Summer Reads

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Summer. Those three glorious months where “freedom” is the key word and “stress” is discarded with all those bulky winter coats and itchy scarves. In between parties, catching up with friends and that boring summer job, you should grab a book, kick back and relax. Need some ideas? Check out what these students and faculty have their noses in.

Name: Frances Brunet, freshman in the College of Arts & Sciences

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Book: “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“(It) takes you back to that point in your childhood when all you wanted to do was be a detective and solve mysteries.”


Name: Giana Zubke, freshman in the College of Arts & Sciences

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Book: “The Other Wes Moore” by Wes Moore

“It was interesting to see how two people that came from the same place with the same name could lead such different lives.”


Name: Lindsay Jackson, freshman in the College of Communication

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Book: “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

“The movie looks exciting and I plan on seeing it after I make my own ideas of the book first.”


Name: Mark Kelley, English instructor, College of Arts & Sciences

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Book: “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz

“It’s filled with references to both the Fantastic Four and Dominican history. Diaz’s debut novel is not only a fun summer read, but also a Pulitzer Prize winning piece of contemporary fiction.”


Name: Herbert Lowe, Journalism Professional in Residence, College of Communication

Book: “The Digital Leader: Five Simple Keys to Success and Influence” by Erik Qualman

“Always interested in becoming a better leader and intrigued to learn how to better leverage my increasing use of social media – and, of course, the same for my journalism students.”


Name: Sarah Olejniczak, Residence Hall Director at Abbottsford Hall

Book: “Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s” by John Elder Robison

“For me, this book provided a greater understanding of the needs of individuals who are on the Autism spectrum, and allowed me to have a greater patience in interacting with all of my students.”


Name: Sara Johnson, Coordinator of Alcohol Programs for the Office of Student Development

Book: “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” by Susan Cain

“As an introvert myself, I value this read as it communicates the challenges introverts have in society but also provides an overview of all the great contributions introverts have made to society.”


Name: Kyle Reeder, senior in the College of Engineering

Book: “Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal” by Christopher Moore

“The book is funny and a satirical look at the life of Jesus. Fictional characters are introduced who weren’t part of the scriptures so it’s just funny to read.”


Name: Keith Sierra, junior in the College of Business Administration

Book: Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcom Gladwell

” I plan on reading this book because it seemed really interesting. It looks at success in a different light. The author interviewed people and talked about different ways other than their smarts or talent to become who they are.”