I always joke that I have to be really bored to pick up a book.
But this summer, as the endless scrolling has enveloped every waking moment of my life, switching to and from the 14 different social media accounts that I use personally or manage for TAP, I think it’s about time for some good-old-fashioned book reading.
Whether you’re reading more than ever before, or stuck in a state of uncertainty, hopefully this list will help jumpstart your need to read!
Before I get to the good stuff and tell you what our staff and friends of TAP are reading this summer (comprehensive list below), I want to recap a few of my favorite summer reads.
Summer has always been a big reading time for me. I love to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air flipping pages and swatting at flies. Reading is also a big part of how I travel, and you’ll never see me sitting on a flight without a book.
The first summer I can remember really diving to literature was a formative experience. I spent six weeks at North Dakota State University as a 15-year-old for Governor’s School. i was in the English program and we wrote and read all day long. I’d even sit up late at night in my dorm bed reading books like “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien.
Around that time, I was also obsessed with the book “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley. Although it’s from the 1930s, it has to most vivid dystopian setting that I can still conjure up in my mind today.
Another big summer read for me was “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I brought this book along with me when I spent a summer living in Tokyo, Japan. Every day I’d ride the train to and from school with this book pressed to my nose, blaring “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus in my ears at the same time.
This summer I’m reading a couple of things… and after coming up with this list I have a bunch more!
As a recommendation from my boss Dayna, I’m finally starting to read “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by Greg McKeown. I’d say I’m certainly someone who loves to live in excess, so this particular book has been hard to come at with an open mind. Being on the farm has certainly changed my perspective and I think I’m ready. I’ll let you know.
More of a fun read that I’m getting into is “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” by Jules Verne. I’ve always had a thing for nautical books and have been meaning to read this one for some time.
Now to the fun part!
Here’s a list of some books that our TAP staff and friends are getting into this summer;
Executive Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator
I’m VERY SLOWLY reading a couple very different books. I have three different reading stations in my home and the book I read is dependent on where I am stationed.
“Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty” by Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee. This is a book by 2 Nobel award winning economists that goes over the ways many current fights to end global poverty are totally misguided. I heard about this from my Economic Development course I took 2 years ago. I used Esther Duflo’s work in my capstone economics project. (This is my ‘reading couch’ book.)
“Talking to Strangers” by Malcolm Gladwell goes over all of the misconceptions we have when interpreting the actions of strangers. I heard about this on Reddit I think and have enjoyed other works by Gladwell. (This is my bed book.)
“The Art of Showing Up: How to Be There for Yourself and Your People” by Rachel Wilkerson Miller is a self-discovery book that I heard about on NPR. It asks a lot of tough questions to evaluate what you and your ‘people’s’ (friends, coworkers, family) needs are and how you’re meeting them or not meeting them. (This is my TV couch book.)
Director of Operations
A former colleague who is herself a brilliant writer recommended American food writer M.F.K. Fisher. Some of her books include “The Art of Eating” and “How to Cook a Wolf.”
Reading… in the summer?
As a kid I would read all summer long, not so much now that I have my yard. All I’m reading at the moment is some of the comics I still have in backlog from when I stopped buying them 8 years ago. I stopped collecting (after buying comics for 18 years) because I’d already fallen a few years behind on reading a lot of the titles. Transitioning into a non-comic collector was weird.
President and CEO
I’m reading “The Night Watchman” by Louise Erdrich. Also, “Still Writing” by Dani Shapiro. Both are wonderful in their own ways, fiction and nonfiction respectively.
Get to know more about our staff by visiting the staff + board page on our website.
Marcie is a is an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation, author, playwright, poet, and freelance writer.
John is a digital marketing specialist.
Emily is a poet and educator, author of the upcoming book “but the flames” out in 2021.
Alexandra is the editorial director at Spotlight Media.
Kevin is a publisher at Market Square Publishing Co.
Lauren is a social media specialist with Jade Presents.
Marla is the president of the Edvard Grieg Society of the Dakotas.
David is the managing director for the Fargo Moorhead Opera.
Mark is a retired teacher with a storied career in the Fargo Public School system.
Thanks for reading our summer reading list. Special shout out to everyone who sent in their book recommendations. Let us know in the comments what you’re reading these days or share on social media.
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