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Put Down Your Phone! It’s Summer Reading Season

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Put Down Your Phone! It’s Summer Reading Season

It’s a national plague. We are all phone zombies.

No matter how many stories you read about how bad it is for you—your posture, your eyes, your brain, your intelligence and your relationships—nothing…I mean nothing…will stop you from the constant presence of that phone in your hands.

Well, maybe there is ONE thing that trumps the thrill of the apps. Summertime at the beach/poolside with a book.


The Case for Books

Here’s the thing. Water, sand and phones don’t go together. In fact, it’s a disaster waiting to happen. Books, however, are the perfect companion. Spill your wine on a book? Just let it sit in the sun for an hour and it will be good as new (a little wrinkled and pink, but the words are still in tact). Your phone? Another story altogether.

Another thing about summer reading? After so many months of running around like a crazy person—school, work, workouts, kids sports, dance recitals—cracking open a fresh spine means you get an excuse to escape for a few minutes.

No matter your preference—fiction, nonfiction, romance (admit it…you read a few pages of 50 Shades of Grey), biography, memoir—books allow us to become someone else for a moment. They take you outside of the present and into another world, free from distraction of pesky incoming messages and notifications.


Our Top Picks for Summer Reading 2016

Summer isn’t time for a major long-haul, vocabulary-word filled tome. This is your excuse to put down the autobiography of the Dalai Lama and dig into something you just can’t put down. Give yourself permission to open the pages to something funny, thought provoking, or even unexpected. I promise, your brain will thank you.

Here’s what we can’t put down around our offices (and the offices of our PR team in Denver). Smart, fun, funny and a little whacky, you can’t go wrong.

PR & Marketing Director, Kate Bailey


Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter, Phoebe Damrosch

summer reading 2016

If you’ve ever wondered whether your waiter was judging you or not, then you must read this book. From the eye opening experiences as a waitress at the super posh New York restaurant Per Se, Phoebe Damrosch takes you inside the world of fine dining and the drama behind it all. Check out this New York times review too.

The Girls: A Novel, Emma Cline

summer reading 2016

This is THE book of the summer that everyone will be reading. It’s a mesmerizing story set in the late 60s of a young girl who falls into the inner circle of a Manson-like cult. It’s a psychological thriller that pulls you until the end.  

You Are Having a Good Time, Amie Barrodale

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A compilation of short stories, the characters in You Are Having a Good Time are anything but pristine and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Each story gives you a glimpse into the funny lives of hopeless yet human characters who live with their flaws and deal with them. Bonus? They are short stories so you can jump in and out between the kids’ swim lessons.


PR Manager, Lisa Cozad

Amy Poehler’s Yes Please

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Still not over Parks and Rec ending? Then grab a copy of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please to help fill the void where Leslie Knope used to be. With chapters like “Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend” and “The Robots Will Kill Us All”, you can’t help but fall in love with Amy’s humor all over again.


Social Media Manager, Jessica Gibbs

I Was Told There’d Be Cake, Sloane Crosley

summer reading 2016

This collection of essays from Sloane Crosley’s hilarious life experiences will have you laughing out loud, so maybe don’t read it on a plane. Each chapter is a recounting of Crosley navigating through life while pointing out the absurdity of it all. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read it and I laugh every single time.

The Woman I Wanted To Be, Diane von Furstenberg

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I love a good fashion book and Diane von Furstenberg’s stories of growing up during the war to building her own fashion empire are in short: inspiring. Even if fashion isn’t your thing, you can still admire the tenacity this woman has to pave her own way to success.


Jen’s Picks

Yellow Crocus, Laila Ibrahim

summer reading 2016

I could not put this book down, it’s the story of a young girl, Lisbeth, and the bond she forms with with her family’s enslaved nanny, Mattie. As Lisbeth grows older, Mattie becomes more like family than her own, but their disparate circumstances come with consequences. I love the friendship between these two characters and their search for their own freedom.


Design Assistant, Kate Dreher

Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides

summer reading 2016

Born with a genetic mutation, Calliope, or simply Cal, struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in booming Detroit in this coming-of-age story. I hate to sound cliché and say ‘page turner’, but this book had me lost in it for hours. I mean, it’s part of Oprah’s Book Club, how could you go wrong?

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo

summer reading 2016

Easily one of the most influential books of the past year, Marie Kondo’s approach to organizing will have you itching to start decluttering your home and maybe even your life. I love her idea of keeping the things that bring you joy and tossing those that are a bit lackluster—it makes the whole experience that much more, well, joyful!


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