Friday Five: Books I Want to Read this Summer

Before college, I was an avid reader. During my first year of college I think I may have read one book for fun, and it wasn’t a very long book, either.  I just know my soul shriveled a little as a result, so, this summer I’m going to hit up my local library (and Amazon, because my local library is NOT the best around) and read until I’ve soothed my aching mind. Here’s the list of my top five most anticipated reads:

5) In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

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If you’ve read more than two of my blog posts, you’ve probably come across some reference to Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. We read it in my Comp II class and I loved it. Pollan is a wonderful journalist (I had outbursts in class because I was so thrilled by the way he handled his subject matter) and he writes about one of my favorite subjects in the world. In my mind, food could probably only be eclipsed by music. I can’t imagine that a world exists in which I would hate this book.

4) Naked by David Sedaris

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Me Talk Pretty One Day was a book of much acclaim while I was in high school, and although I’ve never read it, I’m excited to read this book because I’ve heard it’s better. I love books which are collections of essays because I don’t swallow them whole, so hopefully this one will last me at least a week.

3) Corked: A Memoir by Kathryn Borel

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I came across this book in the public library in my college town the day I went back to return my books for the semester. Unfortunately, it’s not in my hometown library, but I really want to read this book because it’s about how wine helped this woman develop her relationship with her father, an experience to which I can relate (see my April post entitled A Couple Scholarship Essays).

2) Wifey by Judy Blume

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Over the past few days I’ve been reading Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume, which is odd for me because I never actually read much Judy Blume as a kid. I read Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, but beyond that I didn’t touch on much. It was in this book that I first heard Judy Blume wrote books for adults, books that are horrifically raunchy and incredibly entertaining (such as this one), and to me that just sounds like the perfect poolside read.

1) Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us by Joel Palca, Flora Lichtman

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 I came across this book on NPR (apparently the writers are NPR journalists, so they get to have their book spotlighted. Jealous.) and it sounds right up my alley. I’ve been really big into the popular adult nonfiction books lately (Omnivore’s Dilemma, Switch, Blink, etc.), so I am really excited to delve into this one. The only problem will be getting my hands on it because it is so new!

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