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