July 14, 2016

Beach Reads: What Our Real Estate Clients Are Reading

I recently made a mad dash to Ocean City, MD for the weekend and forgot to grab a book for the beach. Left with no reading material other than the Internet (a la my iPhone), I stumbled on the DC Bisnow article 15 Lawyers Recommend Their Summer Reads. This gave me some reading inspiration for the rest of the summer, and also got me wondering what books made our clients’ summer reading lists. Take a look at what some of our real estate clients are reading this summer – aside from emails!


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Miti Figueredo, Vice President of Entitlement & Planning at The Chevy Chase Land Company, has her eye on a beach chair on Marco Island in her native Florida, complete with Alan Furst’s A Hero of France. Miti is starting the historical thriller on the heels of her most recent read The Sport of Kings by C.E Morgan, which “wasn’t a light summer read at all, but it was excellent!” Although Miti prefers historical fiction and thrillers to literary fiction, she praised the author for her in-depth look at both the horse racing world and the United States’ struggle with racism and violence, touting the book as having “some of the best writing I’ve read since Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch.”


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Fresh from Ocean City, Trammell Crow Company Marketing Specialist Courtney Nolan just finished reading The Nightingale (she can’t recommend it enough!) by Kristin Hannah, which takes place in Nazi-occupied France. Although Courtney enjoys reading different authors, she always gravitates towards stories that are both historical and have a touch of romance. “My grandparents met and fell in love while serving in WWII, (albeit in Manila, not Europe…literally can’t make this love story up!) so I’m always intrigued by books that have both romance and historical elements. I like to think of it as a way of connecting with them in some way – although, nothing can replace their stories from the 40s.”


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“Anything by Michael Crichton or James Rollins” is the summer reading mantra for Lauren Malik of Brambleton Group. The Creative Marketing Designer is a self-proclaimed equal-opportunity reader with a soft spot for sci-fi-thriller novels. “I really enjoy how both Michael Crichton and James Rollins blend a mix of science, technology and historical significance into a fast-paced read.” Lauren recently took a break from her tried and true authors to read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Next up for Lauren this summer is celebrating the centennial of The National Park Service (#findyourpark), perhaps with some all-time favorites like The Poisonwood Bible and The Kite Runner.


As for myself (Account Manager), I am revisiting Wild by Cheryl Strayed, the memoir of a woman who decided to press the reset button on her life and impulsively took on a 1,000-mile hike from The Mojave Desert through Washington State alone. I first read this book last year when I decided to move back to the D.C. area after several years in New York. In addition to giving me a motivational booster shot (if she can hike 1,000 miles alone, I can pack a U-Haul and move a whopping 4 hours), it also sparked my interest in more adventurous trips outside of my beloved beach vacations. This summer, my friends and I are packing up our camping gear and going rogue in Alaska.

What do you recommend reading this summer?