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Summer reading list

Shutterstock_288888452It’s that time of year: trips are being planned, office cubes seem emptier than normal and social media is flooded with pictures of vacation spots. But, nothing says summer to me like relaxing with a good book, so I joined forces with my colleagues to present you with a collection of books for your next trip or staycation.

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
You don’t even have to be a history buff to become fully engrossed in this novel. It’s a remarkable story of one Jewish family who – torn apart by World War II – fought for survival without knowing if they’d ever see each other again. The most unbelievable part is it’s based on a true story. While the topic is a tad heavier than a typical beach read, I couldn’t put this one down!
Sonia Bauer, Senior Manager - Corporate Communications & Public Relations

Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield.
Focusing on rock music, journalism and a girl named “Renee,” this stunning memoir uses the music of the 90s as a backdrop to a bittersweet love story. It’s the perfect family vacation read because it reminds us to appreciate the life experiences and loved ones that make up the story of our lives. Just be prepared for the emotional roller coaster – no other book has made me laugh out loud and cry uncontrollably in a single chapter.
Allison Carter Fanney, Communications Manager – Tax

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
The novel was a departure for King at the time, setting aside his usual horror genre to create a fantasy world of power struggles in a medieval setting more than a decade before the series of novels that spawned “Game of Thrones.” It’s a quick read and lots of fun.
Adam Junkroski, Lead Manager – Communications, Tax, PFP, S&C

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
It’s a mystery novel that goes back and forth between the main character’s traumatic high school experiences and the current time period, where she’s a magazine editor who’s determined to convince everyone that she has a perfect, glamorous life – even though she’s seriously struggling underneath it all. The author does an excellent job of weaving the two timelines together, but be warned that there are some tough scenes in the book.
Michelle Lewis, Lead Manager – Communications, Quality Initiatives

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
This book is an unconventional gothic novel. It’s a ghost story – or is it? Are the residents of a crumbling English estate truly experiencing paranormal activity, or will the country doctor called to care for the family uncover a more logical, far more sinister explanation for the strange goings on? Read the book before the movie adaptation hits theaters August 31.
Brock Faucette, Corporate Communications Manager

What book are you most looking forward to reading? Tell us in the comments below!

Liz Rock, Associate Manager - Enterprise Social Media, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants 

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