2023 Holiday Reading List


With the holiday season upon us, we are excited to share a new list of books we enjoyed this year. Whether you need a last minute gift or are looking for a good way to spend holiday time off, we hope you can find something from our list to enjoy.

As the year comes to a close, we hope you find some time to yourself this holiday season to unwind, sit by a cozy fire and delve into one of our favorite reads. Our 2023 reading list captures a variety of great reads hand-picked by our team.

From all of us, we wish you a happy holiday and a wonderful new year.

- The MERU team


Demon Copperhead
by Barbara Kingsolver

Inspired by Dickens, this contemporary Pulitzer Prize-winning tale echoes timeless struggles against institutional poverty. Set in the Southern Appalachia mountains, follows a boy born into poverty, navigating foster care, child labor, and societal neglect. In his candid voice, he confronts modern challenges, from addiction to love and loss. Barbara Kingsolver channels Dickens' anger and compassion, offering a poignant narrative that resonates with the plight of a new generation born into beautiful yet forsaken landscapes.

- Jason Armes

The Trusted Advisor
by David Maister

A bit academic at times, but does an effective job of articulating the value of Trust in personal and professional relationships including how to build it. "It's not about you, it's about them".

- Nick Campbell


50 Real Heroes for Boys: True Stories of Courage, Integrity, Kindness, Empathy, Compassion, and More!
by Christy Monson

As a mom to three boys, I am always looking for children's books that will inspire my boys to live courageously and reach their full potential. This children's book is about men (and women) who knew that character mixed with their own unique gifts could make the world a better place. Readers will find stories about Jackie Robinson, who used courage to break barriers in sports; Jim Henson, who used humor to uplift the lives of millions and Dav Pilkey, who used perseverance to push through dyslexia and become one of the world's most successful children's book authors.

- Daisy Fitzgerald


American Prometheus
by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin

American Prometheus by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin is a riveting biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb. Delving into his brilliant mind, complex character, and the moral dilemmas of the nuclear age, it's an illuminating exploration of science, politics, and the human cost of innovation.

- Colin Andrade


Number Go Up: Inside Crypto's Wild Rise and Staggering Fall
by Zeke Faux

Number Go Up by Zeke Faux is a book that exposes the crypto craze. Faux, an investigative reporter, uncovers the scams, the utopians, and the billionaires behind the new financial machinery. You will meet Sam Bankman-Fried, the crypto king who wants to save the world, Razzlekhan, the former child actor turned crypto impresario, and others who are part of the $3 trillion delusion. Faux also reveals the truth about what happens when a country bets on Bitcoin, and how a spam text leads him to a human-trafficking ring.

- Kyle Sturgeon

The Infinite Game
by Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek's, The Infinite Game challenges conventional business thinking, urging leaders to adopt an infinite mindset. Sinek argues that sustainable success comes from embracing a mindset focused on continual improvement and adaptability, rather than fixed goals. Drawing on real-world examples, this Kindle Edition inspires a transformative approach to leadership and organizational strategy.

The Silver Arrow
by Lev Grossman

The Silver Arrow is a captivating adventure perfect for pre-teens. When Kate stumbles upon a magical train in her backyard, the story unfolds with talking animals, environmental themes, and the joy of discovery. Lev Grossman's enchanting blend of fantasy and important life lessons makes it an ideal gift, offering a delightful and thought-provoking read for your young readers.

This linguistic adventure unravels the mystery behind 101 common idioms, phrases, and sayings, revealing their quirky origins and cultural evolution. Delight in the rich tapestry of language as Matthews takes you on a captivating journey through the fascinating history of our everyday expressions.