The warm weather is here, and whether you are taking a day trip to the beach or embarking to exotic locations on vacation, it is time to unwind during these sticky summer months.
Part of our job means we are constantly wired but every now and then, we make an effort to pry our eyes away from digital screens, big and small, and go offline. When that happens, we like to check out new books (or for some, dusting those covers and picking up where we left off!) while getting some sun. There’s no substitute for having quality page-turners, especially those that reconnect us with our imagination. After all, as strategic consultants, creativity is our fuel for inspiration.
Here are our team’s recommendations for this summer.
‘Funny Girl’ by Nick Hornby is a nostalgic, witty, and insightful read chronicling the social changes of 1960s Britain. Turning us back in time, we start whittling away the hours dreamily with this narrative through the lens of Hornby’s carefully drawn characters and cultural references.
Given the humid summers we have, even the air-conditioners on full blast can’t keep our minds from fantasizing about cooling off on a faraway, remote island with leafy trees and sea. Hot off the press is the fourth installment to Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, ‘The Story of the Lost Child’, and the ending to a gripping saga of a lifelong friendship between two women set against the backdrop of southern Italy. What’s more, Ferrante’s real identity is shrouded in a cloud of mystery, which makes this an even more intriguing long summer read while sipping an Aperol spritz on the shores of Ischia.
As avid foodies, there’s no stopping when it comes to our obsession with all things gastronomy. ‘Experimental Eating’ by Tom Howells profiles a range of culinary pioneers working across the fields of art, science, theatre, catering, and design. Demonstrating how current creative collaborations are pushing boundaries of how we understand and experience food and the rituals of dining, this read will refresh our knowledge of up-and-coming trends in the foodscape.
You’ll also be able to catch us carrying ‘Enchanted Forest’ and ‘Secret Garden’ by Johanna Basford in our knapsacks. Coloring books that offer a return to the carefree curiosity of our childhoods in a more intricate way, Basford’s illustrations has taken the publishing world by storm as adults increasingly realize that coloring was never just meant for kids.
Vanity Fair has said that “Nothing is more addicting than The Girl on the Train”, and if you’re a fan of Gone Girl this will be right up your alley. An entertaining stew of thriller, unreliable narration and a dash of mystery, ‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins is set to get our hearts pounding with excitement as we flip the pages. We are looking forward to diving into this one, and it appears to be one of those you can’t keep your hands off of until you finish it.
We are also preparing to get lost in the narrative layers of ‘What is the What’ by Dave Eggers, a graphic tale based on the true account of Valentino Achak Deng, a Sudanese refugee during the Second Sudanese Civil War. Lovely and tragic, it examines the chaos and injustice and brings to life Deng’s experiences before he finds shelter in the US. Blending fictional elements into a mesmerizing memoir, ‘What is the What’ will blur the line between our fantasy and reality, making for an especially poignant read.
‘The Time Keeper’ by Mitch Albom tells a surreal narrative of the inventor of the world’s first clock. We embark on a time-travelling journey with him and meet two people – a teenage girl who wants time to go by faster and a terminally ill rich man pleading for more days to live. As we turn the final pages of this affecting book, we realize the luxury of the mundane and walk away this summer with a renewed appreciation for the ticking clock.