Gini Dietrich

AMA: Best Holiday Weekend Reading Recommendations

By: Gini Dietrich | May 28, 2021 | 
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AMAWelcome back to another Ask Me Anything, which is a series where we talk to our friends, our viewers, and our community about all of their pressing needs, questions, wants, and desires.

Normally we would take a look at the mailbag for all of your burning questions, but it’s been scary quiet this week. I think everyone is starting their holiday weekend early…like a week early.

But never fear! There is always a question about which books to read, especially for a long weekend (for those of us in the U.S.) so that’s what we discuss today!

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AMA: Best Holiday Weekend Reading

Right now I am reading The Unwilling by John Hart. It was a Bill Dorman suggestion and it’s very good.

If you have The Kindest Lie on your list, it’s OK; not great.

The Forgotten Garden was great. It was a little slow going at the start and I was certain I had the ending figured out, but it surprised me.

The concept in The Survivors was interesting.

It’s based in Australia and that was interesting because you got to experience the Australian culture, but the story was pretty slow going.

One of the best books I’ve read in the last 12 months is The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah.

I love her, but if you don’t like her, skip it.

The Vanishing Half was crazy good! It was one of Obama’s favorite books of 2020 and I agree with him. It was great!

The Wife Upstairs was interesting and an easy read—a good holiday read—and the same for Pretty Little Wife.

I got The Midnight Library for Christmas and I loved it. I loved the concept of switching back and forth in time (I won’t say more so as not to ruin the plot for you). It was really good.

I also loved The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany. It had sort of a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants vibe.

And Recursion was also great.

AMA: Choosing Just One

That’s a lot for one weekend so if you have to choose just one, I’d probably do The Midnight Library, The Forgotten Garden, Recursion, or Four Winds.

If you want something super easy and carefree to read, pick up The Wife Upstairs or Pretty Little Wife.

Based on those recommendations, though, you’d think I’m looking for a manual on how to be a good wife.

I AM A GREAT WIFE! Just ask Mr. D!

(How he answers probably depends on the day—or even the hour, so maybe a “wife” manual is exactly what I need to read. 😂)

And! If you want to hang out in a Facebook group for readers like you and me, check out Girl and a Book Club.

It was started by Danny Brown and his MUCH BETTER half, Jaclyn, and I’ve found some great recommendations in there, as well as had some fun “book club” type conversations.

Tell them I sent you and that you’re nicer than me (it’s very important you say that part) and they’ll let you in.

If you’re looking for the best community of marketers and communicators on the internet and you’re not already part of the Spin Sucks Community, head over there and join us!

It’s free, it’s fun, it’s collaborative, and it’s exciting. We even talk about books there sometimes.

In the meantime, have a great holiday weekend, for those of you in the U.S., and a great weekend for everyone else!

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder, CEO, and author of Spin Sucks, host of the Spin Sucks podcast, and author of Spin Sucks (the book). She is the creator of the PESO Model and has crafted a certification for it in partnership with Syracuse University. She has run and grown an agency for the past 15 years. She is co-author of Marketing in the Round, co-host of Inside PR, and co-host of The Agency Leadership podcast.