Reading in the summer after college

You’ve graduated from college with an English major. The summer is ahead of you. What do you read now that your are in charge of the reading list. I asked some 2015 Southern Oregon University grads what they are reading this summer:

Tim Molony is reading The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris (philosophy) and Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (Fiction).

Shiloh Harrelson is listening to The Paper Moon by Andrea Camilleri and narrated by Grover Gardner and is reading 100 Years of Solitude and the manuscript for After This: When Life is Over Where Do We Go? by Claire Bidwell Smith.

River Marie Hardy is reading The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman, The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman and Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

Jason Trujillo is reading To Kill a Mockingbird, Before They are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie, and The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum and listening to Jurassic Park on audio book.

Alyssa McPartland
is going to read The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier, Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson, and The Secret History by Donna Tartt.

Rio Picollo is reading Fiction: The Handmaid’s Tale, Love in the Time of Cholera, and Foucault’s Pendulum (“cus I’m pretentious”) The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker and Language and Mind by Noam Chomsky and is rereading the The Sandman series by Neil Gainman

Adrienne Baudry is reading The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker, Flowers for Algernon, and Great Expectations and some “junk food” fiction.

Aaryn Exparza is reading The Sociology of Education (for the MAT program) and Love: A Misadventure by Lang Leav.

Angelica Crimmins is reading Important comics by Dina Kelberman, A New Language for Falling Out of Love by Meghan Privitello, Pippi Magazine and this beast:

photo by Angelica Crimmins

Patrick Arthur is reading If How-To’s Were Enough We Would All Be Skinny, Rich, And Happy! by Brian Klemmer (“It’s a goofy title but a good read.”)

Amanda Murphy is reading Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living by Nick Offerman, The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester, and Why Sex Matters by Bobbie S. Low.

Colin Cardwell is reading The Count of Monte Cristo.

Alexandria Russell is reading The Rift by Andrea Cremer.

Moses Hardin is reading Ten Great Mysteries of Edgar Allan Poe.

Elizabeth Leydsman is reading A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin and Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel and rereading Jurassic Park with her husband.

Enjoy your quiz-free summer reading.

About Ed Battistella

Edwin Battistella’s latest book Dangerous Crooked Scoundrels was released by Oxford University Press in March of 2020.
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