Category Archives: TADL To Read


Local author Cari Noga’s debut novel, Sparrow Migrations, has gotten great reviews. And we can’t wait to talk with her in person this month at Books & Brewskis. Here’s what’s in her #toread pile:


Cari says:

“From the bottom up, here’s why these titles wound up with me:

Both The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan and A Land We Can Share (subtitled Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism) were chosen so I can help my son’s reading improve. Rules is also autism-related, an award-winning middle grade book written from the POV of a sister of a boy with autism. It might help with my daughter someday.

On Immunity is actually already read (my review here.) My community experienced an outbreak of pertussis last year, and more isolated cases of measles. As a staunchly pro-vaccination parent yet personally disinclined to invite conflict, I’ve been struggling with how vocal to be on this matter of public health. Reading Bliss’ book (and recommending it) is a first step.

The Second Chance Key is part of my effort to read more self-pubbed authors. Jacque Burke is the wonderful ML (municipal liaison) of my NaNoWriMo area and this is her debut novel. The next two are also by authors with northern Michigan connections. Nuts to You is the latest by Newbery Medal winner Lynne Rae Perkins (President Obama also picked it up recently) and Field Notes for the Earthbound is a much-acclaimed, first full-length work by John Mauk, a former colleague at Northwestern Michigan College. I’m lucky to have all three of these signed by their authors.

Topping it all off is a coming-of-age classic that I’ve stopped and started a few times, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Maybe this will be the year.”

Want to show us what you’re reading?: Post a picture of your #toread stack and use the hashtags #tadltoread and #fineprint.

TADL #toread: Allison Beers

Allison Beers is the owner of the events management company, Events North, and a 7-time (!) 40 under 40-er for the Traverse City Business News. Here’s what’s in her #toread pile:

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Allison says:

“I love to read books from amazing business leaders to get different perspectives on what made them successful.  I was an English major in college and was fortunate to get to read so many classics while at Albion.  Dr. Horstman is a Traverse City resident and was a professor of mine (one of my favorites) at Albion so I HAD to read his new book.  Between running two businesses and two kids, I try to read a few minutes here and there when I can!  Also, I own about 110 scarfs so I’m always looking for new ways to tie them!”

Check out some of Allison’s books at TADL:

Not Becoming My Mother by Ruth Reichl

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Rebuilding the Foodshed by Philip Ackerman-Leist

The Work of Leaders by Julie Straw

Want to show us what you’re reading?: Post a picture of your #toread stack and use the hashtags #tadltoread and #fineprint.

TADL #toread: Sarah Lucas

Another bright young 40 Under 40er sent us her (partial!) #toread pile. Sarah Lucas is the Regional Planning Program Manager at the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments and reads so much she had to buy a second table to “make room for the ever-growing stacks of books I MUST read – before I can move on to the shelf of must-reads on the shelf…”

We asked Sarah:

Is there a book you always say you’re going to read but probably never will? Ulysses by James Joyce

What book to you recommend for other people’s #toread piles?  Lost in the Cosmos by Walker Percy. Thought-provoking, strange, and entertaining; Walker Percy is probably one of the most under-appreciated of American authors.

Thanks for sharing Sarah! We noticed a TADL book in that stack too!

 Want to show us what you’re reading?: Post a picture of your #toread stack and use the hashtags #tadltoread and #fineprint.

TADL #toread: Emilee Syrewicze

Emilee Syrewicze  is the Executive Director at Northwest Michigan Supportive Housing and was on the 2014 Forty Under Forty list for Traverse City Business News.  So we had to know just what she’s reading.


Here’s what Emilee had to say about her #toread stack:

“Reading is my favorite thing to do. Period. I LOVE IT!

I love to mix-up my reading (though I typically read books in the order in which I buy them).  A classic novel here, non-fiction there, and a biography thrown in once and a while for good measure.  Right now, I am reading a fantastic book about micro finance efforts in developing nations called If I Had a Water Buffalo by Marilyn A. Fitzgerald, Phd. (a local author,  philanthropist and fellow Rotarian).  I plan on re-reading Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner because I am a fanatic about water policy and the evolution of the water crisis in the American West, additionally it is a great historical read (not many people expect that, but it is full of interesting historical facts/stories).  I decided to throw in a classic (Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier) and a book I have wanted to read for about 10 years but am just now getting around to (Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond).  Finally, I cannot wait to read And the Mountains Echoed by one of my favorite authors of all time Khaled Hosseini (author of Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns).  I am convinced that Hosseini’s books should be read by every person alive.”

Want to show us what you’re reading?: Post a picture of your #toread stack and use the hashtags #tadltoread and #fineprint.