Summer ReadingSubmitted by Affiance Financial on August 8th, 2017
Long, sunny days are made for relaxing on a park bench, deck chair, or floatation device with a good book. Here are some of the things we've been reading this summer.
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
Erich Leidel, Director of Client Services — A friend recommended this book to me and it is an extremely interesting biography of one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time, arguably in history. The book describes Elon’s childhood, eccentric personality, and motivation to start three different industry changing companies almost simultaneously.
Steve Drost, Paraplanner — I’m reading Elon Musk’s biography because… he’s awesome! He is revolutionizing the way we pay, the way we drive, the way we live. It’s really interesting to see how he has approached these massive challenges.
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
Steven Schoenberger, Financial Planner — This book, on its surface, is about the author’s story of growing up in working-collar America, becoming a Marine, and graduating from Yale Law School. However, as much more-esteemed literary critics have pointed out, this book really describes life for a specific group of people in this country who are at best misunderstood, but more likely overlooked and ignored. One of the most profound facts I have read so far, “As a 2011 Brookings Institution study found, ‘compared to 2000, residents of extreme-poverty neighborhoods in 2005–09 were more likely to be white, native-born, high school or college graduates, homeowners, and not receiving public assistance.”
Seth Meisler, Principal, Chief Investment Officer — I read this book during a week away at camp. I thought it was extremely thought-provoking – exploring the social issues of middle America, as well as the greater structural issues our country faces.
American Assassin: A Thriller by Vince Flynn
Kyle Berg, Financial Planner — I am an action movie fan. But when a movie is based on a book, I always like to read the book first. So, I wanted to read this before the movie comes out in September.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Marcia Zappa, Marketing & Communications Manager — Liane Moriarty is one of my favorite authors. I always describe her books as “Romantic Comedy Mysteries.” There’s always a love story and a twist, but they’re never too dark – perfect for summer reading!
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Tyler Borgmann, Marketing & Communications Specialist — My mom was at a library sale and asked me if there was anything she should get me. I said anything old in the literature section – so here we are. I’m about halfway through (pg. 289). I think what makes Steinbeck great is his meticulous attention to detail in describing the setting and characters, putting you right in the story. Then there’s his philosophical epiphanies that he channels through his characters, which is really, really fun. R.I.P Samuel Hamilton.
Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings by Kenneth R. Ginsburg
Seth Meisler, Principal, Chief Investment Officer — This book offers suggestions on how to help kids build grit. It guides parents in how to support their children, but not overprotect them.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
Steven Schoenberger, Financial Planner — I have not listened to many audiobooks, but I feared that I would not get through the whole thing in a more traditional format. Instead, I decided that I could justify spending my commutes listening to this book, which walks you through the 70,000 years of human history. So far, I highly recommend this book, as it is extremely thought provoking.
The Story of Beautiful Girl
Laurie Netznik, Director of Finance & HR — This book describes the life of one young girl, as well as other lives she touches, after being placed in an institution back in the 1960’s. It’s an eye-opener as to how we perceived others back then and the terrible conditions of these institutions, as well as the gifts that special people can give us all.
In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien
Molly Andersen, Operations Coordinator — Every time I’m at my parent’s house, I look through their bookshelves to see if there’s a book I’m interested in reading. My mom always suggests reading this book and this time, I finally took her suggestion. A great mystery set in Minnesota, no wonder she kept pushing it on me. I can’t put it down!
The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 by Joseph J. Ellis
Steve Lear, Principal, Financial Planner — I’ve been listening to The Quartet, which describes the “Second Revolutionary War,” the internal war fought by George Washington, John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison from 1783 to 1789. These inspiring geniuses fought to write the constitution and create our country’s federalist system. It is a fascinating story, that helps readers recognize the difficulties of creating a nation.
The Racketeer: A Novel by John Grisham
Patty Voigt, Operations & Compliance Assistant — I don’t usually read Grisham, but Darleen Roach and I share books often and she leant me The Racketeer. So far, it’s pretty good!
Tools for Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Timothy Ferriss
Seth Meisler, Principal, Chief Investment Officer — This book is a fun – and kind of a crazy – manual on a variety of topics presented by leaders in industry, health & fitness, as well as entertainment. Each section is bit sized and can range from health to work/life balance, to how to start you day in order to live your best life.
Omer Abramovich, Financial Planner — Isn’t reading anything. He took a well-deserved “mental break” during the month of July after studying for and passing his CFP® exam. Congratulations Omer!