Summer Reading List 2011

By Emily Carle

Yep, it’s that time of year! All students have moved off campus, commencement has come and gone, and the weather finally matches the attitude: it’s summer 2011 in Kent, Ohio! While some students take this time to do everything but think about reading, I like to take the summer to catch up on all the books I’ve been dying to read throughout the year, but never had time. Unfortunately, reading my International Marketing textbook isn’t what I would call “reading for fun.”

The next step is coming up with a comprehensive list that encompasses light reading & even some reading to better yourself & your future.

This I Believe, edited by Jay Allison, Dan Gediman, John Gregory and Viki Merrick

This I Believe is an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. More than 90,000 of these essays, written by people from all walks of life, are archived on our website, heard on public radio, chronicled through our books, and featured in weekly podcasts. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow.

All incoming Kent State students are required to read This I Believe the summer before their freshmen year, but it is a great read for anyone! Every story is short and offers advice and insight that is applicable to many life situations.

How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie

First published in 1937, How to Win Friends and Influence People is still regarded as the number one people-skills books and a true self-help book. This is a book to keep on your bookshelf for the rest of your life and pass on these skills to your children and your children’s children.

Now is Gone: A Primer on New Media for Executives and Entrepreneurs, Geoff Livingston & Brian Solis

Featured at YouToo Social Media Conference, Geoff Livingston along with Brian Solis focuses on businesses embracing social media into their organization. Now is Gone includes social media marketing strategies, insights and case studies to demonstrate success.

The Now Revolution: 7 Shifts to Make Your Business Faster, Smarter, and More Social, Jay Baer and Amber Naslund

The Now Revolution doesn’t teach you how to “do” social media, but it shows through the seven shifts, case studies and advice how to make your organization utilize the newest tools. It pushes you to adapt the way business is done with the ever-changing social web.

Quiet Hero: Secrets from My Father’s Past, Rita Cosby

Emmy® award–winning journalist, TV host, and New York Times bestselling author Rita Cosby came to Kent State University in February to talk to students about some of her experiences in the field of journalism. She also talked about her relationship with her father and how it blossomed and deepened while writing Quiet Hero. Pick up Cosby’s latest book and maybe it will inspire you to learn more about your parents’ or grandparents’ past!

Making College Count: A Real World Look at How to Succeed In and After College, Patrick S. O’Brien

For students who are serious about building a great future after college, pick this up! Whether you’re still in high school, just starting college or already a couple years in, this book includes an actionable plan on how to not only survive but succeed in college. Learn from educators, students, and corporate recruiters on how to make the most of your college career from your first steps on campus!

Now for a few more “fun” books…

Bossypants, Tina Fey

Maybe it’s just me, but I think 99% of what Tina Fey does is hilarious and this book is no different. This memoir delves into her experiences with Second City, SNL & 30 Rock and gives a true sense of her life as a female in a male-dominated industry. The perfect book to pick up if you’re looking for a good laugh and a light-hearted read this summer!

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

I know these are technically “young adult” books, but they are making a movie out of this series (three books in total) and it has gotten some rave reviews. Everyone I’ve talked to who has picked these up, haven’t been able to put them down. Definitely worth looking into for some light, fun reading on the beach!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling

Hopefully you all have read this book already 😉 But to prepare for the last installment of the series coming to theaters on July 15, pick up the seventh book in the Harry Potter series!

What books are you reading? Do you read serious books that are work/school related? Or do you prefer to read books just for fun? Do you have a favorite book that you would recommend to others?

Leave a comment or send us an email & tell us about your summer reading list!

Emily is a recent communication studies graduate and a summer marketing assistant for the College of Communication & Information.

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