What’s going into your tote bag this summer?

With warmer days ahead we’re all looking forward to sneaking away to our favorite quiet place on a Saturday afternoon to catch up on some reading.

We polled our team here at bBIG Communications and found a wide array of titles spanning from business improvement books to works of fiction that will take you away.

Here’s a quick snapshot of some of the books our team will be passing around this summer.

Radical Candor: How to Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity, by best-selling author Kim Scott, made our list because it provides guidance on how to become a better leader and create a more effective environment for all.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee is an outstanding work of fiction that received mentions during our morning marketing meetings. It’s a heartfelt cultural fiction novel that educates and inspires through world events in the 20th century. Korean and Japanese history is woven throughout this complex, multi-generational family story about life, love, friendship, and ambition. This compelling novel shares universal themes that are relevant to the Asian American community experience and hardships of present.

Similarly, another title we’ll be passing around this summer is The Sunne In Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman. This book brings the reader into the world of Richard III, before he became king, and the events that led up to his taking the throne of England away from his young nephew. With the turmoil of the Wars of the Roses raging through England, only one can rule the kingdom, and nothing is ever certain. This book was highly recommended because of the way the author entraps you from the first page, with an entire gamut of emotion thrown in the mix. We find Penman’s books to be amazingly researched, giving you the feeling that you’re right in the middle of the action as it unfolds.  If you’re looking for a book that will take you on adventure this comes with our highest recommendation.

Another that was on the list of books that will just take you away is The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. The premise: If you found out that you had inherited billions from someone you never met, would you jump at the chance to figure out why the money was left to you? Avery Grambs is thinking she might be the luckiest person on the face of the planet, that is, until she meets the rest of the extended family. Her luck might not be so grand, and this inheritance could cost more than she is willing to bargain.

The final book that seems to be generating a lot of conversations during our marketing and advertising meetings is Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters who has crafted a page turning book that we would put up towards the top of must reads in the historical fiction category. Amelia Peabody inherited a decent estate from her father, and while her brothers might not be excited about it, there is nothing they can do. She is determined to enjoy a vacation, and heads off to Egypt, where there are some exciting excavations going on. While she is there, she meets Radcliff Emerson, who is working with his brother on a dig, but these two butt heads from the beginning, and there are more than sparks flying in this relationship. 

Set at the turn of the century, and going between Egypt and England, this duo will have you chuckling in delight, and reliving the mysterious past of the ancients – with some modern-day crime thrown in. 

We hope you are able to find some time and enjoy!


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