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Months before the end of my spring semester of school, I was counting down for the day that I could start my summer reading. Summer is when I do the most of my reading for the year. Having days on end that I can dedicate, without guilt or fear of bad grades, to reading is my idea of heaven. This year I had one month between semesters to read as much as I want. The only problem is that summer semester starts Monday and my month of carefree reading is almost up. Too bad I was unable to read while I was sick. Oh well.
The start of summer semester isn’t going to stop me from trying to read as much as I want, though it will slow me down. I decided to still come up with a list of books I want to read this summer especially since the start of autumn isn’t until the end of September.
I dedicated this year to reading deliberately and it’s been a success. So I decided to keep going and read more books outside my comfort zone:
- non-fiction reads
- character-driven instead of plot-driven novels
- books by and about people of color
I’ve come up with a list that I’m pretty excited about.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon. You’ve probably seen this book featured a few times here. For some reason Chabon is one of those writers I’m really intimidated by. I’m determined to read Maps and Legends this summer.
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore. This book has been on my TBR list for a few months now. What made me decide that I really need to read it now was listening to the author discussing this book. It’s the non-fiction account of two men by the name of Wes Moore, growing up in the same city with similar backgrounds. One of the men becomes a Rhodes Scholar while the other ends up serving a life sentence for murder. The book is an exploration of the lives of both men.
Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins.
House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday.
Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to An American Massacre by Heather Cox Richardson. I found out about this book after browsing Powell’s Bookstore website and reading an essay Richardson wrote.
Satchel by Larry Tye. I bought this book when it was first published (last Father’s Day?) and I still haven’t read it. It’s time to change that.
Beloved by Toni Morrison.
Quicksand and Passing by Nella Larsen. I have no idea which novel I’m going to read by Larsen yet though I am learning towards Passing.
Flight by Sherman Alexie.
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robsinson. A character-driven book that was nominated for the Pulitzer.
Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolf. I love books about reading.
Random Family by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc. This is another book that’s been “sitting” on my virtual TBR pile for years. I decided to read this after reading Kim’s (Sophisticated Dorkiness) great review.
Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski. After reading so many positive reviews and comments about this book, I know I need to see what’s all the fuss is about.
A Summer of Hummingbirds: Love, Art, and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade by Christopher Benfey
Show and Tell: Exploring the Fine Art of Children’s Book Illustrations by Dilys Evans
From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children’s Books by Kathleen T. Horning
Lives on the Boundary: A Moving Account of the Struggles and Achievements of America’s Educationally Underprepared by Mike Rose
So that’s my list. It”s not counting the books I’m currently reading or review copies. It’s pretty ambitious but I might be able to handle it! Have you read anything on my list? Any recommendations? Do you have a summer reading list? If you do, what’s on your list? If you don’t, what books are you thinking of reading this summer?