As we’re all trying to navigate this new reality of social distancing and quarantines, we must remember there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and we will get through this together. While many of us are turning to televisions and other forms of digital comfort to distract ourselves and keep busy right now, I’ve always found that some of the most consuming and mentally stimulating moments have been pages deep in the latest Grisham novel.
You might be shaking your head and thinking you’re much more of a movie person (don’t worry there will be a post for that), but if you’ve made it this far, I’d say you’re a reader too!! So, I’ve decided to gather a list of favorite books as recommended by our staff to help keep you busy and possibly distract you from our current state of reality.
This list may not quite measure up to the Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Jessica Parker or Oprah Winfrey Book Clubs, but I can assure you the people of the Peak have some pretty awesome recommendations as well. ENJOY!
Maya Stibick – Catering Sales Manager
Recommendation: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Author: Neil Gaiman
“The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman pushes you deep into a world of childhood fantasy and makes you wonder what memories you may have misplaced. Perfect for a quick escape from reality.”
Andy Bomberger – Director of Sales
Recommendation: Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
“Awesome book about isolation and truly loving nature. Also a neat coming of age story.”
Rachel Zunino – Community Manager
Recommendation: Daisy Jones and The Six
Author: Taylor Jenkins
“If you’re looking for a fun escape from reality, dive into Daisy Jones and The Six as you’ll be transported back to the 70s and explore the world of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll! The free-spirited singer-songwriter Daisy Jones will have you feeling inspired, teary-eyed and just straight outraged at times. Best of all, this novel is beautifully written through an interview style format from start to finish so you really feel immersed in the drama of the band.”
Niki Gross: Managing Director
Recommendation: Dublin Murder Squad Series
Author: Tana French
“I love the books in this series for a number of reasons –mostly because they’re extremely entertaining - but that being said, they are extremely well-written and easy to get through and I highly recommend any of them! It’s also great because once you devour the first one there are 6 more! I don’t necessarily think you need to read them in any particular order, though if you’re able I recommend starting from the beginning.”
Anne Hirschman: Assistant Front Office Manager
Author: Edna Ferber
“Giant chronicles the life of a newly married couple in Texas, during the 1950, while the oil boom was happening. It’s a great book for anybody who loves history, and mystery in a book.”
Trish Gomez: Group Sales Manager
Recommendation: The Woman in the Window
Author: A.J. Finn
This book is truly one of those rare novels that you just can't put down. It's centered around a female protagonist who has real struggles just like anyone else, but doesn't let her struggles get the best of her when what she thinks is just paranoia sets in.... Read this book now and get ready for the release of the movie this May 2020! P.S. When the movie stars Amy Adams and Julianne Moore, you know it'll be a good one!
Brian Sweeney: BaseCamp Manager
Recommendation: The Art of Living
Author: Josh Waitzkin
The key to pursuing excellence is to embrace an organic, long-term learning process, and not to live in a shell of static, safe mediocrity. Usually, growth comes at the expense of previous comfort or safety.
Michael Young: Director of Security
Recommendation: The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures
Author: Aaron Mahnke
I am actually just about to start reading this book so join along with me! FYI - this same author also has an excellent podcast out by the same name.