28 Oct Good Reads: Fall in Boston Edition
By: Shami Barooshian
Hello from Boston!
Fall has officially — fallen? — and we New Englanders are reveling in the most beautiful time of the year, the reason we all put up with the long and snowy winter that follows. George Eliot put it best: “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
This season is full of nostalgia and traditions: apple picking, pumpkin carving, raking leaves, football, flannel, fireplaces and the air—the fresh, crisp smell of autumn air.
It’s also the beginning of reading season, time to trade in beach reads and magazines for some heartier content—books to curl up with on these crisp days over a cup of hot coffee or beside a blazing fireplace.
For those of us here at LaunchSquad, it’s especially important that we participate in this particular Fall ritual, since these months coincide with our busiest time of year. The calendar from September through December is filled with product announcements, company launches and events, not to mention the crazy holiday news cycle. Setting aside time to recharge with a great book can get those creative juices flowing, help us think in new ways, keep us curious and inspire us.
Here are some books capturing the Boston office’s attention during these wonderful fall days:
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
It’s like a book and activity all in one. Rubin shares insight and research about what it truly means to be “happy” while also completing her own personal journey to bring more joy into her life. She sets resolutions and goals every month to improve certain aspects of her life — from decluttering her house to becoming a trove of happy family memories.
It’s a quick read and a great way to reignite some inspiration in your own life!
–Lucia Schepps, Senior Account Executive
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
Working at LS, I feel like I’m constantly learning about, engaging with and spreading awareness about new forms of technology. I’m thoroughly enjoying reading this book during this time in my life, because it’s making the narrator’s perspective much more relatable. Pirsig takes a stance that embraces technology and is confused by his friends’ negative and skeptical outlook on an innovative world — and I enjoy channeling my daily professional thoughts into my nightly reading.
-Tess Woods, Intern
Screw You Dolores: A Wicked Approach to Happiness by Sarah-Kate Lynch
I stumbled upon this book in a random airport in New Zealand and was initially attracted to it because my mother’s name is Dolores (Disclaimer: my mom’s awesome — I just knew she’d get a kick out of it). I ended up reading the entire book on the flight I took from that airport and can’t say enough about it. Lynch takes readers on a wild ride, sharing her unique and hilarious experiences throughout her lifetime. She specifically takes a look back at the year following her 50th birthday, a moment when she declared she’d focus on self-empowerment and happiness.
Lynch’s career has taken her to far and exotic locations, exposing her to diverse cultures and people that taught her invaluable lessons. She shares moments that taught her how to stick up for herself, how to find true happiness, and when to take herself seriously. It’s a beautiful mix between comedy, life-advice and autobiography. You won’t be able to stop smiling after just a few pages.
-Allison Viverette, Account Associate
Room by Emma Donoghue
This novel felt like falling off a cliff. I hit a point in my reading where I just couldn’t put the book down—even stayed up ‘til midnight to finish it!
The book is told from the perspective of 5-year-old Jack, who has never left the small room he was born in. He and his mother are trapped there by the mother’s kidnapper. What is so moving about the story, I think, is Jack’s voice. He offers a totally unique perspective, his ideas are fresh and thought-provoking. Not to mention the suspense around whether or not they’ll escape. The movie is coming out soon—definitely read the book before watching (and avoid the trailer too!)
-Shami Barooshian, Account Executive
What books are you digging into this fall? Have your favorite reads given you any work-day inspiration? Leave us a comment and let us know!
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