastic book with the suspense and mystery trying to figure out who was the actual killer. You go along with the detective trying to piece together with the questions he was asking and clues as the detective is trying to solve this murder mystery. Regardless I was shocked at the end to find out who did it!
Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss - chosen by Kayd Roy
One of my favorite books to recommend to people! Chris Voss walks you through different negotiations scenarios and ties it back to what he learned as an FBI hostage negotiator. It’s super fascinating and offers some very powerful ways you can adjust the way you navigate conflict in your person and professional life.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - chosen by Lauren Kasten
I’m about halfway through this book and so far love the how the characters are developed and the plot keeps you guessing and wanting to read to find out more. One theme in the story so far points out how we live in a society where people are sometimes thrown away or ignored. I can’t wait to see how the story ends.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi - chosen by Louise Martin
This book was described to me as an “African Harry Potter,” and as a huge Harry Potter fan, I have not been disappointed! Adeyemi has created a story and accompanying universe that is incredibly engaging. It also offers an opportunity to consider how biases, prejudices, and segregation limit a society’s potential.
Sky is Falling by Sidney Sheldon - chosen by Amy Olson
The Sky is Falling is a thriller that takes you through a murder mystery. It was one of those can't put down, fighting the urge to read ahead reads. I started it the cabin with my family and found myself reading in between hands of whist! I would be happy to pass along to any takers!
The Purpose Effect by Don Pontefract - chosen by Rob Large
Purpose-driven firms put principles above profits. They focus on their customers, employees, team members, community and society, as well as profits. The Purpose Effect inspires employees by making their jobs meaningful.
Nothing Stays Buried by P.J. Tracy (part of a series) - chosen by Klara Manning
Lately I've been reading crime thrillers and historical fiction. For crime thrillers, I like anything by Allen Eskens, P.J. Tracy and John Sandford -- they all write books that take place in the Twin Cities area so it's fun to read about places/neighborhoods that you know! Reading before bed (in lieu of Netflix) is one of the best wellness habits I've picked up and can attribute it to the 2018 January Fly Feet Challenge!
Bad Blood by John Carreyrou - chosen by Kristin Shane
The unbelievably crazy story of the rise of young Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech start-up that turned into a massive scam. You have to read it to believe how one young woman manipulated the business community, investors, consumers, and even her team to create a company whose valuation rose to $9B with technology that didn’t work.
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh - chosen by Casidy Anderson
Language of Flowers tells the story of a young character with a tragic past, who learns to connect to people and rebuild her life by learning the ancient art of floriography (cryptic communication through the arrangement of flowers). I love it for the characters, and for the science of flower which I knew absolutely nothing about before reading it! Read this book - you will love it, I promise! And if you don’t I promise to run 10 minutes of dynamic mode (in intervals!).