Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Well, it's Tuesday, and I had every intention of updating this blog today with my first random post of my choosing about a topic having to do with Literature. Only problem is, I didn't research my topic, and then I realized while looking over my class schedule that having regularly scheduled posts on Wednesdays actually works better for me. So no "real" post for today.

But, I decided that doesn't mean I can't make a general post about myself (and books). So to the small, pitiful number of you who actually read this, here's a post:

I (mentally) went through my summer reading list, and decided to compile it in a Word Document. I'm not sure if it's entirely complete (I'm not in my apartment or near my bookshelf right now, so I might be missing some titles). But, here's the list so far (compiled alphabetically by author's last name):

The Environmental Justice Reader: Politics, Poetics, and Pedagogy, Joni Adamson, et al

Catherine and Other Works, Jane Austen

Lady Susan, Sandition, and Letters, Jane Austen

Mansfield Park, Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen

Persuasion, Jane Austen

Those Who Save Us, Jenna Blum

35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say, Maura Cullen

Youth-Led Community Organizing: Theory and Action, Marvin Delgado and Lee Staples

What is the What, Dave Eggers

Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power, Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti**

Pedagogy of Hope: Reliving Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire

Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire

Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell

The Autobiography of Malcom X, Alex Haley and Malcom X

Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy

Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard, Chip and Dan Heath

A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving

What Happened to You?: Writing by Disabled Women, Lois Keith

The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver

The Student Leadership Challenge, James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

Lies My Teacher Told Me, James W. Loewen*

100 Years of Solitude, Gabriel GarcĂ­a Marquez

The Road, Cormac McCarthy

The Resident Assistant’s Survival Guide, Karl Pillemer, et al

Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris

Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis, Vandana Shiva

 “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”, Beverly Daniel Tatum

The Ascent of a Leader, Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, and Ken McElrath

The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement, Jean M. Twenge & W. Keith Campbell

Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism, Cornel West

Hope on a Tightrope: Words and Wisdom, Cornel West

*Saturday’s Book Review – get excited!

**I have already read this, but it’s review probably won’t come for a while…

A few of these I've read before, but am really interested in re-reading again because I enjoyed them the first time around. Many of these are "professional development" books - books I bought because in some way, I thought they could help me in my current profession (plus, I was given the funds to buy them, and I love buying books!).  Safe to say, it's a pretty eclectic mix.

Ideally, I want to switch back and forth each week from novel to non-fiction, but we'll see how that goes.  Anyway, so far, 4 of 33 which isn't...bad, I suppose. I have a long way to go, but hey, I have nothing to do all summer.

If anyone reading has recommendations for books I absolutely have to read, please, let me know. In the meantime, I'll be working through these (and a few others, because I know I've forgotten some...).

AVB, out.


  1. David Sedaris so much fun! I saw him speak at Centennial Hall, he actually autographed my copy of Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim :) The Poisonwood Bible started out kind of boring, but do persevere: it was surprisingly touching and became one of my favorite books in 2007. Have read any of Gladwell's others? I highly recommend Blink. I've yet to read Outliers--a few reviews said he was regurgitating research findings so I bypassed it in favor of other, more pressing books. And Eggers, yes! Have you read any of his already?

  2. I'm excited about Sedaris - I've heard only good things. I also have not read Gladwell, but Outliers came recommended, so I thought why not? I also have not read Eggers, but Chris was the one who recommended him to me!

    Thanks for reading - and commenting! :)