Pine Tribe’s Recommended Summer Reading List

It’s summertime, which means it’s time to leave the comforts of our home and hang out at the beach. After overdosing on salt water and playing too much paddleball, there’s nothing better than to lounge with a great summer read. As we work in publishing, you can bet that the people here at Pine Tribe love books, and summer is one of the times when we like to revisit our favourite stories. Some of us like to keep it light, while others enjoy digging deep into the mysteries of our world and minds. We’ve collected a couple of our teams’ favourite books to create the Pine Tribe Summer Reading List. Take a peek for some inspiration, there’s something for everyone.

Kali’s Choice: The Saga of Gösta Berling

 

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ben’S CHOICE: A short history of nearly everything

 

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Martin’s Choice: Borderliners

 

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Tiffany’s Choice: Eat, Pray, love

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Pine Tribe's Recommended Summer Reading List[/GeoTargeted]A bit cliché, but I love it anyway. An easy summer read is [GeoTargeted out=”AL,AD,AM,AT,AZ,BY,BE,BA,BG,HR,CY,CZ,DK,EE,FI,FR,GE,DE,GR,HU,IS,IE,IT,LV,LI,LT,LU,MK,MT,MD,MC,ME,NL,NO,PL,PT,RO,RU,SM,RS,SK,SI,ES,SE,CH,TR,UA,GB,VA,EU”]Eat, Pray, Love,[/GeoTargeted][GeoTargeted to=”AL,AD,AM,AT,AZ,BY,BE,BA,BG,HR,CY,CZ,DK,EE,FI,FR,GE,DE,GR,HU,IS,IE,IT,LV,LI,LT,LU,MK,MT,MD,MC,ME,NL,NO,PL,PT,RO,RU,SM,RS,SK,SI,ES,SE,CH,TR,UA,GB,VA,EU”]Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything[/GeoTargeted] by Elizabeth Gilbert. Gilbert’s 2006 book is a memoir about her journey through divorce and her search after to find herself. After losing what felt like everything, Gilbert goes on a quest to regain herself. She ventures to Italy, a time full of pleasure and food. After four months, she leaves it behind for an almost ascetic life in India, finding devotion and spirituality. Finally, she lands in Bali seeking balance between pleasure and spirituality and unexpectedly finds love. The story is simple and almost unbelievable, but complex as it exposes the vulnerability in all of us: emotions. I laughed, smiled and cried throughout. In truth, I have read it three different times and found three different ways to relate. It’s an easy beach read that will keep you light-heartedly engaged, and happy at the same time.

Gavin’s Choice: The Africa Trilogy

 

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Charu’s Choice: THe Namesake

 

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Now it’s up to you!

Summer is a time to really kick-back and unwind, and nothing can help that process better than a good book. Hopefully this list inspires you to pick up a new fun read, or the want to revisit a book that has always been there as a comforting friend. What do you think of this list? Learn more about our team here, and if you feel that there’s a book that we missed that others need to bring to the beach, add your own recommendation in the comments section!

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18 Jun 2014

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