I have always been a reader. I can remember staying up late at night just to read another chapter. I am guilty of not joining the dinner table for Thanksgiving because I wanted to read just one more chapter (or seven) of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Graduate school stifled my reading for fun a little bit, but I still devour novels like nobody’s business. Recent “victims:” the Hunger Games Trilogy; I traveled for some on campus interviews and read all three books in less than three days. Seriously – I know how to devour a book.
This is my (completely incomplete) summer reading list – in no particular order.
Pictured (from bottom):
- the two most recent issues of Runner’s World (to inspire me to hit the pavement again)
- Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson (to help me learn how to use my new camera)
- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (to feed my soul)
- Six Myths of Our Time by Marina Warner (to ignite my brain)
- The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman (a former Coe College FYE common reading book – to expand my worldview)
- Guyland by Michael Kimmel (a still unread gift from the lovely Kelly Giese – to better understand the men with whom I live and work)
- The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow (to finish it, if nothing else, because I started it)
(Not pictured because it was sitting on my desk at work and not at home: Social Media for Educators: Strategies and Best Practices by Tanya Joosten – to grow my understanding of this social media thing)
Also on my must read list right now:
- The Mid-Level Manager in Student Affairs: Strategies for Success by Larry Roper (to be better at my job)
- I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power and The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown (to better understand wholeheartedness, shame, and vulnerability and because I think she rocks)
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain (to learn to embrace quietness in myself and others)
- Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink (to gain insight into motivation)
- The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything by Steven Covey (to deepen my interpersonal skills)
It’s a lot – more than I will get to, I’m sure. But my brain will be happy!
What’s on your list?