Jane’s Summer Reading

As of Monday, my summer classes are over! That means it’s time to get serious about reading. (That’s probably not how it’s supposed to work…)

Anyway, I decided I wanted to read 15 books this summer. (I picked the number 15 for no other reason than if I don’t set a numerical goal, I won’t read anything at all.)

Being at Holden Village for a week helped me take a huge bite out of my list. Check me out…


I know you are judging me, but Diary of a Wimpy kid is hilarious. Seriously. Read it.

My plan is to fill the remaining nine spots with the following:

Catch 22 (Joseph Heller)- This is a leftover from last summer. I’m almost exactly halfway through it, but I’m afraid I’m going to have to start over, because I don’t remember anything about the first twenty chapters and it’s hard enough to follow when you DO know what’s going on.

Shop Class as Soulcraft (Matthew Crawford)- I have half of this book finished, as well. Last summer, I moved it from the reading room of the library to my office (which is also in the library) and have been sloooowly chipping away at it all year. When I took it to the circulation desk to officially check it out, the librarian told me it had been missing and she has been looking everywhere for it for months. Oops.

100 Things Steelers Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die (Matt Loede)- Would it be TMI to say that this is my toilet book? Anybody want to borrow it when I’m done?!

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert Pirsig)- Don’t know anything about it other than it comes highly recommended and it has reaaaaally tiny print.

The Handmade Marketplace (Kari Chapin)- A how-to on selling crafts.

Anne of Green Gables (Lucy Maud Montgomery)
Anne of Avonlea
Anne’s House of Dreams– My grandfather gave me these when I turned 10. I’m 26, and still haven’t read them. It’s time.

Out of Our Minds (Ken Robinson)- I watched this TED talk by Ken Robinson, and immediately ordered two of his books. This one is about how we educate creativity right out of our kids, and how to educate it right back into ourselves. Howard Gardner and John Cleese give it high praise, and that’s good enough for me.

What’s everybody reading this summer?


One thought on “Jane’s Summer Reading

  1. I’m currently re-reading the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series in anticipation of a new addition to the series that just came out. I think I still have maybe 3 books in the Narnia series left to read (didn’t you say you were going to read them with me?). I might end up re-reading the Anne series now that you mentioned them, I can’t believe you’ve never read them! I LOVED them. Also, I would like to borrow that Steelers book when you’re done, I don’t care where you read it. 😉

    Seriously, everyone, read Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

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