Behind the Scenes at REACH: Summer Edition

The REACH team has been enjoying the sunshine this summer! Summertime welcomes the opportunity to catch up on all the things you miss throughout the year. For us, that means reading, watching, and listening to our favorite things. Here’s a look into what our REACHers have been up to this summer. We hope you’ll find inspiration for your next read or binge-watching session!


Reading: I have been on a thriller kick for a while now and I was lucky enough to have a colleague give me a book by Ruth Ware, Zero Days – which she highly recommends! I just started it and am hooked!

Watching: Currently, my husband and I are hooked on watching the last season of Married at First Sight. Yes, it‘s a guilty pleasure.

Listening: I listen to a lot of different music so instead I will share my favorite podcast, My Favorite Murder. If you aren’t into true crime, this isn’t the podcast for you!


This summer, I want to read Stephen King’s Fairy Tale, although I haven’t gotten to it yet! It’s described by Amazon as “dark fantasy” (not horror). They call it a “spellbinding novel about a seventeen-year-old boy who inherits the keys to a parallel world where good and evil are at war.” Looking forward to it!


Reading: The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu

Watching: The Foundation

Listening: Ashnikko


Reading: American Gods

Watching: The Sopranos and Succession

Listening: Noah Kahan


Reading: “Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee” by Casey Cep. Set in Alabama, the true crime story involves a rural preacher accused of killing five of his family members for insurance. The trial was attended by “To Kill a Mockingbird’s” author who was researching the case as the subject of a book that she meticulously noted but never completed.

Watching: We’re late to the game, but “The Bear” on Hulu is our latest binge. As foodies, the prep and cooking scenes are mesmerizing!

Listening: I have VERY eclectic music tastes – right now it’s 60s and 70s soul (Earth, Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder, Sam and Dave, George Benson, Aretha), with a sprinkling of the “Barbie” soundtrack and Brandi Carlisle for good measure.


Watching: Limitless w/Chris Hemsworth

Listening: Tony Bennett recordings & interviews (he just passed at age 96), The Retrievals (per Lisa’s reco), Fresh Air and This American Life during my weekend getaway car rides.


Reading: Throne of Glass

Watching: The Summer I Turned Pretty, Only Murderers in the Building, Love Island 

Listening: Zach Bryan, Tyler Childers, Ocean Alley, Parcels 


Reading: Atomic Habits

Watching: Any old dumb funny famly movie from Netflix, most recently Uncle Buck

Listening: Taylor Swift. Wonder why?


Reading: Hidden Figures

Watching: Nothing really; latest was Bridgerton

Listening: I’ve been listening to a lot of Chopin while I work recently. Favorite composer by far


Reading: I only read children’s books

Watching: Catching up on last Fall’s season of Law & Order SVU

Listening: “Peaches” by Jack Black, all things Taylor Swift, and Katy Perry “Roar” (these are on repeat every. single. day.)


Reading: The Rose of Shanghai

Watching: The Diplomat

Listening: Miles Davis Greatest Hits


Reading: The 12 Week Year and The House Across the Lake

Watching: Cruel Summer and The Summer I Turned Pretty

Listening: 90’s R&B mix on Spotify


Reading: Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman, a prequel to Practical Magic

Watching: The final episodes of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Listening: Unfortunately the radio while driving – my new-to-me Jeep doesn’t have bluetooth (yet!)


Reading: Wikipedia articles on random people, places, events, and things

Watching: Whatever YouTube’s front page suggests to me

Listening: Brent Mason’s catalog as a session guitarist