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GG Team Summer Reading List

Reading is special. An escape from reality, a deep dive into the mind of brilliant thinkers, a journey to another land. Books offer our mind new ideas, different perspectives, unique ways of thinking, and can help shape us into the best version of ourselves. 

With such a large variety of books out there, we thought we’d share GG’s Team Summer Reading List… or more a little peek into what our team is reading at the moment and some all time favorites. Our book themes vary which makes this list another great one :) Some of us love books that inspire and help us grow while others love a great thriller romance.

Books from Jenn

Whatever books suit your fancy, we can promise you you’ll find at least one you’ll want to add to your reading list for this summer. And don’t worry, we’ve included links to all of the books to make it super easy for you!

We did our best to link independent book stores to support small :) A favorite online shop for books is bookshop.orgBookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores.

In the Madison-area? Some of our fav local bookstores include:

Itty Bitty Bookstore (here in Stoughton, WI) Our neighbor and good friend! Such an incredible bookstore with an amazing mission.

A Room of One's Own

Paul's Bookstore

Mystery to Me


What is Karen reading?

    Let My People Go Surfing

In Love with the World: A Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and Helen Tworkov - Books related to mindfulness are consistently on my reading lists. This was recommended by my hubby. It’s my favorite kind of reading early in the morning as a way to set the day. I love starting my day with a spiritual read.

Teaching When the World is on Fire by Lisa Delpit - I’m always reading something new to help inspire my students and to keep my teaching fresh. The book is an engaging read for my summer Critical Multicultural Perspectives course. I’ve learned so much from Lisa Delpit. Another favorite and classic is her premier book Others Peoples Children (1995). It is still relevant and an important read.

Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard - I love a book with a storytelling vibe that's nonfiction while also getting the chance to learn about new practices to help me be more innovative personally and professionally. The author is the founder of the company Patagonia. It takes you places!


What is Jenn reading?

Bravey  Think Again  A Very Punchable Face

Bravey by Alexi Pappas - I love this book for its emphasis on the importance of mental health awareness and the normalization of it, and also the intimate look into the intricacies of success not always equaling happiness.

Think Again by Adam Grant - I am loving the challenge of learning how not to attach my beliefs to my identity and the importance of being comfortable with being wrong. Thinking like a scientist and seeing challenges to my opinions as an opportunity to develop and evolve my thinking are my goals after reading this book.

A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost - This hilarious memoir reminds me not to take myself too seriously and to have more absurd adventures.


What is Kelsey reading?

Verity  You Are a Badass  The Wedding Date

Verity by Colleen Hoover - I’m a BIG romance thriller fan and Verity is it. I couldn’t put this book down and read it in 24 hours over a weekend. Will keep you at the edge of your seat!

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero - This book was recommended by many in my life and I completely understand why. I love reading Jen Sincero’s style of writing; you feel like you’re having a conversation with your bestie. This book is empowering as hell and helped me combat a lot of imposter syndrome as a female both personally and professionally.

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory - Okay guys, I had to. I’m a sucker for a romance beach novel, especially during the summer months. An easy read and boy oh boy is it sexy. Perfect to take with you on vacation for a quick but fun read.


What is Jordan reading?

Tuesdays with Morrie  Same Kind of Different  The Book Thief

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom - I've always had a love for true stories and biographies and this one checks off both. It’s about coming to terms with death and that loss of control. 

Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore - Another biography that was written by two men who had completely different upbringings and yet somehow became friends in adulthood. The book talks about systemic racism and what privilege can get you in life, while going over the timeline of their life.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - I read this book for a project in school but it stuck with me. It’s a historical fiction account of a young girl in Nazi controlled Germany. I think we can learn a lot from books, despite them being fiction and how to utilize that past to make a better future.

Karen's books

We’re a bunch of bookworms over here at Grasshopper Goods. Our team is small but mighty and we love to read. Have you read any of our recommended books? Added any to your reading list? Let us know in the comments and please share your favorites right now! We love adding to our reading lists too :)

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