Summer Reading List 2020 🌞

Living from one Blursday to the next these past several months, summer snuck up on me this year.

I am grateful to a childhood friend for tagging me in a Facebook Favorite Books Challenge to spur me to action and listify my Summer Reading List 2020.

Similar to the FB Challenge, I present these titles without comment or reviews with the hope that curiosity will lead you to explore more.

First, a belated warm thank you to Sue Houchins, Professor of Africana at Bates College, who led my Freshman Seminar at Scripps College. I signed up for a course called Mythology, thinking it would be all Edith HamiltonΒ – familiar and easy. Instead Professor Houchins opened my eyes and heart (and kinda blew my mind) with a course built upon Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces and a reading list that included books I still have on my shelf:

Meridian – Alice Walker

The Song of Soloman – Toni Morrison

Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston

Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

It’s my wish that every student has a Sue Houchins in their life.

Facebook Favorite Books Challenge (a quirky selection of books I love)

100 Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A Gentleman in Moscow – Amar Towles

Creative Visualization – Skakti Gawain

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

Fire From the Mountain – Omar Cabezas

Franny B. Kranny There’s a Bird in Your Hair – Harriet Lerner

Girl in Translation – Jean Kwok

Jane Eyre – Charlotte BrontΓ«

JerusalemΒ – A Cookbook – Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi

Just Kids – Patti Smith

Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie

The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery

Mastering The Art of Soviet Cooking – Anya von Bremzen

Currently Reading, About to Read or Just Finished Reading

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living – Dale Carnegie

The Challenge – Rha Goddess

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k – Mark Manson

Acid for the Children – Flea

Becoming Duchess Goldblatt – Anonymous

The Automobile Club of Egypt – Alaa al Aswany

Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

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  • cathie boruch

    Hello ! My neighbor and friend Nicca Ray just released her book about her father famed film director,Nick Ray … entitled “Ray by Ray”

    also Duff Mc Cagens (guitarist Guns and Roses) books are always fun as well as his wife’s “The Velvet Rose ” for girls

    and John Strasberg ‘s Accidentally on purpose

    because people are moving out the city and leaving there books behind I’m excited to delve into several new titles and authors! Thank you for the blog and information :)

    • Barbara Abel

      These sound great, Cathie! Thanks for recommending x

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