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 Hamilton – 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 Brontë
Jerusalem – 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