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Parkway Digital’s winter reading list

Cuddling up in a blanket by the fireplace with a good book and hot cocoa in hand sounds like the perfect winter evening to us. Here are some books we’re going to be reading this season:


Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NG

The book begins with a tragic house fire and a lot of questions. Little Fires Everywhere contrasts the lives of a picture-perfect white, wealthy family and a mother and daughter who are new to the Ohio town. The story is filled with scandal, motherhood, secrets and controversial racist themes; it’s going to be a hard book to put down.

The 2017 novel will be an 8-episode limited series on Hulu in 2020.

1984 by George Orwell

One of the most popular 20th century novels, 1984 portrays a dystopian future where critical thought is suppressed under a totalitarian regime. It’s a real classic, with plenty of implications for today’s society.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

This book is a memoir by one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era, Michelle Obama. Her story is mesmerizing and inspiring, filled with lively wit, honesty, motherhood, triumphs and disappointments.


The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek

The popular motivational speaker, author and organizational consultant, Simon Sinek, dives into the struggles organizations face because their leaders are playing “the neverending game” with a finite mindset. He teaches that leaders of resilience and an infinite mindset will be the ones to guide us into the future.

Powerful by Patty McCord

Named as one of the 11 Leadership Books to Read in 2018 by The Washington Post, Powerful talks about recruiting, motivating and creating great teams. Former chief talent officer at Netflix, Patty McCord uses her expertise to talk about building a culture of freedom and responsibility for a successful team.


Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s investigations of “optimal experience” have uncovered that a state of consciousness called “flow” is what makes an experience genuinely satisfying. The book teaches how we can arrange the information that enters our consciousness to improve our quality of life and experience true happiness.

The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle

The New York Times bestselling author dives deep into the secrets of highly successful groups, including the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six and San Antonio Spurs, to reveal what makes them so strong. Coyle debunks the culture-building process by presenting the idea that culture is something you do, not something you are.

How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan

Pollan investigates the current medical and scientific revolution around psychedelic drugs to discover how mentally ill and healthy people deal with life’s challenges. His book tells of his journey to an unexpected new frontier in understanding the mind, the self and our place in the world.


The Outsider by Stephen King

An unspeakable crime and perplexing investigation in a Stephen King novel?! No way! An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse was found in a town park, and the investigation is horrifying and confounding. The HBO series based on the novel comes out in January, and she wants to finish the book before it premieres!

The Man from the Train by Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James

Legendary statistician and baseball writer Bill James attempts to crack an unsolved century-old mystery surrounding one of the deadliest serial killers in American history between 1989 and 1912. The book is filled with riveting suspense, crime and cultural references to a dysfunctional judicial system.


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The #1 New York Times bestseller, now a motion picture, is a poetic piece of literature about Nazi Germany narrated by Death himself. Leisel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich, steals books to read and share with her neighbors during bombing raids, adding joy to a meager existence during this catastrophic time.

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

One summer afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia (a treacherous region that was once a military zone), two young sisters go missing. The book unfolds a story of rich characters, social and ethnic tensions, and powerful bonds of family and community.

Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

Say Nothing tells the true, brutal story of a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating impact. In 1972, a mother of ten was abducted from her home by masked intruders, which began the infamous episodes of conflict. The Irish Republican Army (IRA) seemed to have their hands all over the evidence.

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

An acclaimed best book of the year by several publications, including the Boston Globe and the TODAY show, We Are Okay is a novel about grief and the power of friendship. A girl leaves California for New York City with nothing but her phone, wallet and a picture of her mother, whom she had lost. Eventually, she is forced to face everything that has been left unsaid when her hometown friend comes to visit her at college.


Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull

Written by the co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, Creativity, Inc. dives into the power of creativity in business and leadership. Catmull discusses his journey to becoming co-founder of the wildly successful animation and production studio while sharing leadership and management philosophies that protect the creative process and challenge convention.

The Need by Helen Philips

This thriller is about a scientist and mother of two met by a masked intruder who knows way too much about the inner workings of her life. She falls down a mind-bending black hole while being threatened by the intruder. When she identifies the intruder, she is forced to make a moral decision with major consequences for her children.