Summer recommendations

Reading and Watching: Summer Recommendations!

Today is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of 2022, and the first day of summer. Here in Southern Illinois, “the heat is on.” And what better time to update your reading and watching lists!

There’s nothing better than sitting by the pool or the beach with a juicy novel or an interesting biography. Unless it’s couch surfing with a beer and a great new series to binge! Summer is a terrific time to switch things up. Read something new or watch a program or movie you wouldn’t typically watch.

Here at AM Transport Services, we’ve got an avid group of readers, as well as film and television connoisseurs. So if you’re looking for something new, look no further. We’ve got some great ideas for you!

Jakob Boulb:  This weekend I watched a mini series that is a spinoff of Letterkenny. It is called Shoresy. Shoresy is one of the most loved characters in Letterkenny, so they made a spinoff of his life after joining a senior AAA hockey team in Sudbury.

Kelsie Barnes: Books: The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose (suspense) and Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist (self-help). Movies: The Lost City. TV: Anatomy of a Scandal.

Derek Walker: I’m a big Susan Cain fan, so Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole is number one on my list.

Michael McKinney: Books: The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Life by Boyd Varty, Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference by William McCaskill, and Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey. And I highly recommend the new Top Gun: Maverick movie. It was really fun, and my kids really enjoyed it.

David Abell: No one wants to hear about the boring business books I read, so I’ll share some other content! I spent a lot of time on airplanes the last few months, so I binged TV a little more than usual. Here are a few of my favorites: Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty on HBO, Ted Lasso on Apple TV, We Own This City on HBO, Mayor of Kingstown on Paramount+, and Ozark on Netflix.  I also recommend a couple of podcasts: The James Altucher Show, and Barbell Shrugged.

Carson Scherer: I an watching The 100 on Netflix. Not sure how I feel about it yet. I do plan to finish it out though.

Colby Shawver: I plan on watching Stranger Things Season 4, and reading Endure by Cameron Hanes.

Adam Neil: Movies: Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, and Snatch. Books: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller.

Rhonda Hazel: Movie: The Lost City

Erik Jensen: The book, Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution by Mike Duncan.

Sutton Dunn: TV shows: I’m currently watching Succession and Stranger Things Season 4. I want to start Better Call Saul. Movies: My favorites so far in 2022 are The Batman and The Northman, and I want to see Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Books: I have not read a book since reading Harry Potter my freshman year of high school.

Bridgett Jensen: For fun, suspenseful beach reading I recommend The Guest List by Lucy Foley–it’s a mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end. If you’re into nonfiction, The Kissing Bug by Daisy Hernandez is excellent as is This Is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan. If you like graphic novels and memoirs, The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth  by Ken Krimstein is a graphic rendering of Hannah Arendt’s life. It’s so good and relevant. If you love essays like I do, you don’t want to miss Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives by Mary Laura Philpott.

We hope you enjoy these recommendations! If you have any to share with us, please email me at I’d love to know what you are reading or watching this summer!