Bad Readers Book Club Summer 2018 Book List: Back And Better Than Ever

Bad Readers Book Club Summer 2018 Book List: Back And Better Than Ever

If you're looking for Oprah's Book Club, you're in the wrong place.

Another school year has come and gone, this one arguably more stressful than others (who knew Buddhist studies would not be relaxing? Not I during my enrollment window last semester when I thought it would be a great idea). Regardless, it's now summertime once again and it wouldn't be summer without sitting outside on a beach or around a pool, reading a book that no one is going to ask you to write a 4-6 analytical analysis essay on.

Once again, Bad Readers, I will be picking one from each category and reviewing them at the end of each session (the end dates for each session are below)! Feel free to read alongside with my bolded choices, my Top 5 in each category, or just any book that you've been excited to read but have had literally no time to even think about. Happy trails, all my bad reading friends!

Session 1: May 23

Session 2: June 13

Session 3: July 11

Session 4: August 8

Session 5: September 5

Session 6 *BONUS JONAS*: October 3

Psychological Thrillers

The true crime novel McNamara was writing up until her sudden death that recently reignited interest in the Golden State Killer case and helped police catch the serial killer.

- "I’ll Be Gone in the Dark"

- "The Talented Mr. Ripley"

- "Adjustment Day"

- "The Hellfire Club"

- "The Heart Goes Last"

Beach Reads

Calvino's collection of autobiographical writing includes letters, prose, and interviews, all of which fit together to tell the story of his life through World War II and into 1960's America.

- "At Freddie’s"

- "The Rocks"

- "Palo Alto"

- "What Remains"

- "Hermit in Paris"

Biographies, Essays, Memoirs

Former FBI Director James Comey's highly-anticipated and publicized take on Trump, his infamous firing, and the state of the presidency under the current administration.

- "Fascism: A Warning"

- "A Higher Loyalty"

- "Wild"

- "The Opposite of Loneliness"

- "My Life With Bob"

Books That Everyone Is Talking About

The first comedic novel to win the Pulitzer Prize follows a novelist as he tries (hysterically) to avoid attending his ex-boyfriend's wedding.

- "Less"

- "Russian Roulette"

- "Little Fires Everywhere"

- "War On Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence"

- "The Female Persuasion"

Books That Might Break Your Heart

The novel follows a young French girl and her father through their escape from a German-occupied Paris and a young German boy, recruited by the Nazis who begins to grow painfully aware of what his work does. The two separate stories ultimately become entwined with one another during the Second World War.

- "A Little Life"

- "Did You Ever Have a Family?"

- "All the Light We Cannot See"

- "Dear Madam President"

- "Promise Me, Dad"

You Judged This Book By Its Cover, Didn’t You?

In this novel within a novel, the protagonist writes a revisionist history in which President Kennedy was never assassinated and other Vietnam veterans either have their memories wiped or roam the country in rouge parties.

- "Hystopia"

- "The Epiphany Machine"

- "Fates & Furies"

- "The Idiot"

- "The Mars Room"

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I Didn't Choose To Be A Dance Major, It Chose Me

How my passion became my purpose


I don't remember the exact moment, but I do remember the process. I remember moments in time and the way joy has manifested itself into my life. Perhaps this is the meaning of life—a slow growing journey of finding yourself through experiences and delightfully long conversations with people we care about, long nights filled with laughter, early mornings with dew beneath our toes, waves of utter joy, followed by waves of somber; it's all just part of it. And within these waves and moments of our lives, we begin to see with clarity—a slow but steady process. Clarity occurs when the fog is lifted. It's when you find that thing you're passionate about, and you do it relentlessly. This is the art of becoming.

So, I don't really remember when I became a dancer. I suppose it's been a lifetime of becoming. I can't even really say that it's a choice. I don't think it is. I know that I was born to dance. And this has nothing to do with how I look or anything like that. But it has everything to do with how I feel when I dance. It's this sense of sheer release, and to be able to get to that point of really, truly not having a care in world; this is how you know you're in the process of becoming. It's in the moments where I'm the most lost—the moments where I've really given myself over completely that result in the greatest rewards, usually in the form of self-knowledge. This is clarity.

I have not chosen to become a dancer, but inevitably dance has so gracefully chosen me. And with great appreciation, I've accepted the invitation. I've since made the mindful choice to immerse myself in this art form, because to me this is how joy has chosen to manifest itself in my life. Through movement, and love of music, and love of creating, this is how I've chosen joy.

It recently dawned on me that dance is what we as humans use to declare our vitality. It's an appreciation of being alive. And more so, it's a celebration: of being alive, of our bodies, of human contact, but mostly just of life. We as humans dance to celebrate life.

So with this joy that I've been so lucky to find, I am compelled to study dance. And not just take classes, and not just take notes, but to really study—to really understand what it means to be alive, and to feel gratitude for every ounce of my life.

This is why I'm a dance major.

So before you question me, and perhaps tell me that my major is useless or is not setting me up for a successful life, maybe consider that I've chosen a life of joy. I've chosen to be passionate and throw myself into gaining a greater kinesthetic awareness, a more profound appreciation for music, and for art, and for culture, and just life in general.

I have chosen to celebrate my life, and celebrate what my body allows me to do every day. And through my choices, I've begun to master the art of becoming.

Author's note: The theme of "becoming" was subconsciously inspired by Michelle Obama.

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