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Bookstr’s Three to Read for This Week 9/24

Monday always seems to come around too quickly, doesn’t it? Thankfully, that means we are back, too, and we’re bringing with us three great books for you to read this week. If you’re unsure about what book to pick up next, hopefully, this list will help you choose!


This week, our Hot Pick is the novel on the tip of everybody’s tongue is Sean Parnell’s thriller Man of War. Our Coffee Shop Read, perfect for a cozy Autumn day in a coffee shop is The Artisan Heart by Dean Mays, and our Dark Horse, one you may not have added to your reading list yet, but definitely should, is 


Our Hot Pick


Man of War by Sean Parnell 


Image Via Goodreads

Image Via Goodreads




The New York Times bestselling author of Outlaw Platoon makes his fiction debut with this electrifying military thriller—a gripping tale of action, suspense, and international intrigue that introduces a compelling new hero, Eric Steele.

Eric Steele is the best of the best—an Alpha—an elite clandestine operative assigned to a US intelligence unit known simply as the “Program.” A superbly trained Special Forces soldier who served several tours fighting radical Islamic militants in Afghanistan, Steele now operates under the radar, using a deadly combination of espionage and brute strength to root out his enemies and neutralize them.

But when a man from Steele’s past attacks a military convoy and steals a nuclear weapon, Steele and his superiors at the White House are blindsided. Moving from Washington, DC, to the Middle East, Europe, and Africa, Steele must use his considerable skills to hunt this rogue agent, a former brother-in-arms who might have been a friend, and find the WMD before it can reach the United States—and the world is forever changed.




Sean Parnell counts the likes of Lee Child among his fans. Child is quoted as calling Man of War “Fast, hard, and effortlessly authentic”, saying “both lead character Eric Steele and author Sean Parnell are the real deal.” High praise indeed! Brad Thor has also endorsed the book saying Parnell “has knocked it out of the park” with his “exciting, action-packed debut! Bristling with intrigue, deceit, power, and treason—once you pick this book up, you will NOT be able to put it down.” 


The thrill of this book is its setting and authenticity, and Parnell’s military expertise didn’t come from nowhere. According to his website, “he is a former U.S. Army airborne ranger who served in the legendary 10th Mountain Division for six years, retiring as a captain. He received two Bronze Stars (one for valor) and the Purple Heart.”


Coffee Shop Read 

The Artisan Heart by Dean Mayes


Enter to win a copy of The Artisan Heart here!


Images Via Amazon and Goodreads

Images Via Amazon and Goodreads 




Hayden Luschcombe is a brilliant paediatrician living in Adelaide with his wife Bernadette, an ambitious event planner. His life consists of soul-wrenching days at the hospital and tedious evenings attending the lavish parties organized by Bernadette.

When an act of betrayal coincides with a traumatic confrontation, Hayden flees Adelaide, his life in ruins. His destination is Walhalla, nestled in Australia’s southern mountains, where he finds his childhood home falling apart. With nothing to return to, he stays, and begins to pick up the pieces of his life by fixing up the house his parents left behind.

A chance encounter with a precocious and deaf young girl introduces Hayden to Isabelle Sampi, a struggling artisan baker. While single-handedly raising her daughter, and trying to resurrect a bakery, Isabelle has no time for matters of the heart. Yet the presence of the handsome doctor challenges her resolve. Likewise, Hayden, protective of his own fractured heart, finds something in Isabelle that awakens dormant feelings of his own.

As their attraction grows, and the past threatens their chance at happiness, both Hayden and Isabelle will have to confront long-buried truths if they are ever to embrace a future.




This is an absolutely charming novel by Mayes, an intensive care nurse and award winning Australian author. His previous novel Gifts of the Peramangk was nominated for the 2014 EPIC Awards for Contemporary Fiction. Dean did a wonderful Facebook Live with us last week where he talked about his fascinating career as intensive care nurse and author, his love for Australia and the responsibility he feels to explore its difficult history and cruel treatment of the indigenous community. We loved speaking with him, about all this and his brilliant new book. Enter to win a copy here





Our Dark Horse

Bring Your Human to Work by Erica Keswin


Image Via Amazon and Goodreads

Image Via Amazon and Goodreads




The secret to business success? Get REAL and be HUMAN!

As human beings, we are built to connect and form relationships. So, it should be no surprise that relationships must also translate into the workplace, where we spend most of our time! Companies that recognize this will retain the most productive, creative, and loyal employees, and invariably seize the competitive edge.

The most successful leaders are those who actively form quality relationships with their employees, who honor fundamental human qualities—authenticity, openness, and basic politeness—and apply them day in and day out. Paying attention and genuinely caring about the effects people have on one another other is key to developing a winning culture where people perform at the top of their game and want to work.

As a workplace strategist and business coach, Erica Keswin has spent over 20 years working with top business leaders and executives to build successful organizations that honor relationships. Featuring case studies from top brands such as, Lyft, Starbucks, Mogul, and SoulCycle, to name a few, Bring Your Human to Work distills the key practices of the most human companies into applicable advice that any business leader can use to build a “human workplace.” These building blocks include:

•Understanding your company’s role in the world, beyond financial profit

•Encouraging employees to be healthy in body and spirit

•Running your meetings with clear purpose

•Making space for face-to-face interaction

•Building professional development into company culture

•Inspiring your workforce to give back to the community

•Simply saying “thank you”

A human company is real, genuine, aligned, and true to itself. A real company flaunts its humanity, instead of hiding it. It’s what the most successful, sustainable companies are doing today, and there’s no reason yours can’t be the same.

Keswin’s leadership lessons foster fairness, devotion, and joy in the workplace—all critical elements of a successful business. By bringing your human to work, you can design a workplace that is good for people, great for business, and just might change the world.




Katie Couric, journalist and bestselling author, says “Erica Keswin’s heart-felt, accessible, well-researched book, Bring Your Human to Work is what we’ve all been waiting for [because] we are all trying to figure out how to create a workplace that’s inclusive, meaningful, and inspires the kind of creativity that leads to innovation.” And Katie Couric is the only high-profile fan of Erica Keswin. If you’re an avid HuffPost reader, Arianna Huffington loves Bring Your Human to Work. “When people thrive, business thrives. And that’s why companies that prioritize employee well-being will win the future. In Bring Your Human to Work, Erica Keswin shares the science and the stories of companies that get it right. If you want to build a thriving workforce, this book is for you.”


Erica Keswin did a wonderful Facebook Live with us where she explain how she used , what Derek Irvine, Vice President, Strategy and Consulting, Globoforce, calls “relatable real-world examples to uncover how working human is essential to both honoring relationships and helping employees feel happier and more fulfilled in the work they do each day.” Check it out below!