At Allen & Shariff, we work hard. We also know how important it is to recharge. If you’re heading to the beach or to a much-needed vacation this summer, there’s no better time to relax and read a good book. So we asked our staff across all our locations for their top recommendations on what to read at the beach. Here’s what they recommended, all with links direct to Amazon so you can grab anything that piques your interest. Happy reading!

The Rock of Tanios

Submitted by: Ahmad Hachicho

Office location: Dubai

Why I recommend it: One surefire way to find a new read is to delve into the vast library of translations. “The books I am currently reading are in Arabic (translated from French) from award-winning Lebanese author Amin Maalouf, however [they] can be found in English as well,” writes Ahmad Hachicho of his recommendations. The Rock of Tanios, which won the Prix Goncourt in 1993, follows the shifting alliances and power struggles that result from the murder of a patriarch.


Operation Red Wings

Submitted by: Aaron DeSantis

Office location: Zelionople

Why I recommend it: The movie Lone Survivor, which came out in 2013, is based off of this book. The reason I would recommend it is because it shows the courage and ‘never give up’ mentality of our military men and women. Also, since it is an account of a real operation that took place, you feel more engaged while reading it.”


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