My Summer Reading List

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[Update June 9, 2020]

My summer reading goals are always overly ambitious.

As I write, there is a stack of books —  at least two feet high — sitting on my nightstand. All books that I pulled from various shelves around the house in hopes of getting some reading done. And, that doesn’t include the books on my Kindle.

So I have decided to identify just a few and commit to reading them. Four just because I want to read them, three books related to my work, and one book I will listen to on audio. I’m a pretty ambitious reader, but this may be a tough list to tackle (especially since my summer may be cut short in order to prepare for the many unknowns of the 2020-21 school year).

Just Because…

The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead

Completed June 8, 2020 – the author, Colson Whitehead uses an imaginative means of conveying the horrors of slavery. This was an eye-opening and timely read. For a quick “preview” read this piece by the National Book Foundation. I have also read The Nikel Boys, by Mr. Whitehead, and really enjoyed it.

The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming – Henri Nouwen

Good  and Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness – David Powllison

Killing Floor (Jack Reacher) – Lee Child

Work Related…

Multiplication is for White People”: Raising Expectations for Other Peoples Children – Lisa Delpit

The Growth Mindset Coach – Brock and Hundley

10 Mindframes for Visible Learning: Teaching for Success – Hattie and Zierer

On Audio…

Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on The Poor– Farmer and Sen

Note: I have not read these books, so this post is not an endorsement (although I feel pretty safe in recommending the Nouwen book). I have linked to Amazon so you can preview the books. This isn’t a sales pitch. I don’t get anything if you decide to purchase the book.