On the Books: Swash Reads 2018
Another year, another Swash Labs Summer Reading Challenge! The rules are simple: read books, and share with the class. The reading challenge is a fun way to get to know our co-workers on a new level, and if you’re looking for book recommendations, we have them in spades: novels, self-help books, biographies, political commentaries, plays, cookbooks...the list goes on. Read on for a little peek at our bookshelves.
Josh Berthume, President/CEO, read:
Josh on War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence:
You know Ronan Farrow's reputation as a reporter. This works through his time at the US State Department as a lens for how American foreign policy and diplomacy operations have changed since the Cold War. It also talks a great deal about Richard Holbrooke, which is cool and makes me sad at the same time.
Charlie Hunter, Media Analyst, read:
Charlie on Catching the Big Fish:
Lynch talks about the mental process of creation and how transcendental meditation has been a large influence on how he approaches the world at large. His explanations of how he stumbles upon bits and pieces of ideas without having a story in mind definitely fits with the seeming randomness of much of his work. The book is peppered with jokes and interesting stories which reference many of his films. A must read for Lynch fans, or anyone who wants a peek at why they didn't understand Lost Highway.
Stephanie Delk, Director of Media & Planning, read:
Stephanie on I’m Judging You:
Luvvie is the amazing author of awesomelyluvvie.com and host of Rants and Randomness, a great podcast I have been enjoying. The book is very much in the style of the podcast so it shows a lot of personal brand info. Overall, a light read with some good chuckles.
Diana Fonner, Director of Agency Operations, read:
Diana on Wishful Drinking:
My last book of the summer. I read this on the plane ride out to spend the week with my best friend. The last time we had a girl's trip together, we'd just lost Carrie and the both of us read The Princess Diarist on our flights out. It's always a small world after all. Since then, I've been making my way through her books and I truly miss her voice in the world.
Joan Wells, Account Services Director, read:
Joan on Lucky Boy:
This is a book about a young Mexican girl who immigrates to the United States, has a child, and ends up in the detention system. It's also a book about an Indian American couple who adopt a child. These two sentences have already told you too much about the book. Read it!
Andi HarmAn, Art Director, read:
Andi on Eat Up:
A feminist's perspective on our relationship to food and nutrition. Anti-dieting, pro-guilty pleasures, sex-positive, and overall a big warm hug for anyone struggling with their mental health.
Faith Morrison, Copywriter, read:
Faith on Cross Her Heart:
When summer rolls around, I tend to trade in meaty novels and classics for easy-to-read thrillers. Sarah Pinborough wrote one of my favorite thrillers ever, Behind Her Eyes (read it! it’s crazy!), so I wanted to give her latest a try. The plot of Cross Her Heart is almost impossible to describe without giving it all away. AlI I can really say is that it follows a single mother whose life is turned upside down (and put in danger) when a secret from her past is revealed. Cross Her Heart isn’t as can’t-put-it-down-incredible as Behind Her Eyes, but it’s still an entertaining thriller that will keep you guessing.