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    August 02, 2023 | Posted by: Felicia Needles


    The PHM Book Club: A Home for Readers

    Felicia Needles, Supervisor, Video Investment

    At PHM, we’re about more than our work. Our people are athletes, music enthusiasts, bookworms and more—and they share these interests and experiences with each other through groups and discussions. One of these groups is the PHM Book Club, our home for readers.

    I have always been an avid reader but had fallen out of my reading habit in recent years. About a year ago, I decided to pick up reading again, but always found myself gravitating towards the same genre of books. When I heard PHM was starting a Book Club, I was excited to join in hopes of broadening my horizons.

    Since joining, we’ve read books across many genres, including mystery, thriller, young adult and historical fiction. I love that the PHM Book Club has helped me step out of my comfort zone when it comes to reading. In fact, two of my favorite books that I’ve read in the past year were books that we read for Book Club: RazorbIade Tears by S.A. Cosby and The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. I would’ve never considered reading these books if it weren’t for the recommendation from the other members.  

    Not only has Book Club enabled me to read new and interesting books, it has also provided a space to build connections with so many people across the agency. As a fully remote employee, I was primarily only interacting with my teammates on work related topics. Now, I get the opportunity to meet so many people across the agency and fully immerse myself in PHM’s Culture.

    Our book discussions have sparked truly meaningful conversations about subjects like love, family, overcoming hardships and much more, which allows everyone to get to know one another on a more personal level outside of work. We also have a dedicated Book Club Microsoft Teams Chat where members are always sharing their most recent reads, and I’ve been sure to add some of the recommendations to my never ending “to be read” list. Through Book Club, I’ve been able to meet new people, build new friendships and read some great books!

    Here is a list of all of the books we’ve read so far, feel free to read along with us:

    Anxious People by Fredik Backman

    This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub

    The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

    Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby

    The Family Game by Catherine Steadman

    The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

    The It Girl by Ruth Ware

    The Measure by Nikki Erlick

    Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian

    Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

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