Summer Like a Savant: What We’re Reading

The problem: it’s summer and you’re planning to burn up that PTO someplace warm. Will you while it away on a beach or hop on a plane and travel someplace insta-worthy? Either way, you’ve got downtime, and chances are, no wifi. How to occupy the time? The perfect summer read of course!

We’ve got you covered. Check out what the AdSavants team is reading this summer to escape, be inspired or learn, and (bonus!) get to know us a little better through the pages we’re turning this summer.


“I usually read fiction because it’s entertaining, helps me unwind and stretches my imagination. This is usually a mixture of both realistic fiction as well as mystical/dystopian fiction. Usually my strategy is just to wander into the library and pick up whatever looks interesting. I also rely on Goodreads and friend recommendations.”
Recommends: Tunnel Vision, by Susan Adrian or Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher


“This book was recommended to me as a light summer read. I already have it packed for the beach! With reviews like: “Once in a great while, a character like Arthur Pepper comes along and quietly steals your heart. Arthur might make you cry—but he’ll also make you laugh, think and feel grateful that you came along on his fantastical journey,” how could I not want to give it a read?”

Recommend: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick


“My favorite book, which I would totally read again, is Message in a Bottle, by Nicholas Sparks. It of course, being a Nicholas Sparks novel, is a romance. However, it really dives into how everything happens for a reason. That people meet at the time that they are destined to and that love can be found once more.”

Recommend: Message in a Bottle, by Nicholas Sparks


Radical Candor is about being a better leader; as a person always in search of how to inspire creative people, I’ve heard this is a good read . . . I’ve recently watched a few Vikings shows and have become intrigued about separating fact from fiction as it relates to their history. This book was given to me as a gift and I look forward to diving into it this summer.”

Recommends: Radical Candor, by Kim Scott and The Age of the Vikings, by Anders Winroth


“I love fiction, fantasy, and poetry. I’m also a firm believer in reading multiple things at once—I usually like to read something that challenges me, inspires me, and helps me escape. Here’s what I’m juggling right now: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi is a novel that reads like a series of short stories that build a larger narrative that transcends time and history. I love her style, and that I’m learning Ghanaian history and U.S. history at the same time! Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is a book of the loveliest and most heartbreaking poems. I read a couple a night for magical dreams. I’m a huge fan of Neil Gaiman and a big mythology nerd, the combination couldn’t be more perfect in Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. Each chapter is short and makes for great travel reading if you get interrupted.”

Recommends: Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi, Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur, and Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman


Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet, by Jamie Ford is a recommend. I did not know a lot about the Japanese American internment during World War Two. It became especially relevant to me since this happened to our future daughter-in-law’s grandfather (although he lived in California and was sent to Las Vegas).”

Recommend: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet, by Jamie Ford


“The book starts out with a woman finding a letter tucked away in her attic. It’s addressed in her husband’s handwriting and says “For my wife, Cecilia Fitzpatrick…To be opened only in the event of my death”. The thing is, he is alive and well, and away on a business trip. Cecilia is left to try to analyze what this cryptic message might be about. Chapter by chapter, new characters are introduced and you start to learn they are intertwined with each other in a very interesting way. The author has a humorous, if not a bit sarcastic, style that lends itself well to the nature of this mystery. Very well done. A definite page turner.”

Recommend: The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty


“I am still trying to get to Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn because it takes place in our home state of Missouri and I’ve heard it’s a phenomenal mystery and page-turner! With three kids and a house full of “stuff,” I desperately need to read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo.”

Recommends: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo