We’ve almost reached September, which means two things: 1) If you haven’t started ramping yourself up for Halloween, then you’re already LATE and you need to start getting your spook on, tout suite. 2) It’s almost ‘curl-up-with-a-book’ season. That’s right, it’s almost time for that magical, hallowed moment when autumn *officially* falls, making the days cooler, the mornings crisper, and most drinks suddenly smell like cinnamon for no apparent reason. Which all just means that cooler weather makes for really good reading time.

But as we haven’t yet reached that moment, I want to help you prepare for it. So, I went around our office and asked my coworkers for their favorite summer reads for your browsing pleasure. From nonfiction to fantasy, we’ve got you covered for your next quiet autumn evening.


DJ Michael, 99.1 New Country

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Michael’s favorite book: The Tipping Point, by Malcom Gladwell.

What it’s about: The Tipping Point takes a close, in-depth look at how ideas and trends spread through populations, especially the ‘tipping point’ that catapults these ideas into the mainstream.

Why Michael liked it: Michael liked how each chapter is a unique, highly-detailed marketing case study on a variety of subjects. They cover everything from Sesame Street to Hush Puppies, and he thought it was really cool to see how ideas rise and fall.


DJ Dave, Retro 102.5  




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Dave’s favorite book: Ball Four, by Jim Bouten,

What it’s about: Ball Four is the diary of former major league baseball pitcher Jim Bouten, chronicling his 1969 season with the Seattle Pilots and the Houston Astros.

Why Dave liked it: Dave really liked the book’s story, which covered a large span of Bouten’s career and is still lauded as one of the most honest, and some would say notorious, portrayal of life behind the scenes of America’s pastime.


DJ Jordan, New Country 99.1

Jordan’s favorite book: After You, by Jojo Moyes

What it’s about: After You is a continuation of the story from Me Before You, with Lou Clark struggling to cope with the loss of the love of her life and learning what comes next.

Why Jordan liked it: Jordan loved the meaningful message that Moyes conveyed through all of Lou’s struggles and triumphs.    


DJ Scruggs, 99.9 The Point




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Scruggs’ favorite book: The Summer Wives, by Beatrice Williams

What it’s about: Alternately set in 1951 and 1969, The Summer Wives is told from the viewpoint of one woman in two very different points in her life. Chronicling a story of heartbreak, social status, and a mystery of eighteen years, this book follows Miranda Schuyler in her quest for justice, no matter the cost.

Why Scruggs liked it: Scruggs had nothing but the highest praise for this book; she loved the romance, the family drama, the historical setting, and the elements of World War II she found in this book.


Jacob, Digital Managing Editor

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Jacob’s favorite book: Cash, by Johnny Cash

What it’s about: Cash is an autobiography by the man himself, spanning his incredible journey from his childhood in Arkansas to his days as a country superstar.

Why Jacob liked it: Because (and I quote,) "Johnny Cash is a bad@#$." (Which I can’t really argue with.)     


Mikayla, Account Manager   




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Mikayla’s favorite book: The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

What it’s about: In case you haven’t seen the movie, The Great Gatsby follows the story of the wondrously rich Jay Gatsby and his love for Daisy Buchanan, all colored by the luscious backdrop of New York in the 1920s.

Why Mikayla liked it: Mikayla really liked the epic story Fitzgerald tells. She first read the book in high school, and has loved it ever since – and if someone likes a book they were forced to read in high school, you know it’s a good one.


Cassidy, Account Executive

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Cassidy’s favorite book: Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps, by Kelly Williams Brown

What it’s about: Adulting is pretty much what it says on the tin: A book with 468 tips, tricks, and general advice on how to make it look like you have your life together. Pragmatic and funny, this book covers everything from money management to dealing with your coworkers.

Why Cassidy liked it: Cassidy appreciated how in-depth this book was, as it includes little details and aspects of adult life that you wouldn’t even think of addressing – that is, until that little detail goes horribly wrong.  


Alex, Office Assistant  

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Alex’s favorite book: Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik

What it’s about: Spinning Silver follows a girl named Miriyem, who lives in a harsh, bitterly cold kingdom plagued by raids from mysterious creatures of the forest. But when Miriyem pulls her family from poverty by taking on the family moneylending business, she unexpectedly attracts the attention of the forest creatures, and becomes entangled in a plot that will forever change both worlds.

Why Alex liked it: Alex absolutely loved the beautiful writing of this atmospheric, intriguing retelling of ‘Rumplestiltskin.’ The plot continually surprised her, and she fell in love with the characters too quickly to be healthy.


So, there you have it. Even if it hasn’t yet dropped below 80 degrees outside, you’re ready for when it does. Happy (almost) fall!

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