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9 Books We’re Reading (And Why You Should, Too)

It’s hard to find time to curl up with a book, especially for entrepreneurs.

28% of 1,000 Adults in the US didn't read a single book in 2012

Most of us find plenty of things to fill every minute of our day. There’s work and chores and errands and cooking and tidying and sleep. Entrepreneurs do the work of about 100 people before they finally crash at night.
Where can one squeeze a book into an already packed day?

If it’s been awhile since you have gotten to read, you’re not alone: 28 percent of 1,000 U.S. adults hadn’t read a single book in 2012 according to a poll conducted by The Huffington Post and YouGov. Sound familiar?

I’m with you. I loved binge watching Stranger Things this summer as much as the next person (so, so good), but reading helps me to relax and clear away the grime that the day left behind. The benefits go far beyond relaxation; according to a post on Reader’s Digest, reading: 

  • Staves off cognitive decline
  • Prolongs workout stamina
  • Is a great de-stresser
  • Boosts your vocabulary
  • Improves your empathy
  • Encourages new life goals
  • Makes you feel more included
  • Makes you happier

Many of us at Tresta always have at least one book we’re reading at any given time. I asked a handful of our fine folks which books they are currently reading. Some of the answers will surprise you or inspire you to dig into the pages of a brand new paperback. Here are nine books we’re reading right now.

And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

David Mason, Tresta’s Director of Customer Service, recently read Hosseini’s third novel along with his book club. The club, as a whole, were let down by the novel, but David told me he’d recommend it.

“It’s an interesting character study, and I got a picture of how Afghanistan has changed over the last several decades,” David said.

He is currently reading Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed A Presidency by Bill O’Reilly

Welcome To Deadland by Zachary Tyler Linville

Mike Dunton, a Tresta software developer, told me he decompresses with video games and mostly reads technical or skill related books, like Reg Braithwaite’s JavaScript Allongé (ES5)

But when it comes to books, Mike gets to boast that he knows a published author. His friend, Zachary Tyler Linfield, recently won the Nerdist’s Collection Contest and the opportunity to publish his novel, a post-apocalyptic thriller that has been described as dark and intense. Think Lost meets The Walking Dead in an abandoned theme park.

It’s next on my list and I’m stoked to dive in.

A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II by Adam Makos and Larry Alexander

Our Senior Software Developer, Dave Stevens, is nearly finished with A Higher Call and told me it’s an amazing story about a German Ace who escorted a downed U.S. Bomber crew out of Germany, a mission that was deemed top secret by the U.S. Air Force for 40 years.
There’s nothing like a book that gives you a glimpse into the past. Dave said the book has really given him a look at how difficult it to be on a bomber crew during World War II.

The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Stephanie Colter, one of our training specialists, is looking inward to create more happiness and success. Naturally, she chose to dive into Dr. Peale’s infamous self-help book, which was originally published in 1952.

Stephanie told me the book it’s a guide that helps you enhance your self-esteem so you can be more successful, and shared her favorite reason for reading the book: the pearls of wisdom.

“[Dr. Peale] does these pearls of wisdom in the book, like, ‘Don’t walk around with the world on your shoulders.’ [He is saying] drop the idea that you are an Atlas, carrying the world on your shoulders. The world will go on without you. Don’t take yourself so seriously.”

Trials of the Earth by Mary Hamilton

Administrative Assistant Sarah Anderson just started reading this autobiography that reveals Hamilton’s life as a pioneer woman in the Mississippi Delta at the turn of the century. Sarah said she’s found the account insightful.

“It’s been eye-opening seeing just the amount of hard work she did and how different times were,” Sarah said. “She’s definitely a remarkable and strong woman, so I’ve enjoyed her story so far.”

Miguel Keeps Things Technical

No – that’s not the title of our Senior Software Developer’s memoir, but it could be. Miguel Gonzalez told me he’s not reading that many books these days. Rather, he spends his time catching up on current events, reading technical references or coding. He said he’s focused on Aurelia and MongoDB at the moment.
Also on his list: Springs Mapping, Google News and YCombinator

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

Like Stephanie Colter, Tresta Account Executive Adam Harris is doing a little soul searching and has turned to the pages of Tolle’s self-help hit, which was published in 2005.

Within its pages, Tolle encourages readers to live in the present and find happiness without placing emphasis in material things.

“It’s teaching me a lot about the ego,” Adam said. “How letting go of our ego is key to personal happiness.”

Cross Justice by James Patterson

Administrative Assistant Jeanette May isn’t only efficient at the office, but also when it comes to her reading habit. She has found a way to get way more reading done: read aloud with your partner.

Jeanette and her husband Dave May, our Senior Systems Engineer, are currently making their way through one of James Patterson’s murder-mystery novels from his Cross series.

The protagonist, Alex Cross, goes back to his hometown to prove his cousin’s innocence and ends up having to solve a string of socialite murders. That guy is busy. Jeanette said it’s all very intense, but loves reading with Dave. They are on their eighth book since last December.

“Its funny,” Jeanette said. “Whether reading a book or traveling, we get there faster if he is in the drivers seat.”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2 by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

Just like Jeanette and Dave, Director of Human Resources Karen Stark read the latest addition to the Harry Potter universe aloud with her husband while traveling.

Did you know this book is in script format? Karen said that made it a bit awkward to read, but was worth it.

“I thought it was pretty good,” Karen said. “Mostly because my family loves the characters and it was a bit like getting an update on them.” She told me it made her want more.

Karen warned me that this book is not for the newcomer. If you’re looking to jump into the series, it’s probably best to start right here.

What books are you reading right now? We love a new recommendation, so please share it with us in the comments.