VehrSummerReading2017

It’s summer time! We’re taking a beat to recharge and finally getting to the titles on our must-read lists. Whether headed to the beach, the backyard hammock or even just a quiet spot during a lunch break, here are the titles topping our lists:

I have a score to settle this summer. Both Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl and The Handmaid’s Tale have sat in my Kindle or Audible, untouched, for too long. It’s time. – Suzanne Buzek

On my list this summer: The Sasquatch Escape, Jesus Among Secular Gods: The Countercultural Claims of Christ, Project Future: The Inside Story Behind the Creation of Disney World and The Art of the Deal. – Jason Cowdrey

I’m a very happy grandma and get to spend much time with my grandkids this summer, and our current favorite children’s book on repeat: All Better! by Henning Lohlein and Bernd Penners. It’s fun, has a great message and the kids love it! – Sandy Daugherty

This summer I’m reading Creative Anarchy by Denise Bosler, which explores “rule-following and rule-breaking design.” I’m hoping for inspiration and innovative ideas that might make my college professors shudder. – Samantha Graham

I’ve been wanting to read Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. Once my coaching gig for summer baseball comes to a close, I’ll finally get the chance to knock it out. – Dan Guttridge

With two little ones at home, reading time doesn’t come easily! I’ve been loading up on podcasts lately, instead. My favorites: Science Vs., Invisibilia, and Hidden Brain. – Lindsay Horan

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. After reading Big Little Lies, I was desperate to find more books by this author. I’m already a few pages deep, and I can tell it’s going to be a good one. – Jackie Koopman

A good friend (and librarian) sent me a few books late last year. At the time life got busy and so, I am only now diving into them. The first is The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall. If you don’t have a personal librarian to send you books, it is shelved in the Young Adult section at the library. Yes, it’s embarrassing to get a book in that section. So, just tell ‘em you’re picking it up for a (young) friend. – Pepper Peale

Just finished Home by Harlan Coben. I was looking for a good thriller to read while on vacation. This did the trick. Some nice twists and turns. It was my first book by Coben. Almost impossible to put down in the last 80-100 pages. – Michael Perry

Hillbilly ElegyA Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. This memoir by J. D. Vance is about the Appalachian values of his upbringing and their relation to the social problems of his hometown of Middletown, Ohio. I’ve read captivating reviews that include excerpts from Vance that are both disturbing and cerebral. His “hillbilly” perspective and his experiences – which seem unfathomable, despite being modern-day and happening less than an hour from Cincinnati – are both raw and insightful.  – Laura Phillips

I’ve recently been into historical fiction and I’m on a Sue Monk Kidd fix, having just finished The Invention of Wings (which I loved!). I’m starting my summer with The Secret Life of Bees – it’s been on my list for a while – and I also just checked out The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, which won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. – Molly Ryan

Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout, a follow up to My Name is Lucy Barton. I’ve also been diving into poetry by Mary Oliver. – Stacy Stufft

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – After falling in love with Big Little Lies (the book, not so much the mini-series) I decided to pick up What Alice Forgot, which is written by the same author. It’s about a woman who hits her head, loses every memory from the past 10 years and wakes up to find out she now has three kids and is going through a divorce and has become someone she doesn’t recognize. It makes you think, what would your younger self of ten years ago think of the person you are today? – Sarah Sampson

I’m reading The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd – it’s a moving, beautiful story with well-developed characters. When I finish this one, I’ll probably seek out a Stephen King horror book I haven’t read yet or a thriller! – Darcy Schwass

Marketing 4.0: Moving from Traditional to Digital by Philip Kotler, Hermawan Kartajaya and Iwan Setiawan. Kotler is one of the most read authors re: marketing and this is his most recent book. It’s on the list for down time this summer. Also, The North Water is a novel by Ian McGuire. I am about half way through this murder mystery, a NYT bestseller, set on a Yorkshire whaler sometime in the late 1800s. It’s gritty, gruesome, spectacularly well-written and suspenseful. – Nick Vehr

Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton. Anyone who knows me knows I am obsessed with the Humans of New York Facebook page. Brandon has a unique way of getting people to tell him their story no matter how personal or painful it is. The stories are beautiful, tragic, inspiring and devastating, just like life. – Mikayla Williams

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