A Plethora of Reading Lists

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Look for reading ideas? Library staff reveal what is on their summer reading lists.

Elisheva’s picks: 

“Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg. Lots of interesting stories about how to get motivated to accomplish something. Easy fast read.

“The Rainbow Comes and Goes” by Anderson Cooper and Gloria The Rainbow Comes and Goes book coverVanderbilt. Easy read, interesting conversation between Mother and Son, so open and intimate.

“When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi. Beautiful autobiography about life and what it means to be confronted with a terminal disease from the perspective of an physician and a patient himself. Very moving.

“Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up” by Marie Kondō. I want to read this to see if I finally get brave enough to “tidy” my house.

Renee’s picks:The Longest Ride book cover

I’m enjoying reading for fun! I always loved reading the Nicholas Sparks books, but while I was in school I couldn’t find time to read them along with my assigned texts. So, I’m catching up on those. I have read “The Best of Me” already, and now I’m working on “The Longest Ride.”

Nick’s picks: 

“Southwestern Pottery: Anasazi to Zuni” by Allan Hayes.

Mark’s picks:

Recently finished/Currently reading:

“Lord of the Flies” by William Golding. I listened to this recently on CD, Lord of the Flies book coverand it was read by the author. Excellent!

“A Storm of Swords” by George R.R. Martin. I’m about finished with the 3rd book in the “Song of Ice and Fire” series (a.k.a. “Game of Thrones”) by George R.R. Martin. Awesome!

Plan to start soon:

“A Feast for Crows” by George R.R. Martin

“Brooklyn” by Colm Toibin

“Room” by Emma Donoghue

Melanie’s picks:

“The Chocolate Cat Caper: A Chocoholic Mystery” by Joanna Carl. A simple The Chocolate Cat Caper book coverand easy mystery.

“Overload: How to Unplug, Unwind, and Unleash Yourself From the Pressure of Stress” by Joyce Meyer. Informational book on how to deal with daily pressure to help everyone and get everything done.

“O Great One!: A Little Story About the Awesome Power of Recognition” by David Novak & Christa Bourg. A story about acknowledging the valuable contributions of employees.

“The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months” by Brian P. Moran. An interesting look at setting goals in a shorter time period to achieve what you want in your life.

Bryan’s picks:

“Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order” by Noam Chomsky.Profit Over People book cover I have never been one to indulge on politics, however I wanted to take a breath of new ideas through the Father of Modern Linguistics to perhaps find a medium where I can confidently analyze the ever-changing environment.

“Huck’s Raft: A History of American Childhood” by Steven Mintz. In a diverse world of culture, logic and tradition, subtle developments in the becoming of “children” to “adulthood” is often dismissed from open discussion — as is the the contemporary belief to be sensitive of personal affective reasonings with others.

Susan’s picks:The Wright Brothers book covers

“The Wright Brothers” by David McCollough.

“The Weekenders” by Mary Kay Andrews.

So what’s on your reading list this summer? Share in the comments!