So Many Books…

Once the semester ends, I usually take some time to make a book list for myself for the summer (or start of the calendar year). And that list usually has a theme. This summer, I’m struggling to narrow the list…and the theme boils down to either professional, what’s on the Kindle, or what have I been longing to get to but couldn’t because of school (and the Damn Israel Book).

I’m also aware that I can never get to all the books I want to read…so I’m not including the Top 27 from my Amazon Wish List. Because I may or may not get to ANY of those this year. However, here’s what I’m going to make a wholehearted effort to get read this summer:

Books to finish:

From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas Friedman

Born Digital by Palfrey & Gasser

Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys by Kindlon & Thompson

Professional Books to Read

I tend to read books about parenting, children, gender stuff, or some combination of the three. It’s been a personal research interest for awhile. Now it’s an official research interest. So here goes…

Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled–and More Miserable Than Ever Before by Jean Twenge

Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting by Hara Marano

The Maturity Myth: What Teenagers Need from Parents to to Become Adults by Terri Apter

What’s on the Kindle

Love Wins by Rob Bell (go on, call me a heretic–or, better still, a universalist)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

The Confessor by Daniel Silva

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

Unsqueezed by Margot Starbuck

The Good Body by Eve Ensler (go on, call me a feminist)

The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

And what I’ve wanted to get to but couldn’t because of school 

OK…so there’s somewhat of a theme here…SPIES…and travel…with a coupla randoms thrown in for good measure

The Faithful Spy by Alex Berenson

The Ghost War by Alex Berenson

The Silent Man by Alex Berenson

I Drink for a Reason by David Cross

Once a Spy by Keith Thomson

Twice a Spy by Keith Thomson

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erick Larson

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Emergency Sex and Other Desperate Measures: A True Story from Hell on Earth by Cain, Postlewait, & Thomson

And I’d like to finish out my Israel book list, some of which you’ve already seen here, but is actually a little more extensive.

I figure if I can get through the ones specifically listed here by the end of the calendar year, I can meet my goal of 30 books for the year.

We’ll see how that goes.


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