Summer Reading

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)