10 Books we’re reading this summer

Perspective

There are few things better than spending summer days reading on the patio, at the beach or in our hammocks. These are the novels, memoirs and thought-provoking commentaries we’re working on this summer.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Barack Obama called this novel “A moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.” So yeah, we’ll be reading that.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Bill Gates added this novel to his summer reading list too, which makes us feel pretty good about this pick.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Taylor’s been working on Catch-22 for what feels like (and might actually be) years, but this is the summer she finishes it.

Coders by Clive Thompson

Rob thinks Thompson really “nails it” when he describes coders as “a class of people who are amazingly good at pounding nails into the floorboard with their forehead.” Rob also assures us that if this doesn’t make sense, it’s just because we’re not coders.

Educated by Tara Westover

Jenna is spending her summer with this memoir of a girl who was born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho and didn’t set foot into a formal classroom until she was 17 years of age.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

As a small business owner constantly pulled in a million directions, Chris enjoyed McKeown’s thoughts on doing “the right thing, in the right way, at the right time,” rather than everything.

Room by Emma Donoghue

This is not a book you take to the beach, but it is one you should read. Both Jenna and Taylor are taking on this novel, inspired by horrific true stories of children held captive in small spaces.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Dana is starting her summer with Sharp Objects, the NYT Bestseller that inspired the HBO series of the same name.

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

Nike wasn’t always the athleticwear giant we know today. Chris is currently reading Shoe Dog, “a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh.”

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff

Rob highly recommends you spend some time this summer reading this expansive look at how our personal data is shared with corporations.