May 17
Summer Reading Plans

Summer time means reading time for me – in long stretches, when I want to rather than just when I’m on the bus or almost falling asleep at the end of the day. This summer, I’m looking forward to reading a few new books, and also revisiting a couple of tried and true good ones.

I plan to read one textbook; it’s a new edition of the core text I use in my teaching of communication principles, strategies and skills in a variety of courses. This 4th edition of Understanding Human Communication includes chapters on persuasion, leadership and power, and on social media use – areas I am always keen to read about. 

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The rest of my reading plans are for personal pleasure, but they’ll boost my professional performance in specific ways:

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Ruth Reichl is a favourite food writer of mine. Her latest book tells the story of her time at Gourmet magazine and how she met the challenges of significant changes in the magazine industry, generally, and at Gourmet, specifically. I’m always up for stories about surviving change!

Papergirl is a fictionalized account of the 1919 General Strike in Winnipeg, as seen through the eyes of a young girl. I love learning about history from accessible sources, and this book promises to do that about the strike, which marks its 100th anniversary this year. Learning how people came together to effect social change is inspiring to me.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an oldie and a goodie. The protagonist is a fierce and fearless woman, and I always need reminders of how to be that in this world.

Finally, I’ll continue to work my way through All the President’s Men, another oldie and goodie. I shook Carl Bernstein’s hand at a journalism conference a few years back and had him sign this book, so I really enjoy spending time with this edition. And the story of Woodward and Bernstein is inspiring for their persistence in unearthing the truth – a good reminder to me that some objectives take time, a lot of time, to achieve. 


What will you be reading this summer? Or what will you be listening to this summer? Any favorite podcasts? ​​



Ah! I love this post! A few...

Ah! I love this post! A few years ago I started a list of books that faculty from Community Services read. The list is called "I know what you read last summer". A play on words, and I can assure you the content is different than the horror film it's based upon, but I digress...
I'm probably going to be deep into academic literature this summer as I move towards my doctoral candidacy exam, I'm enjoying the rich offerings from Indigenous writers such as Margaret Kovach, Michael Hart, Shawn Wilson, and more researchers who are following Indigenous research methodologies. A book I would highly recommend is: Recollecting : lives of Aboriginal women of the Canadian northwest and borderlands / edited by Sarah Carter and Patricia A. McCormack. It is an amazing collection of essays about the First Women of Canada, with a number of cool historical narratives about the establishment of the economy by women and their work in beading and leather.
I am drawn to political writings  mostly by women but I loved reading Trevor Noah's book Born a Crime (2016). It was funny and enlightening and allowed me to draw many comparisons to why we needed to explore truth and reconciliation. Haha, nothing fluffy for me although I did enjoy I know this much is true by Wally Lamb. I have to thank Bettina Allen for remembering my fondness for certain kinds of lit and compiling lists for me every summer!! Happy reading everyone!
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  • Ruth Lindsey-Armstrong
 on 5/17/2019 8:59 AM

I really like the sounds of...

I really like the sounds of that textbook, Amanda! Is the title "Communicating for Results" (like the picture shows) or "Understanding Human Communication" (like the text says)?

I'm currently one chapter away from finishing "The Choice" by Dr. Edith Eger. She is a psychologist and Holocaust survivor. If you've read "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl, you will also love this book - from a female perspective. It's phenomenal. I would imagine there's talk of making it into a movie.

Next, I plan on reading "A Beautiful Constraint: How To Transform Your Limitations Into Advantages, and Why It's Everyone's Business." Christine Watson recommended it to our faculty last year, so I purchased it and have had it sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read!
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  • Sherry L Seymour
 on 5/17/2019 9:12 AM

I'm currently just about to...

I'm currently just about to finish Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay. Part of the description on Amazon is "With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and authority that have made her one of the most admired voices of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to be overweight in a time when the bigger you are, the less you are seen." This book is wonderful and often painfully relatable as a fat woman. Trigger warnings for discussion of sexual assault and abuse.

My reading list of new books for the summer is currently looking like this (descriptions quotes also from Amazon):

This Place: 150 Years Retold - various authors. "Explore the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology."

A Mind Spread Out on the Ground - Alicia Elliott. "In an urgent and visceral work that asks essential questions about the treatment of Native people in North America while drawing on intimate details of her own life and experience with intergenerational trauma, Alicia Elliott offers indispensable insight and understanding to the ongoing legacy of colonialism."

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman - Lindy West.  "Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible--like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you--writer and humorist Lindy West quickly discovered that she was anything but." (The TV show based on the series is great - the whole season is streaming on CraveTV now).

Red River Resistance -  Katherena Vermette (author), Scott B. Henderson and Donovan Yaciuk (illustrators). "Echo Desjardins is adjusting to her new home, finding friends, and learning about Métis history. She just can’t stop slipping back and forth in time. One ordinary afternoon in class, Echo finds herself transported to the banks of the Red River in the summer of 1869. All is not well in the territory as Canadian surveyors have arrived to change the face of territory, and Métis families, who have lived there for generations, are losing access to their land. As the Resistance takes hold, Echo fears for her friends and the future of her people in the Red River Valley."

Good Omens - Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman. "Armageddon only happens once, you know. They don’t let you go around again until you get it right.' According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch – the world’s only totally reliable guide to the future, written in 1655, before she exploded – the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea…"

I'm also thinking I'll re-read a couple of old favourites:

Sarek - A.C. Crispin. This Star Trek novel tells the the story of Sarek, Spock's father, among other things. I think I first read it when I was 15 or 16 and it's a favourite re-read.

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal - Christopher Moore. This book is hilarious. As the title says, the book is the gospel according to Christ's buddy Biff, who follows along through the various New Testament stories. I find it funny every time I read it.

Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right - Angela Nagle. This book tackles the culture war happening on the internet. For anyone who isn't a huge social media or internet user, this book might be pretty eye-opening.

I think that's it! I'm sure I'll end up revisiting others, but these are the ones that came to mind.
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  • Jocelyne Olson
 on 5/17/2019 2:01 PM

Sherry: Thanks for pointing...

Sherry: Thanks for pointing out the incorrect pic that I had uploaded; I've corrected it now!
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  • Amanda Le Rougetel
 on 5/17/2019 3:50 PM