With the holidays approaching, I thought it’d be fun to ask my team for one book they would recommend to others. Not only are these good reads for you to check out, but they make great holiday gifts for your friends and family. Happy reading!
The Five Thousand Year Leap: Twenty-Eight Great Ideas That Are Changing the World by W. Cleon Skousen
After reading this book you will clearly understand how and why the United States was able to so quickly become the most powerful and innovative country on Earth. You will also gain a new respect for the special people who put this experiment together.
— Steve Sixberry, Co-Founder and COO
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged by the philosopher Ayn Rand is a book everyone should read in their lifetime. It’s an inspiring story demonstrating how personal responsibility and hard work make the world go ‘round. This quote sums it up nicely: “I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”
— Kayla Hughes, Marketing Director
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
This is a great story about the 1936 Olympic rowing crew from the University of Washington. Set in the midst of the Great Depression, it’s about teamwork and overcoming obstacles. I am not a rower, nor do I have any interest in rowing, but this book is riveting and I couldn’t put it down.
— Brendan Kinney, Controller
Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam Jr.
This is a fantastic, four-part series by Homer Hickam Jr., a now-retired NASA engineer. As a young boy growing up in a coal mining town in West Virginia, Hickam saw Sputnik fly overhead. From this moment forward he dropped everything and became a rocket scientist. This is a heartwarming book I find myself revisiting again and again.
— Beth Jacobsen, Real Estate Manager
The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood by James Gleick
This is a fascinating and engaging book about the history of language and information. Gleick studies how humans have communicated since the dawn of civilization, from drum circles to the internet. Ultimately, it shows how communication has evolved over thousands of years — and also how little the fundamentals have changed.
— Ashley Warren, Content Strategist
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This is my favorite book. This compelling novel follows the lives of two children growing up during WWII: one is in Nazi Germany and the other is in occupied France. It’s the perfect mix of myth (there’s a “cursed” stone) and history. I recommend it to everyone!
— Amanda Tietjen, Marketing Specialist
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Though it is considered a children’s book, the imaginatively-constructed moral lessons and keen observations about human nature are profound and insightful. “What is essential is invisible to the eye” is one of many famous quotes from this poignant French classic.
— Marti Walker, Creative Director