The summer is officially here (in the northern hemisphere) and we’re all looking forward to taking some time off in the hot sun and reading a few good books. To prepare, we asked our staff to share some recommendations for summer reading. It was originally meant to be shared just around the office, but we received so many good suggestions that we decided to share some of the most interesting ones with you, our members! So if you’re looking for something good to read this summer, here are 6 of our favorite book recommendations from the Payza staff:
Nikita P, Banking Reconciliation Team – The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi
Nikita is fascinated by Indian mythology and religion, and has introduced many of us at Payza to Amish Tripathi’s Shiva Trilogy of novels, which begins with The Immortals of Meluha. A deeply-researched fantasy novel heavily based on Hindu history and mythological stories, the first novel by this Mumbai born and based author was a huge success when first published in India in 2010.
“Beautifully narrated by Amish, which makes us flow with its story, The Immortals of Meluha is a completely mythological story written in a modern style. The novel creates anticipation in the reader’s mind and compels one to read with great curiosity till the end. I love reading this book and would especially suggest it to anybody interested in the ancient history of India.” – Nikita P.
Buy it here: The Immortals of Meluha
Rob E, Marketing Team – Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson
Originally published in 2013, Zero Waste Home is an instructional book on cutting garbage (waste) out of our lives. In it, author Bea Johnson explains how she, her husband Scott, and their two sons have managed to limit their garbage to just one quart per year and this has resulted in healthier lives, more time spent together, and an annual household spending cut by a remarkable 40%.
“This book teaches you how to organize your life by cutting out the waste. Not only will it help you learn to appreciate what is really important in life, it will also teach you how to do your part to help the environment by throwing out less garbage. Zero Waste Home is full of tips for all situations, it has something for everyone.” – Rob E.
Buy it here: Zero Waste Home
Derek H, Marketing Team – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Now a major television series from the American streaming service Hulu, this 1985 novel from prolific Canadian author Margaret Atwood, already her most popular work, is newly relevant again. A dystopian novel set in the near future in New England, it paints a picture of an America now controlled by a totalitarian regime and tells the story of one woman’s struggle against oppression and subjugation.
“Margaret Atwood is one Canada’s most popular and celebrated authors, and as a Canadian it gives me great pride to see a whole new audience introduced to her work because of the new TV series based on The Handmaid’s Tale. I hope the people who like the show don’t limit themselves to just this one book, because she has dozens of brilliant novels that everyone should read.” – Derek H.
Buy it here: The Handmaid’s Tale
Ruchita M, Account Verification (Trainer) – Mrityunjay by Shivaji Sawant
Mrityunjay, one of the most famous Marathi novels, was the first novel by author Shivaji Sawant. Mrityunjay, which translates into “Triumph Over Death”, is based on the Indian mythological Karna, one of the leading characters of the epic Mahabharat. Written in Marathi, it was later published in Hindi in 1974 and English in 1989.
“The novel comprises auspicious Marathi writing skills, simple artistic language dealing with the beauties of nature, as well as figures of speech natural to Marathi speakers. This novel is a milestone in the history of Marathi literature yet remains popular in this century and has been awarded many of the prizes and awards given by the Jnanpith (Murti Devi Award). I am looking forward to read more from the same author.” – Ruchita M.
Buy it here: Mrituyunjay
Emelie S, Marketing Team – Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
Released just a couple of months ago, this non-fiction book from the COO of Facebook was named the Amazon Best Book of April 2017. Part memoir, part self-help book (the full title is Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy), Sheryl set out to write this book after her husband and the father or her children passed away, and recruited friend and psychologist Adam Grant is co-author.
“It’s not fair to call Option B a self-help book; it doesn’t just give superficial advice about how to self-actualize, it actually tells the true story of Sheryl’s experience overcoming the loss of her husband and the trauma that has inflicted on her family. Sometimes uncomfortable but always rewarding, this book will be relatable to, and helpful for, anyone who has experienced any significant loss or adversity in their lives, which I think is all of us.” – Emelie S.
Karleen J, Quality Assurance Team – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Originally published on June 26th 1997, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling’s first novel and the first installment in the Harry Potter series, just turned 20 years old. If you still haven’t read the Harry Potter books, now is the time to find out why it is the best-selling book series in history and has been translated into 73 languages and counting.
“It’s hard to believe that the first Harry Potter book came out 20 years ago. Me and so many others grew up on those books (and later, those movies) and I go back to them every few years. They never get old. Anybody who hasn’t read Harry Potter yet should start right away and see why The Philosopher’s Stone turned J.K. Rowling into a household name and spawned six more books in the main series.” – Karleen J.
Buy it here: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
There you have it! We hope you enjoy some of these books this summer, but we know that many of you probably already have your summer reading list lined up. What are you planning to read during your time off this year? Tell us about your favorite books in the comments below!