From dishing on the latest novel in our “books” Slack channel, to chatting over cookies in our biannual book club, Cutliners are known for our love of books. To celebrate National Read a Book Day, we’ve compiled a list of our most favorite books. Hope this inspires you to sit back, grab a book, and read the day away!
My all-time favorite book is “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, (before it was made into a movie and become ultra-trendy.) I read this book in my 11th grade English class and fell in love with the symbolism, tragedies and complicated social classes of the 1920’s. Here’s my favorite quote: “You threw me over on the telephone. I don't give a damn about you now, but it was a new experience for me, and I felt a little dizzy for a while.” -- Shaq
A favorite in our house is the classic "Goodnight Moon" (originally written in 1947!). It is the first book my 2.5 year old son, Archer, has asked for by name and he knows every word. We read it every night before he goes to sleep and he loves to "read" to me. It's no literary masterpiece, but it's stood the test of time and has given me one of my favorite memories to cherish (but I guess that DOES make it a literary masterpiece?!). -- Colleen
Like many other millennials, I grew up reading the Harry Potter series obsessively. I would pre-order each book at Barnes & Noble (this was before the Amazon Prime days!) and stay up all night savoring each page. Harry, Ron and Hermione were my friends from the Wizarding World, and I laughed and cried with them as they went on their magical journey to fight against Lord Voldemort. It’s already been 20 years since the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, came out, but I still can’t help but to stop whatever I’m doing and watch the movies when they’re on TV. -- Hyeri
I love to read. Fiction, autobiographies, history, business — you name it, I’ll read it. To pick a favorite is difficult. William Faulkner’s The Sound and The Fury seemed beyond brilliant to me when I was in high school. More recently, Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime is the one book I recommend to everyone today (try the audiobook!). It’s heartwarming and heartbreaking all at once, and as a society, we don’t talk enough about the tragedy of apartheid in South Africa. David McCullough’s 1776 is an incredible tribute to the courage of our founding fathers who willed this country into existence. But the book that was so profound and moving that it tops my list is Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried. It is one of the most beautifully written and conceived stories of our time, tying together regret, heartache and the overwhelming sadness of the Vietnam War. It is a true master of modern literature. -- Megan
I wouldn't call myself an avid leisurely reader, but one of the only books I've read more over and over is The Tao of Pooh ... Yes it talks about Winnie-the-Pooh, but is actually an insightful philosophical book about the power of simplicity in life. It relates back to the Taoist concept of "effortless doing," meaning being open to but unburdened by experience. It's not only interesting, but serves a reminder to be present and to not overcomplicate things... Just focus on being happy. An easy read for anyone with any philosophical interest, or who was a Winnie fan back in the day. -- Sav
I simply cannot pick one! I usually read to relax so my collection of books is largely made up of beach reads. I tend to turn to podcasts and Audible for non-fiction (really awesome when commuting, too). I read so much I can't even remember all the books I've read. Lucky for you (though not so much for me, said my doctor), I read almost exclusively on my iPhone which is now handily a memory #lifehack. Here are some of the books I've read recently that I've loved: The Fact of a Body, Right Behind You, Everything You Want Me To Be, The Black Book, Into the Water, Against All Odds, Behind Closed Doors, The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House, The Good Daughter. I'm currently reading The Store (huge James Patterson fan but not sure I'll finish this one) and The Color of Law. And I'm excited to start Lies She Told next week (shout out to my reading parter, Shaq!, on this one).
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