Casey’s Favorite Books to Enjoy at Home!

March 30, 2020

  1. Daisy Jones and the Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid: This book is so immersive you will not be able to put it down and you will be googling the band and wondering why you never heard of them. This fiction is so believable you will believe it is non-fiction.

    “Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six: The band’s album Aurora came to define the rock ‘n’ roll era of the late seventies, and an entire generation of girls wanted to grow up to be Daisy. But no one knows the reason behind the group’s split on the night of their final concert at Chicago Stadium on July 12, 1979 . . . until now.”

  2. Crazy Rich Asian Series, Kevin Kwan: These are easy, fun reads that will certainly have you laughing out loud and enjoying our time at home during shelter in place.

    Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny series about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs within them.”

  3. Bel Canto, Ann Patchett: This is a book you will want to read a second time. The characters and the story stay with you. Beautifully written.

    “A world-renowned soprano sings at a birthday party in honor of a visiting Japanese industrial titan. Alas, in the opening sequence, a ragtag band of 18 terrorists enters the vice-presidential mansion through the air conditioning ducts. Their quarry is the president, who has unfortunately stayed home to watch a favorite soap opera. And thus, from the beginning, things go awry.”

  4. The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah: 

    “The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France–a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.”

  5. The Charm Bracelet, Viola Shipman: A wonderful recommendation from my Aunt Terry.  This book will have you laughing, crying and hugging (or zooming) those you love to let them know how important they are.

    “Through an heirloom charm bracelet, three women will rediscover the importance of family and a passion for living as each charm changes their lives.”

  6. Girl, Wash your Face, Rachel Hollis: If you are a working mom this will resonate with you deeply.  You can read it in small bites and you will be hooked!

    “With wry wit and hard-earned wisdom, popular online personality and founder of founder Rachel Hollis helps readers break free from the lies keeping them from the joy-filled and exuberant life they are meant to have.”

  7. Bad Blood, John Carreyrou: I listened to this book on Audible.  I really enjoyed the reader and the story is fascinating.  How one person could lie so easily blows my mind.  

    “Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.  Elizabeth was a complete and utter fraud.”

  8. Becoming, Michelle Obama: I recommend listening to this… you will not be dissapointed, Michelle reads her own book.  Hearing her voice share her story is truly incredible.

    “In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.”

  9. Never Split the Difference, Chris Voss: This book had incredible gems.  Whether you are negotiating a major deal for work or a later bedtime with your 7 year old, his strategies will help you succeed and make the other side feel like they did too.

    “Chris was the FBI’s lead international kidnapping negotiator. Never Split the Difference takes you inside the world of high-stakes negotiations and into Voss’s head, revealing the skills that helped him and his colleagues to succeed where it mattered most: saving lives. In this practical guide, he shares the nine effective principles—counter-intuitive tactics and strategies—you too can use to become more persuasive in both your professional and personal life.”

  10. Living with a Seal, Jesse Itzler: More than anything, after reading this book I was left pondering what parts of my life are on autopilot and how I can spice them up.  A fun and easy book that will leave you feeling introspective.

    When Jesse felt himself drifting on autopilot, he hired a rather unconventional trainer to live with him for a month-an accomplished Navy SEAL widely considered to be ‘the toughest man on the planet’”