As a college professor, I enjoy my “time off” in the summer – or, rather, my time to actually get some work done that doesn’t involve grading papers and going to meetings. I enjoy the slower pace, warmer weather, and Farmers Market veggies as I revise articles and read for upcoming classes. I also love digging into the stack of books that I haven’t had time to read during the busy school year.
I’m back to full-time meetings tomorrow, so I thought I’d compile a list of what I read this summer. (These and countless issues of Runner’s World, Cooking Light, Entertainment Weekly, and O Magazine, of course…I can’t be a smarty pants ALL the time!).
What was on your summer reading list? Any favorites to pass along for me to add to my NEXT stack of “time off” reading?
- Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard, Laura Bates
- Girls I Know, Douglas Trevor
- Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, Michael Pollan
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
- Sweet Valley Confidential, Francine Pascal (Don’t judge. I read this on the train the night before my ½ marathon…it relaxed me J)
- The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, Deepak Chopra and David Simon
- What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir, Haruki Murakami
- The End of Your Life Book Club, Will Schwalbe
- Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table, Shauna Niequist
And, I re-read some favorites:
- The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (for a summer independent study with a student about Gatsby on film)
- Running With the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind, Sakyong Mipham
- Orange is the New Black, Piper Kerman (read this one again as the new Netflix show became popular…the book is always better)
Quite an impressive list! I really liked Eleanor & Park (as you know!), and I have yet to write a post about a novel I read earlier this year called The Home-Maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher. Such a wonderful novel. Also The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt was excellent…
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