Behind every Fracture print hanging in every home and office, is a team of over 70 amazing people who work hard to deliver excellence with every photo we ship. And when we’re not busy working, you can find many of us with our nose in a book. Or at least a Kindle. Maybe even Audible playing in our headphones.
I asked our team what books they were currently enjoying and we got over 30 books in response. So we picked a few out to feature with a little more about what makes these books worth recommending. Enjoy these highlights and the full list below.
Ann: The Teenage Brain
The Teenage Brain completely sucked me in when I realized the book was written by a neuroscientist that was an active parent of teenagers. It’s not some scientist using data to analyze a situation. Instead, they were experiencing first hand those issues that I face every day as a parent. Being the parent of 14-year-old high school freshman and reading over the table of contents, I felt like the book was calling my name when covering topics such as sleep, taking risks, pot, stress, digital invasion, and sports.
Every day I send my son off to high school unsure of what decision he will need to make and how will he handle those decisions. I only hope as a parent I am providing the support he needs while being aware of the issues he may have to face.
Drew: Alexander Hamilton’s Guide to Life
Like many of his books, this one by Jeff Wilser combines wit and wisdom such that I found it hard to put Alexander Hamilton’s Guide to Life down.
There’s something really powerful in looking to the past to learn lessons. This book does a fantastic job of weaving the narrative of Hamilton’s political and personal life with the bevy of important lessons and principles that we can learn from and apply today for a better-lived life and legacy.
What I really loved about Sapiens was how Harari took topics that can be super boring, like evolutionary biology and political history, and wove a really thoughtful story full of thought-provoking insights and perspective. His story-telling style was really gripping, and I found myself thinking about the human species in a way I had never even considered before.
For example, a brilliant insight of his focused on the agricultural revolution and how it all centered around a single grain, wheat, and how instead of us domesticating wheat, wheat domesticated us. He made it seem like wheat had motives and intelligence and actually masterminded it’s own growth, which is crazy to think about. It definitely paints a more humble view of humans in their relationship with wheat. I’ve never thought about wheat so much!
Reading Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail brought me back to a time in my life when I thought escaping to the mountains would help me solve my life’s problems. Although my problems were not as intense as Cheryl Strayed’s, they were unique to my story and overwhelming all the same.
So I decided to take a year off of school to work with a home repair ministry in the heart of the Central Appalachian Mountains. The work was intense and rewarding and overwhelming in a whole new set of ways. Like Cheryl, I had many moments where I thought to myself, “What was I thinking? Why am I doing this? I can always quit.” But also like Cheryl, I kept going and let the experience mold me and become part of me.
Chuck: Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire
I’m late to the Harry Potter game, having grown up during the “Satanic Panic” in a household where we thought Harry and the gang would turn kids into Satan worshippers. Twenty years passed and not one of my childhood friends have sacrificed a goat on a stone altar (that I know of), so I figured it was safe to try the series for myself.
Also, now that I’m a father to a baby that will likely speak English, it’s inevitable she will want to read Harry Potter. I’ve heard great things about the audiobooks so I bought a few on our favorite audio service. I’m now on Goblet of Fire and I must say Jim Dale’s dramatic readings are fantastic (although I’m eager to hear the Stephen Fry versions as well). While I’m afraid I’m a bit long in the tooth to fully immerse myself in the childlike wonder and magic of the series, the stories are still compelling and fun. I look forward to sharing these with my daughter Tracey when she’s ready to hear them.
The Rest of the Best
As promised, here’s our complete Now Reading list.
- The Teenage Brain by Frances E Jensen
- Mastering your Mean Girl by Melissa Ambrosini
- Capture Your Style by Aimee Song
- Alexander Hamilton’s Guide to Life by Jeff Wilser
- Everybody Writes by Ann Handley
- Ashes of Eden by William Shatner
- My Life in Advertising by Claude Hopkins
- It’s Not Luck by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
- Red War by Kyle Mills
- Healing ADD by Daniel G Amen
- What is the Bible by Rob Bell
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
- How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee
- New and Selected Poems by Donald Justice
- Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
- The Watchmen
- Wild by Cheryl Strayed
- Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris
- The Body is not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor
- Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss
- Design Systems by Alla Kholmatova
- Influence by Robert Cialdini
- Gulf by Jack E. Davis
- The Artists Way by Julia Cameron
- Ask by Ryan Levesque
- Wizard of Ads by Roy Williams.
That’s a lot of books! And all of them are great, we promise.
But you don’t have to take our word for it.