This summer rather than offering a selection of titles, I encouraged students to search for books which peaked their interest or inspired them in some way.
I’ve already read several books this summer – here’s a brief summary of ‘my summer reads’ so far:
- Born to Run by Christopher McDougall – I really enjoyed this book, in part because I’m a runner, in part because I’m a Social Studies teacher and the social/anthropological evidence is really convincing. I also appreciate any story where people push themselves to greatness.
- Inferno by Dan Brown – while I liked his other best sellers, The DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons, this story fell flat in my opinion. Too formulaic and because I’m very familiar with the city of Florence where much of this story takes place, I found the book predictable; however, the phenomenon surrounding global population growth is really intriguing and frightening.
- Eleven Rings by Phil Jackson – I’m NOT a basketball fan, especially the NBA. But I’ve always been interested in learning more about Phil Jackson for his North Dakota roots, his interest in Zen Buddhism, and his success as a coach. I really enjoyed this book especially from the perspective as a teacher and coach.
- Open by Andre Agassi – I don’t play tennis and have a limited knowledge of the game, but I grew up watching Agassi play and remember always wanting him to win his matches. I have really enjoyed his autobiography and sincerely appreciate the courage he demonstrates in writing this really engaging narrative. I often found myself connecting with him as a person on some levels and I really appreciate how well this is written. I’d like to meet Agassi some day.
I hope your summer has you enjoying some literary treasures. It’s only mid-July so still plenty of time to read and discover!