The class of 2017 is nearly in place. The class of 2013 has graduated. The sun is shining. I love mid-May.
My work brain is busy reflecting on the year, planning for summer projects, updating publications. My summer vacation brain is hiring a dog walker, booking hotels for trips that don’t involve visiting high schools, ordering samples of backsplash (some day you may know what this is), and making my summer reading list. During school, summer reading was a bit of a rebellion; I thought of it as a time when I had complete control over what book I picked up and what book I passed over. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy the books I was assigned in my high school English classes or in college; I just like being the master of my reading domain.
The list is usually compiled of books I didn’t have time to get to during the fall travel season or books I didn’t pick up because I was too busy reading applications. Some are books recommended to me on Goodreads, that I hear about on NPR, from a friend, or from our applicants. It’s true: I keep track of books and authors referenced in applications that grab my attention. Sometimes they’re classics that never appeared on my high school or college syllabi and I think “how have I not read that?!?” Other times they are books and authors I’ve never heard of but sound too interesting to pass up. Here’s where I need from you: suggestions!
Here’s the list so far:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (this one is a re-read)
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan
The American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely
The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University by Kevin Roose
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl
Survival of the Sickest: The Surprising Connections Between Disease and Longevity by Sharon Moelam
Wolf Hall: A Novel by Hillary Mantel
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (I KNOW!)
What would you add to my summer reading?