So yeah, it’s the middle of autumn. But since we’re experiencing our now-standard late-October “peak summer” weather here in San Diego, it feels like as good a time as any for a quick update on my summer reading list.
I love the idea of “summer reading,” although it’s not something that I actually do. I don’t read any more during that particular quadrant of the year, and my selections don’t tend to get any breezier, which I suppose is because I don’t usually take my vacations in the summer. It’s really nice here during those months, and I’m not inclined to leave. And this summer in particular, I was totally consumed by the 10-week intensive course that I took on Health Literacy in Public Libraries, which was a ton of work, and 100% fascinating. But squeezed into the little spaces between work, school, and the rest of the stuff of life, I continue to make time every day for at least a little reading – in the summer, and always. Here’s what I squeezed in from June to August this year:
The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life, Katy Butler (2019)
Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Marathon Greatness, Scott Jurek (2012)
Educated: A Memoir, Tara Westover (2018)
Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers, Nick Offerman (2015)
The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, Melinda Gates (2019)
Older, Faster, Stronger: What Women Runners Can Teach Us All About Living Younger, Longer, Margaret Webb (2014)
Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals, Hal Herzog (2010)
Fiction – Adult
The Claw of the Conciliator (Vol. 2 in The Book of the New Sun), Gene Wolf (1982)
Radicalized: Four Tales of Our Present Moment, Cory Doctorow (2019)
The Shadow of the Torturer (Vol. 1 in The Book of the New Sun), Gene Wolf (1980)
Fiction – Children and Young Adult
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling (1998)
Does your reading have “seasons?” I loved seeing all of the summer reading programs for kids pop up in the libraries, and hope we’ll see that become a thing for adults, too.