What those who regularly read here already know, Summer is my favorite season of the year. Not only is it a time to wander outdoors bare, unburdened by clothes, but as an professional educator, it’s the time of year with no lessons to prepare or lectures to give. Much of my free time, spent outside, is in the company of a book. Reading mostly for pleasure and not research. Being bare at will and with books in the heat and humidity are the major reasons why I enjoy summers.
“It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own.” ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes
During the late Spring and throughout the Summer, I mainly read fiction because it is fun, interesting and doesn’t require note-taking. I read non-fiction, mainly biographies and historical works, because the topics appeal to me.
Towards the end of summer, I have to devote most of my reading to the subjects that I’ll be teaching during the upcoming academic year. That’s why I try to keep the majority of my pleasure reading fairly light and mindless – an escape from the analytical reading that I must do throughout the academic year.
Eyes Wide Open Andrew Gross
The Camel Club David Balducci
Counterplay Robert K. Tannenbaum
The Bone Tree Greg Iles
Everything To Lose Andrew Gross
The Rainmaker John Grisham
The Known World Edward P. Jones
The Last Witness W.E.B. Griffen
The Polaris Protocol Brad Taylor
No Fortunate Son Brad Taylor
The Nomination William G. Tapply
Infamy Robert K. Tannenbaum
Days of Rage Brad Taylor
The Whistler John Grisham
Night Life David C. Taylor
The Confession John Grisham
Turning Angel Greg Iles
Dead Or Alive Tom Clancy and Grant Blackwood
The Summons John Grisham
Alex Cross Trial James Patterson and Richard Diallo
Cross James Patterson
Cross Fire James Patterson
One Mile Under Andrew Gross
Zoo James Patterson
NYPD Red James Patterson and Marshall Karp
Unlucky 13 James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The Forgotten Soldier Brad Taylor
Third Degree Greg Iles
The Victim W.E.B. Griffin
3rd Degree James Patterson and Andrew Gross
4th of July James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
5th Horseman James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
6th Target James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
7th Heaven James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
And This Too Shall Pass E. Lynn Harris (third reading)***see continuation below
The Second Life of Nick Mason Steve Hamilton
Along Came A Spider James Patterson
Act of War Brad Taylor
My Summer, 2017 reading also included the following non-fiction titles. These were all not work related in any way. Two are historical, George, Nicholas and Wilhelm about the three emperors (Great Britain, Russia and Germany) and the period leading up to the First World War. Sisi: Empress Elizabeth of Austria-Hungary is about the life and unusual marital arrangement of the wife of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary. Born A Crime is a humorous and lively account of the South-African born comedian, Trevor Noah, and an honest perspective on growing up colored (mixed-race) in apartheid South Africa. Writings On The Wall is another interesting and well-researched assessment of the current state of dysfunction in the USA. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in addition to his achievements in the National Basketball Association (NBA), is gifted with an analytical mind and the ability to convey both message and concepts to readers.
Born A Crime Trevor Noah
George, Nicholas and Wilhelm Miranda Carter
Sisi: Empress Elizabeth of Austria-Hungary Allison Pataki
Writings On The Wall Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
My bare practitioner (naturist/nudist) and same gender loving (gay) close friend, Jay, and I are re-reading all of E. Lynn Harris’ novels together. Our appreciation of Harris as an author was one of the main reasons that we became friends. This past August, we read (again) his third novel, And This Too Shall Pass. Jay has volunteered to co-author a post with me about E. Lynn Harris in the future. Harris’ unexpected and untimely death in the summer of 2009 has left the world of gay literature bereft of one of its talented and gifted writers.
4 thoughts on “My Summer, 2017, Reading List”
The Known World is one of my favorite books. I’ve also read all of E. Lynn Harris’ books. Great list. Thanks for sharing.
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And thank you, my friend, for your effort in leaving a comment here. Naked hugs!
What a Great reading List. I want to read more of Trevor Noah’s writings. He is fabulous and I absolutely love James Cross. He is a star
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So true, buddy! Take care and stay bare!