2015 Summer Reading List: OCG PR Edition

By OCGPR Staff | June 23, 2015

Summertime welcomes relaxation, vacation and sunny days. For some of us that means getting some much needed reading accomplished during travel and pool days. Sharpening your mind while you have some downtime is productive, and we at OCG PR like to learn as much as possible.

With the luxury of enjoying summer hours (our office closes at noon on Fridays!), we wanted to know what a few members of our staff had on their reading list this summer. Here’s a look at what they’re reading.

Amoya Edwards: The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

I’m committed to finishing The Alchemist this summer. I’ve always heard it was such a life-changing read. If you hadn’t heard about this book already, The Alchemist is about a shepherd boy who wants to travel around the world in search of a magnificent treasure. The Alchemist appears to be a quick and wisdom-filled read. I just need to find the time to finally scratch it off my list!

C.J. Schexnayder: Move: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead by Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Providing world-class transportation infrastructure is key for America’s future but, too often, that goal is sidetracked by conflicting political interests, lack of funding and shortsighted vision. The author of my summer must-read, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, provides a fresh look at solutions and alternatives that have emerged in recent years and could break the impasse.

Jannibah Coleman: Pleasantville by Attica Locke

Pleasantville is a Houston neighborhood – the “first planned community” for upwardly mobile Blacks in the country. In addition to unraveling a mystery, the book also navigates the culture and politics of this real-life setting. I always enjoy books that meld fiction with history!

Rob Cox: The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell

This book is ingrained in contemporary business speak. There’s no escaping it. “Mavens.” “Connectors.” “The Bystander Effect.” I have no idea what any of these things mean. But by the end of summer, you better believe I’ll know all about “The Power of Context” and Hush Puppies’ shoes sales. I’m excited for my first foray into Gladwell’s impressive works.

Stacia Smith: Scary Close by Donald Miller

This book is the account of Donald Miller and his decision, at the age of 40, to start being himself at all cost in order to experience true intimacy in everyday relationships. This year, I’ve been looking into the results that come from presenting our egos (who we want people to think we are) versus presenting our true selves to those around us, so when I heard a preacher mention this book during a sermon recently, I knew it had to be added to my summer reading list.

Tonya Veasey: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

This book chronicles a story of justice and redemption. “Just Mercy” is one of the books on my list this summer to fulfill my need to better understand why our criminal justice doesn’t work for some.

Now that you’ve heard what we’re reading, we’d love to know what’s on your summer reading list! Do you have a great read for us to add? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us at @ocg_pr.

  • Jannibah Coleman

    My book list just got longer! Very interesting and diverse. :)

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