It’s #NationalReadABookDay so we’ve decided to peek into the bookshelves of AP’s avid book readers and get some new recommendations. Check out their all-time favorites and what they’re currently digging into.
“I like inspiring life stories with valuable lessons that I can apply to my own life.“”
- Devil at My Heels by David Rensin and Louis Zamperini
- Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and Nell Scovell
- Option B by Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg
- A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
- Big Little Lies by by Liane Moriarty
What is your favorite genre of books? Why do you enjoy it?
Non-fiction; I like inspiring life stories with valuable lessons that I can apply to my own life.
Do you prefer reading from an old-fashioned book or a e-reader (ex: Nook)?
I prefer to use my iPad.
Why is reading important to you?
It’s educational and enlightening, can be an escape, and for fun conversations at my neighborhood book club.
What is next on your reading list?
Reading Option B now and I love it. Also reading Truly, Madly, Deeply next for my book club (same author of Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty).
Are these books listed by priority?
Pretty much – I like them all for different reasons and some are fiction – I like fiction as long as the characters are intriguing.
“I like books that let me either dig into what I’m doing at work or completely escape from it.“”
Currently Reading & Top Pick:
Blood Bones & Butter — The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton
I’m reading this one right now to help me get into the mindset of one of new our clients. Plus, it’s genuinely a good read.
Animal Farm by George Orwell
My daughter was reading this one for school and I remember when I had to too. Somehow it’s more enjoyable now that I’m not being forced to read it. This is actually the copy my wife had when she was in high school.
The Art of the Pitch by Peter Coughter
This is a great book. It looks like a self-help sort of thing, but it has a lot of interesting stories from people all over our industry. I bought six of these for the agency to share and I encourage everyone to come by and borrow one.
Book or E-Reader?
Call me old fashioned but I prefer the feel of an actual book. I’m usually trying to leave my phone behind when I’m reading and an e-reader is just a little too close for comfort.
“I wouldn't describe these as "all-time favorites," but they’ve stayed with me in a good way over the years ... unlike The Scarlett Letter.”
Martin Gardner’s New Mathematical Diversions – Math for fun and pleasure including subjects such as topography and probability. (From his Scientific American columns.)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – Satire of English culture lightly coated in science fiction. Don’t panic and bring a towel.
The Sinister Signpost by Franklin W. Dixon – Riveting.
In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters & Robert H. Waterman, Jr. – MBWA, and how management cannot live by spreadsheet alone. Surprisingly practical.
I Wanna Be Sedated: Pop Music in the Seventies by Phil Dellio & Scott Woods – Hilarious homage to 70s music.
The Universe in a Nutshell by Steven Hawking - Best read a chapter or two at a time, letting the ideas, observations, concepts and theories simmer a bit until you make time for more exploring.
Looking forward to:
Giant of the Senate by Sen. Al Franken
“I don’t read as much as I should, but when I do have a solid book, I could be lost in the pages for a whole weekend. Books help me relax and unwind!“”
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – This is my favorite book from my childhood. I’m excited to read it again before the second remake of the movie comes out next year.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler – Poehler is one of my favorite comedic actresses! I read this book at a time in my life where I needed to be more intentional and humorous with my life. It’s a hilarious read so be prepared to chortle out loud if you are reading it in public.
Small Data - The Tiny Clues That Uncover Huge Trends by Martin Lindstrom – Currently reading this one. I read Buyology in college because I absolutely loved reading about neurology being used to understand consumer behavior. This book focuses on making better business decisions based on observing in their home rather than relying only on “big data”.
Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett – I highly recommend this book to all the ladies out there. Extremely helpful guide for personal and professional growth, plus there are doodles. Who doesn’t love those!
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Adichie has been my favorite author for a while now. Her books were a gateway for me in exploring books written by black female authors like Toni Morrison and Zora Neale Hurston. Her storytelling skills are beautiful and inspirational.
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky – Science + Trailblazing women + Illustrations = a solid book to me.