Summer Reading List 2020 ?

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 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