HM Summer Reads

Categories: Community Engagement

Okay, just a few weeks left of summer. That means squeezing in a few more beach trips. Just one problem… you finished your book by the lake last week!

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We went behind the scenes of the Healthy Monadnock Headquarters (or #HMHQ as we like to say) and asked for some staff picks.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Recommended by Kelsey Plifka, Champions Program Coordinator

This book is one wild adventure of a read! In this book a young woman who recently loses her mother decides to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail alone with little to no hiking experience to find herself. You feel every emotion she does and this book truly teaches us strength, perseverance and accomplishment, despite what life hands you.”

All the Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Recommended by Kath McLaughlin, Champions Program Manager

“This book is about a blind French girl and a young German boy and how their lives cross in France during WWII. I have just started this book and am already hooked. What intrigues me most is how the author describes sounds and smells instead of sight because one of the characters is blind. This story is rich, powerful, and conveys just how devastating war can be.  A must read for all.”

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Recommended by Sarah Kossayda, Communications and Evaluations Manager

“Having just finished Kath’s recommended book, All the Light You Cannot See, I needed something light that allowed my head to still revel in Anthony Doer’s incredible novel. This easy read fit the bill. I was hooked like popcorn. A 39-year old woman falls in spin class, hits her head, and can’t remember the last ten years of her life. What were you doing ten years ago? How have you changed? This book reminds us to be true to ourselves but also to not fear change. A very fun read.“

The Short Stories of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes

Recommended by Siri Rosendahl, Program Assistant

“My favorite part of this collection is that it spans Hughes’s early writings as a teenager to his more developed writings as he grew older. You can feel his change in style as he comes to his own as a writer and as a change-making adult. I’ve always considered Hughes a poet above all else and have never considered his other writings. Each story hooks you in the first few paragraphs and is a display of Hughes’s literary genius across the medium.”

Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath

Recommended by the Entire Staff

We were so excited about this book that we decided to read it together and are having mini book club style discussions. The book includes case studies of various change movements, from public health campaigns to interoffice inefficiencies, breaking down the strategies. We’ve learned how to “Direct the Rider” (analytical thinking), “Move the Elephant” (emotional thinking), and “Shape the Path” (create environments that make your goal for change easy and possible).