As the days get shorter and the nights get cozier, what better way to take advantage of winter than to crack open a delicious book. We’ve discovered our staff is not only fanatical about exercise, but we’re also ravenous for a good read.

Here’s a peek at some of our all-time favorite books, and what books have had us head-first, submerged in the deep end, of late.


Our Gritty Babe, Holly, and instructor Alex, just finished You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero and both “LOVED IT.”


Next on Alex’s list is Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert.


Our returning superstar instructor, Cassie, fell deep for the fictional re-telling of the Charles Manson story in “The Girls” by Emma Cline. This is a great pick if you’re wanting to escape to warmer weather as  it takes place during the hot summer of 1969.


When she’s not teaching, Katie is in the fetal position reading “The Association of Small Bombs” by Karan Mahajan. A novel about just how many people are impacted {the ones we never even think of} by terrorists.


Gritty Babe, Abby, is undertaking the 950 page, epic masterpiece, “Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts. A love letter to the city of Bombay, Shantaram delivers in beauty, narrative, and magic.


For the more sardonic literature fan, one must read “Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal” by Christopher Moore. Dani puts this as one of her top favorite books; Christopher Moore is hilarious, witty, and spot-on with his satire. This novel re-imagining Christ’s life according to his best friend “Biff” does not dissatisfy.


Newest Gritty Babe, Zoe,  just finished “China Rich Girlfriend” by Kevin Kwan…”pure fluff for the airplane” she says. But she’s moved on to the classic, tear-jerker, “The Hundred Secret Senses” by Amy Tan.


In between teaching and middle-of-the-night feedings for her newborn, new mom and instructor, Chelsea seems to also have the time to get some major reading in. She just the finished best-selling, and soon to be a major motion picture, thriller, “In a Dark, Dark Wood” by Ruth Ware. Chelsea is already on to Ruth Ware’s next gripping read: “The Woman in Cabin 10.”


All of these fantastic books to read, and so little time? It make us want to call in sick for the rest of the year to get cracking on these titles.

What about you Gritties?

Are you, too, reading something yummy that you can share with us?

We LOVE hearing from you and your comments. So fess up!

What’s on your nightstand these days?

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