What Are We Reading?

IFM staff recommends their favorite books

Published online: Jun 29, 2020 Articles
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Dallas McCary, Creative Director

The Happiness Project by Gretchin Rubin

No matter what is going on in my life, I can always find useful tips in The Happiness Project. The author is very "Type A" (Which I relate to) and approaches different aspects of life (Energy, relationships, exercise, etc.) with monthly resolutions and bite-sized goals. One of my favorite takeaways is "Follow the one-minute rule” – push yourself to do any chore that takes less than one minute." I always feel motivated to make positive changes in my life (even if it's just cleaning up clutter around the house) while reading it.

Kevin Malcom, Account Executive

Death on Canvas by Mary Ann Cherry

Death on Canvas is local author Mary Ann Cherry’s debut book. It is a mystery thriller that takes a story from the past and ties it to the characters from today. Mary Ann does an excellent job of keeping the readers guessing with many plot turns throughout the book. It is not the cookie-cutter mystery plot. It’s an excellent read that will leave you guessing right up to the end.


Chris Sheetz, General Manager

The 4 Laws of Prosperity by Blaine Harris & Charles Coonradt

Given these unexpected and unchartered times we are currently faced with, I decided to review my financial goals. This always brings me back into focus and allows me to hit the reset button.  This book is simply stated, easy to follow and just plain makes sense. I come back to it several times a year to see what I am missing. A two-thumbs up!


Emily FitzPatrick, Editor

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

I first read The Kite Runner when I was a senior in high school, but I return to the story frequently. It was the first piece of adult fiction that made me feel something. Hosseini’s writing transported me directly into the head of Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul. I can guarantee you’ll be hunting down Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountain Echoed before you finish his page-turning debut novel.


Steve Smede, Special Projects

If It Bleeds by Stephen King

I’ve been hooked on the Master of Horror since reading into -- and reeling from -- his short story, “Quitters, Inc.” That was three decades ago. Today, King is still kickin’ it, and so are his forays into anthology fiction. I have just barely begun with his latest collection, but I’m sure it will be as mesmerizing as the volumes of pint-size stories that he’s been churning out since his first collection, “Night Shift,” hit the shelves in 1979. 


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