Monday, April 17, 2017

Summer Reading

One of the best things you can do for your career as a college student is to become a reader. It doesn't really matter what you read—though quality helps—just reading something will keep your brain working.

When I taught at the University of Akron, they required all the freshmen to read the same book together over the summer. We don't do that at Ashland, but the Akron book selections are good ones. You can get these at any commercial bookstore and most public libraries.
  • The Soloist, by Steve Lopez
  • The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, by Wes Moore (That wasn't much of a surprise, was it?)
  • The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother, by James McBride
  • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich
Summer reading should be fun, and both the Harry Potter series and the Tolkien "Lord of the Rings" series fall into that category. My own recent reading list includes (in no particular order):
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed
  • How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else, by Michael Gates Gill
  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, by David Sedaris
  • Maus: A Survivor's Tale. I. My Father Bleeds History. II. And Here My Troubles Began, by Art Spiegelman
This last group is all available from both Barnes & Noble and Amazon. They're not expensive books either.

By the way, one of the best gadgets for the real reader is either the Barnes & Noble nook or the Amazon Kindle e-reader. (I prefer the nook.) The books are cheaper and you can carry a whole library in your pocket. Unfortunately, textbooks have been very slow to come to the e-reader world, but for general reading, they are great.