Crisp Experiences: D.E.A.R. Day

D.E.A.R. Day is celebrated every year on April 12th. It is also the birthday of popular author, Beverly Cleary. This day is celebrated to encourage people of all ages to take time each day or even an entire day to enjoy reading alone or with others.

We asked everyone in the Crisp office to tell us a bit about their favorite book, what they are currently reading, or the last thing that they read.


City of Thieves by David Benioff is my favorite book. City of Thieves is a 2008 historical fiction novel. It is, in part, a coming-of-age story set in the World War II Siege of Leningrad. It follows the adventures of two young men as they desperately search for a dozen eggs at the behest of a Soviet NKVD officer, a task which takes them far behind enemy lines. This book is amazing because Benioff sheds light and humor into one of the darkest periods in history, and proves that bonds can be made by the most unlikely of friends.”

-Jake Call, Lead UX Designer

“I’m reading two books at the moment. The first is one I’ve been working through for several weeks is Jane Kenyon’s Collected Poems. The second one is Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential. Bourdain’s reverence for food has helped me become more experimental in the kitchen, especially with international cuisine. Because of him, I’ve cooked chicken tikka masala, gyoza, and a thai spiced rice bowl in the past several months. I’m happy to say that most of the recipes have been successful and delicious.”

-Kayla Pearce, Content Developer

“My favorite book would probably be A Brief History of Time by Stephan Hawking. I’ve always loved thinking about the universe, and this book explores scientific discoveries that have lead us to our current understanding of it.”

-Hayley Tillery, Lead UI Designer

“I am currently reading Good Omens by Neil Gaiman. It’s been in my TBR stack for a while, but I finally started it once Amazon announced that they were going to do a show based on the book. So far, I love it!”

-Hannah Verret, Content Developer

“The book that I am currently reading is called You are a Badass. This book has really helped me embrace my inner confidence to take on the world and venture out into things I’m passionate about without having the overwhelming fear of failing.”

-Kattie Ness, Sales Development Rep

“One of my favorite books is Death by a Black Hole by Neil Degrasse Tyson. The universe has always enthralled me and this book does an excellent job at explaining the mind-blowing phenomena that the universe constantly gives us. Although this book contains numerous gems of knowledge, you don’t feel weighed down as you’re reading it so you leave feeling full and informed instead of with a headache. I always bring it with me whenever I’m flying.”

-Lawrence Shaw, Multi-media Specialist

“I’m not a huge reader. I’ve just always been so active, I never sit down to put my mind into a book on a consistent basis. However, from my years of reading, my favorite is easily the Odyssey and The Iliad. I also enjoyed Dante’s Inferno. Outside of that, I’ve read more poetry than anything, but I’ve always been partial to the witty-style or more comedic poetry.”

-Jason Harmon, Senior Marketing Coordinator and Content Director

“I’m guilty of reading multiple books simultaneously, so that I always have a book to fit my mood (very Rory Gilmore of me). Right now I’m reading The Woman Destroyed by Simone de Beauvoir, The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes, and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin.

The last book I finished was The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn.”

-Allison Droke Erickson, CRM Manager

“I am currently reading 8 Attributes of Great Achiever an amazingly insightful read into the minds of the most successful people in world history. Including, Ghandi, Abe Lincoln, Ben Franklin, etc.”

-Devan Dillard, Digital Marketing Strategist

“Most of my recent reads have been sports-related articles. I generally do not enjoy getting my sports news through television. There are some fantastic local and national sports writers that I habitually read for daily sports news. In my opinion, sports writers and sports radio hosts are more entertaining and informative than television hosts.”

-Billy Wilson, Media Buyer

“I recently read the memoir Educated by Tara Westover. Westover overcame an insulated and sometimes abusive childhood on a mountain in Idaho — where she received no formal education at all — to move out, attend college and graduate school, and become a scholar.

I fell in love with her writing and was inspired by what she went through in order to move out of the situation she was in. We’re all defined by our families and upbringing in a sense, but this book really makes you think about questioning deep-seated thoughts and beliefs that might not be right or true. It speaks to the importance of education, and also listening to yourself and trusting your own intuition.

Although experiences growing up in her family were harrowing and later made her question everything she believed in, Westover gained an unsurpassed emotional and physical strength that she’ll always have, no matter where her journey takes her.”

-Joan Biddle, Senior Content Developer

“My girls are asking me the same question almost every single day, “May we have a dog?” So I decided to read a book A Dog’s Purpose. A dog is born, lives a short life, and is surprised to find he is reborn! With each new life, he believes he has served his purpose and will be allowed to rest, but he is reborn 6 times before he’s allowed to finally rest. Throughout his lives, the dog learns lessons that allow him to find the first person and then another, and to help them better their lives… Though it might sound like a sweet story, it makes your heart cry when you read it.”

-Aleksandra Kirievskaya, Junior Web Developer

Hannah Verret
Hannah Verret is a Content Developer at Crisp Marketing in Memphis, TN. Hannah has been working in content creation throughout her entire adult career. When Hannah isn't writing or organizing social media posts, she's spending her time reading and loving on her many pets.

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