My Daily Read: Peter Myer

March 14, 2012

Peter has been teaching as an Adjunct Instructor of Art at COCC for years. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics and Printmaking from The University of South Dakota and a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of Oregon.

ConXn: What is the first thing you read in the morning?

Peter:  I go online to Slate headlines, Doosebury, then arts section. Then Breaking News at the Atlantic site. I usually read one article and bookmark longer pieces for later, which occasionaly get read.

ConXn: What newspaper and magazines do you subscribe to or read regularly? What do you read in print versus online versus mobile?

Peter: The Atlantic, Art in America, Art Forum, Book Forum, Dwell, Outside, and the Source as a ‘newspaper’. I read the New Yorker when I get a hand me down copy and check out Ceramics Monthy from the library. Most of these print sources have things online that I check once in a while, particularly Dwell and the Atlantic.

ConXn:  What books have you recently read?

Peter: I read something from The Thinking Eye by Paul Klee nearly everyday. He systematically explicates visual thinking. Very dense but ultimately understandable in small doses. I’ve been at it for 5-6 years.

I recently re-read Animals, Men, and Myth by Richard Lewinsohn. It’s a natural history of the often bizarre relationship between humans and animals.

Korean Buncheoung Ceramics from Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art is the current book I’m into.

Do any stand out? The Korean Buncheoung Ceramics is direct, fresh, whimsical and amazingly contemporary for work done in the 15th and 16th centuries.

ConXn:  Has your reading of professional journals changed in the past 10 years? If so, how?

Peter: Art in America makes sense to me now but after 3-4 years I still have to wade through Art Forum. I think it is a publication geared toward art critics more than artists, but there is usually one or two lines per issue that resonate for me, so I keep plugging away.  Ceramics Monthly and Clay Times are easily skimed by comparison.

ConXn: Do you use Twitter?

Peter: No. Those social media sites are probably valid but they scare me; they seem like time vampires.

ConXn: Do you blog? 

Peter: No

ConXn: What are the guilty pleasures in your media diet?

Peter:  Mystery short stories. I really enjoy a good longform article on practically anything but don’t allocate time to read them as much as I would like.  David Foster Wallace’s, The Weasel, Twelve Monkeys and the Shrub, about John McCain’s primary campaign in 2000, is the last such story I’ve read.


My Daily Read: Tony Russell

February 16, 2012

Tony is an Assistant Professor of English.  He has a Ph.D. in English from Purdue University and has been teaching at COCC since 2010.

ConXn: What is the first thing you read in the morning?

Tony: When I wake up in the morning or just settle down for the evening, I read the BBC Mobile. (This, of course, is aside from whatever is on the side of the cereal box, which is usually something to remind me that I am still fat and that I don’t get enough fiber in my diet.) On average, I will read 18-20 BBC articles a day—from global headlines to sports. I prefer the BBC because the stories are well researched. They provide a lot of background information that I don’t find elsewhere, and this has contributed much to the ways in which I understand global affairs.

ConXn: What newspaper and magazines do you subscribe to or read regularly? What do you read in print versus online versus mobile?

Tony: My wife and I are crazy coupon people (oh yes, we have the baseball card sleeves, binders, and everything), so we subscribe to the Bulletin. I confess, however, that I don’t read much of it—perhaps a front page item or two. I will on occasion pull articles from the Outdoors sections for ideas on new outings and what not, but for local news, I usually read my app on my iPhone—if there’s nothing good on the BBC, LeMonde, CNN, MSNBC, or The Onion.

For magazines, I often subscribe to The New Yorker, and I’m an on-again off-again Scientific American subscriber. Secretly, I am enthralled by astrophysics, biology, and clinical psychology. Oh, and I really like stories about orangutans that use iPads, which in the long run only makes me angry because Santa neglected to fill my stocking with an iPad this year. I even bought an extra-wide stocking to accommodate for the width of the iPad. What’s more, I felt that my desire was benevolent. I only want an iPad so that I can transfer my paper-based subscriptions to digital, thus preserving the delicate balance of our planet and preserving said orangutan habitats. Sometimes Santa makes it hard to believe.

ConXn: What books have you recently read? Do any stand out?

Tony: If I rattled off a list of the books I have read in the past month or so, it would sound terribly eclectic, and I suppose it is. But I can’t be the only person that reads in categories, if you will. For instance, there are things I read purely for pleasure, those I read to better my teaching, those I read to better my courses, and those I read to remind me why physics is best read when dumbed down (see Scientific American above).

For pleasure, I am on an Alan Furst kick. If you like spy fiction or historical fiction, Furst is at the top of the list. Furst writes about Europe during the 1935-1945 period and claims to write as though he were writing the books during that period. That’s nice and all, but you’ll find plenty of twenty-“Furst” century Western liberalism that casts doubt on his claim. But don’t let that deter you. I zoomed through Dark Voyage (2005) last month and am halfway through The World at Night (1996) now.  Dark Voyage was a great yarn about smuggling Allied equipment on a merchant ship through Nazi-infested waters, but if you’re trying out Furst, read The Polish Officer first. (I’m not giving anything away.)

For reading to improve my teaching, I read Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers and Carol Dweck’s Mindsets based on Julie Keener’s excellent retreat talk. Both are wonderful, and I feel like my teaching has improved because of my reading. I had a lot of deep-seated beliefs about my role in the classroom and about ways to motivate students, and I found that many of those things just weren’t as effective as I thought.

ConXn: Has your reading of professional journals changed in the past 10 years? If so, how?

Tony: I would say, yes, definitely. I think I was much less discriminate about what I would read before. I sort of soaked everything in I could. I had some favorites, but the more I’ve become interested in certain topics, the more I find that I can only really read about them in a limited number of publications. For instance, I used to find the Journal of Popular Culture fluffy and unpredictable, but now I find many things that inform my teaching. I’ve also sort of embraced its quirkiness. After all, popular culture is varied, sporadic, and impulsive; it’s also quite ever-changing. Further, I would echo a previous post from Carol Higginbotham in that I also find more and more that I am looking in professional journals for better ways to teach things or to reach my students more than I have in the past.

ConXn: Do you use Twitter? If so, whom do you follow?

Tony: When Pear Analytics stated in their 2009 analysis of Twitter that 40% of tweets were “pointless babble,” I knew I needed to get onboard. This term I have a Twitter feed running in my WR 122 Blackboard courses where I suggest possible articles for my students’ research papers (#COCCWR122).  I tweet under the furtive name of WrProf, which I was surprised was still available. In light of my recent experiences, I have composed the following haiku:

My students don’t use
Twitter. Seems like writing profs
Don’t like to either.

ConXn: Do you blog? If so, why?

Tony: Blogging’s a tough one for me. I like the idea. In fact, I really want to do it, but like so many other online time-takers/wasters, I feel like it would consume me. Then again, I felt that way about Facebook, and I seem to control that addiction just fine. I’m a “social Facebooker.”

ConXn: What are the guilty pleasures in your media diet?

Tony: I teach pop culture classes, so it’s hard for me to feel guilty about anything really. I get to read cool books either way—spy novels, detective novels, graphic novels. I suppose I might say that I love Jane Austen novels or that I think Charlotte Brontë is four times the writer than Emily Brontë—or better, that Villette is everything that Jane Eyre wishes it were—but I’m far too proud to admit or divulge anything like that.

So I suppose the only thing I feel guilty about is the fact that I don’t let myself get away from books. Even when I exercise, I’m at the very least listening to a book. Yes, as I make my rounds about the COCC track, rather than raging against the machine, I’m “reading” The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot, or John Buchan’s Greenmantle; and I’ve listened to all of them for free from the LibriVox project. This project only records titles are in the public domain (pre-1923), but I have enjoyed these books so much, that I began volunteering as a reader this year.

(For reference, I don’t listen to my own recordings—but only because I haven’t recorded Villette—yet.)

My Daily Read: Michele DeSilva

January 19, 2012

Michele is the Emerging Technologies Libarian at the COCC Barber Library.  She has a B.A. in Liberal Studies from OSU and a MLIS  from University of Washington.  She has been with COCC since 2006.

ConXn: What is the first thing you read in the morning?

Michele:   I’m not a loyal newspaper reader, so the first thing I read every morning really varies from morning. Some mornings, the first thing I read is my work email, but I prefer to start the day with something else, usually whatever book I happen to be reading at the moment.

ConXn: What newspaper and magazines do you subscribe to or read regularly? What do you read in print versus online versus mobile?

Michele: I regularly read and subscribe to The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Poetry. I read all of those in paper. I actually really like newspapers, and I will occasionally buy The New York Times in the store, but mostly I just look at it online a couple of times a week. I don’t think I could ever subscribe to a newspaper, because I wouldn’t have time to read it every day. I can’t even keep up with The New Yorker, which comes out every week.

ConXn: What books have you recently read? Do any stand out?

Michele: I’ve been on a re-reading kick lately, especially of Victorian novels. I re-read Middlemarch and enjoyed it thoroughly. Right now, I’m reading Sanctuary, by William Faulkner and How Fiction Works by James Wood, so I guess that gets me out of the Victorian era.

ConXn: Has your reading of professional journals changed in the past 10 years? If so, how?

Michele: Oh, it’s definitely changed for me, in that I didn’t read professional literature 10 years ago at all, and now I do. I started reading the library literature about five years ago, so I’ve pretty much always kept up with it online rather than in print.

ConXn: Do you use Twitter? If so, whom do you follow?

Michele:  I use Twitter for the Library, but I don’t use it personally. I had a personal account for a little while, but I never really got into it.

ConXn: Do you blog? If so, why?

Michele: I occasionally write an entry for ConXn (this blog) and regularly write for the Library’s microblog, InfoSprinkles. One summer a couple of years ago, I kept a blog for our garden, because family members were really interested in it, but that’s it for personal blogging. I write a lot (in an old-fashioned paper journal), but I just don’t feel compelled to post it online.

ConXn: What are the guilty pleasures in your media diet?

Michele: I don’t feel too guilty about anything in my media diet. It’s not like everything I read is high-brow or great literature (I like a good mystery occasionally, or something similarly escapist), but I’m happy with the balance I’ve struck. More than feeling guilty about the media I consume, I feel guilty about taking the time to sit down and read because I feel like I should be doing something else more productive. Fortunately, I can usually ignore the guilt and enjoy my reading.

My Daily Read: Dr. Carol Higginbotham

November 30, 2011

Dr. Carol Higginbotham is a Professor of Chemistry.  Dr. Higginbotham, received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Montana State University and has been teaching at COCC since 1999.


ConXn: What is the first thing you read in the morning?

Carol: Honestly?  It’s typically Facebook.  I like to pick up personal messages before I get hit with the news.  But once I have seen what my friends have been up to, it’s the newspaper, online.  After that I’ll sometimes check a few favorite blogs, and by then I am usually draining my coffee cup and getting out the door.

ConXn: What newspaper and magazines do you subscribe to or read regularly? What do you read in print versus online versus mobile?

Carol: I am an online subscriber to the New York Times, and I look at it at least once a day.  I also read local news at and, and I look at and  In print I’ll read parts of the Source on weekends, when I am a bit more chilled out and have the time to pay attention to the longer articles it contains.  I absolutely love reading The Atlantic as a Kindle mag, and I have subscriptions to Runner’s World and to American Scientist that come the old fashioned way:  in my US Mail box.

ConXn: What books have you recently read? Do any stand out?

Carol:  Each fall I try to take up a long classic book, so as the days get short I can curl up and read seriously.  This year I am trying to get through Moby Dick.  I also picked up and read both the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip von Winkle this Halloween season, because I wanted to get to know those stories in their original forms.  All these were basically free or one-dollar reads I got for my Kindle.  The best book I’ve read in the last six months was The War of the End of the World, by Mario Vargas Llosa, who won the Nobel prize for literature last year.  It’s an amazing, big, fat, epic book.  I have also recently read An Anatomy of Addiction, the Emperor of All Maladies, and The Poisoner’s Handbook.  All of these are popular science books.  Currently I am in the middle of two books:  the Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, and Inside Scientology by Janet Reitman.

ConXn: Has your reading of professional journals changed in the past 10 years? If so, how?

Carol: Absolutely.  I used to read more in scientific research journals, and these days I read more education stuff.  I am a regular reader of the Journal of Chemical Education.  I keep an eye on advances in research through aggregator websites that sort and summarize scientific advances for me.

ConXn: Do you use Twitter? If so, whom do you follow?

Carol: I joined Twitter several years ago when it was new, but at the time it wasn’t very popular.  When the people I wanted to connect with weren’t using it, I lost interest.  My account is probably still out there but I haven’t used it in a very long time.

ConXn: Do you blog? If so, why?

Carol: I used to blog.  My students were hungry for connections between the chemistry we were discussing in class and their lives outside of school, so I developed a blog as a place to explore these connections.  It was great fun for a while, and I am glad I did it.  However I found that I really needed feedback to keep up my motivation to write, so over time a lack of comments caused me to drift away from blogging.  If you want to look at it, it’s

ConXn: What are the guilty pleasures in your media diet?

Carol: I get more pleasure than is reasonable from reading blogs about sustainability, and bike commuter culture.  I like reading, the Daily Score from, and  These blogs are guilty pleasures for me because they mostly reinforce things I already believe in.  They don’t challenge my ideas, but they express things I already like in ways that make me like those things even more.

I also always come home from library book sales with cookbooks.  The more unusual they are, the more I enjoy them.  My collection includes a Finnish cookbook and a cookbook by Liberace.

What’s in my Google Reader?

May 13, 2010

By Stacey Donohue, Humanities

Google Reader is an excellent resource for bookmarking blogs and other websites with regular updates so that you do not have to visit each site separately (Ralph Phillips has a great post on how to use Google Reader, if you want more information).  Here are a few of my favorite academic/book related sites:

  1. ProfHacker is a blog hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education, with daily postings by various professors on issues related to teaching and learning.  This posting was a particularly interesting one on Leading Effective Classroom Discussions on Controversial Issues. Another great post was on Revising Google Docs for Classroom Use. But they also have fun postings, such as lunch recipes for busy professors.
  2. Arts and Letters Daily is one of those resources that can eat up hours of your life.  Hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education, this site provides links to magazine, newspaper articles, websites, etc. on topic that go far beyond higher education.  It’s an incredible, and free, source for information about what’s happening in the world of ideas.
  3. Bookforum’s daily blog posting is a compilation of book reviews and articles related to new books. They usually post a series of related links several times a day.  Since I don’t have time to read all of these books, it’s my way of keeping up with the books I wish I had time to read.
  4. Inside HigherEd’s daily postings are many (up to 15 new ones a day), but with Google Reader, I can skim through the headlines and decide which ones to read.  Articles on community colleges are common here, and worth the read (you may have received one I forwarded since I forward many!).
  5. Finally, when I need a new project to work on (usually in the summer) I check out UPenn’s Call for Papers: here I can find information about upcoming conferences and book/article projects. Most of my conference presentations and publications are a result of finding the “call” on this website.

These are just a few of the academic resources I check regularly, but I’d love to hear about more, so post your suggestions in the comments!

Share Your Books with

September 29, 2009

By Ralph Phillips, Computer & Information Systems is a web-based application and social networking site that allows you to keep track of the books you’ve read and the books you’re reading. But wait, there’s more…

  • See what your friends are reading and check out their reviews.
  • Rate and categorize your own book so your friends can check out what you’re reading.
  • Participate in book discussions via the message boards.
  • Keep track of book recommendations by adding them to your wish list.
  • Make widgets (like the book covers below) to post on your web site or blog.

Even if you’re not into the social networking aspect of the site, the other tools on make it a fun and worthwhile tool.

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What are YOUR Summer Reading Plans?

June 9, 2009

reading 2Before we take off for the summer, here’s  a piece of news for all to celebrate about! A recent study by the National Endowment for the Arts found that “For the first time in more than 25 years, American adults are reading more literature”! The biggest increase in reading rates is happening among young adults, ages 18-24. Hard to believe? For more info on the study, check for yourself NEA’s News Room.

While ConXn blog has been preparing for its own summer vacation (we will be back in September with more wonderful posts!), the editors of COCC’s blog invited COCC staff and faculty to tell us about their summer reading plans or other book recommendations they wished to share.  So, take a pen and add to your own list:

Stacey Donohue:

  • Straight Man by Richard Russo (a re-read: it’s truly The. Funniest. Academic. Novel. Ever.)
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett (I heard it’s a light, uplifting read)
  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (different stories about people in a small Maine town—Olive is the recurring character in each story—it’s beautifully written so far)
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker (really, I’ve never read it!)
  • Home by Marilyn Robinson
  • People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  • Netherland by Joseph O’Neill (Obama was caught reading it recently)
  • The Women by TC Boyle (another novel about Frank Lloyd Wright’s various women)
  • The English Major by Jim Harrison
  • Origin by Diana Abu-Jaber
  • Things I’ve Been Silent About by Azar Nafisi (author of Reading Lolita in Tehran)
  • A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway (another re-read—this is the “restored” edition with some of the deleted sections included)
  • Wild Nights!: Stories About the Last Days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James and Hemingway by Joyce Carol Oates
  • A Thousand Years Over a Host Stove: A History of American Women Told Through Food, Recipes and Remembrances by Laura Schenone
  • How Fiction Works by James Wood

Jonathan Esterman:

  •  Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
  •  The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  • The Holy Bible
  • Walking with God  by John Eldredge

Beth Wickham

  • The Guernesy Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Ann Schafer
  • The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Karen Huck

  • Dog Years by Mark Doty
  • Unleashed: Poems by Writers’ Dogs by Amy Hempel and Jim Shepard
  • Doggerel: Poems About Dogs (edited by) Carmela Ciuraru
  • Dog Training For Dummies by Jack Volhard and Wendy Volhard

Sara Krempel

  • The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

Monica Vines

  • Tweak by Nic Sheff
  • Beautiful Boy by David Sheff
  • Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

Rise Quay

  • First of all, I have a tradition.  At the end of each term, I read Momma Makes Up Her Mind by Bailey White.  It is a charming book and always makes me laugh out loud.  A friend gave it to me in graduate school and I find it (and a tall glass of iced tea) sets me up for summer. 
  •  I just received Into The Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea.  I read his The Hummingbird’s Daughter a few years ago—and found it to be one of my all-time favorites, so I have high hopes for this one. 
  • Also on my “starting list” are Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri (a Pulitzer winner and author of The Namesake) and a non-fiction title, America’s Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation by Kenneth C. Davis. 
  • I rescued Pontoon by Garrison Keillor from the remainder table at B&N….and loved it. It would be a good summer read, too.

John Shannon

  • Just finished Always Looking Up by Michael J. Fox
  • Inkheart, Inkdeath and Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
  • How Fiction Works by James Wood
  • The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown [the upcoming NEW book in the famous DaVinci Code series)
  • The Starter by Scott Sigler


  • Immortals by Tracy Hickman
  • Heaven Seasons 1 thru 5 by Mur Lafferty
  • The “Share” series by Nathan Lowell
  • Tales of the South Coast

Michele DeSilva

  • I am currently reading a book called Eating the Sun, about photosynthesis.
  • I am planning on reading White Teeth by Zadie Smith;
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides;  
  • Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon, because I’ve heard it’s interesting;
  • The Waves by Virginia Woolf;
  • and, because it sounded good in an NPR interview I heard, Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See.
  • I’ll also be catching up on all those back issues of the New Yorker and American Poetry Review that have been piling up around my house throughout the year.

Julie Keener

  • Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison 
  • Run by Ann Patchett
  • The Interior by Lisa See
  • Lucky Girl by Lei-Ling Hopgood
  • In Code by Sarah Flannery
  • Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall?  By Anthony E. Wolf
  • Habits of Mind by Carol Dweck
  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind – 16 Essential Characteristics for Success by Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick

plus at several kids books, including, 

  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Beverly Adler

  • Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay
  • Outliers : the story of success by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky

Amy Harper

  • With Respect to Sex: Negotiating Hijra Identity in South India by Gayatri Reddy
  • Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali by Kris Holloway
  • The Afterlife is Where We Come From: The Culture of Infancy in West Africa by Alma Gottlieb
  • In Amma’s Healing room: Gender and Vernacular Islam in South India by Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger
  • Crescent by Diana Abu-Jaber
  • Snow by Orhan Pamuk
  • City of Shadows by Ariana Franklin
  • Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire
  • Murder on Waverly Place by Victoria Thompson
  • Dead Water by Barbara Hambly
  • The Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer
  • Catch up on the “…in Death” series by JD Robb
  • Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood series) by JR Ward
  • The Promise by TJ Bennett
  • Das Parfum: Die Geschichte eines Morders by Patrick SüsekindAudio books (for the drive to Montana and back)
  • Song Yet Sung by James McBride
  • Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson an David Oliver Relin

Andria Woodell

  • The Cabinet of Curiosities by Douglas Preston
  • Lincoln Child Deeper by Jeff Long (the sequel to The Descent–AWESOME read!)
  • Raising Atlantis by Thomas Greanias
  • A Primer in Positive Psychology by Christopher Peterson
  • and pretty much anything else on my bookshelf that I haven’t read yet!

Annemarie Hamlin

  • I just started a book called Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.  A friend recently pushed this into my hands and said I had to read it. It is two interwined stories–one of a French girl taken away from Paris with her Jewish family during the Holocaust, and one of a contemporary American woman living in France. It looks like it will be a tear-jerker.
  • Next I’m going to read Loving Frank by Nancy Horan, a book about the woman who had an affair with Frank Loyd Wright and lived a somewhat tragic life (I’m told).
  • I’m also going to catch up a little bit of recent juvenille literature so that I can keep up with my kids: Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi, and Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles.

Tina Hovekamp

  • Little Big Man and The return of Little Big Man by Thomas Berger  – American classics that everybody should read!
  • Sometimes a great notion  by Ken Kesey  – Oregon author;  wonderful book with powerful depiction of characters and of our state’s logging history/culture.
  • Main Street by Sinclair Lewis – another classic of the American literature with a critical look at the narrow-mindedness and unimaginative life of people in a small town in the Midwest.
  • Cannery Row by John Steinbeck – for me, one of the best of Steinbeck’s novels!
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison –truly a wonderful, powerful read!
  • A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park – this is one of the best children’s books I’ve read. It won the 2002 Newbery Medal, awarded for excellence in children’s literature; a great read even for adults!

Tom Barry

  • Lonesome Dove: Larry McMurtry
  • Consuming Kids: Susan Linn
  • The End of Faith: Sam Harris
  • Interaction Ritual: Erving Goffman
  • Born to Shop: Juliet Schor 



For more titles, visit the following links: The New York Times has posted their Summer Reading suggestions and NPR gives us Seattle’s librarian diva, Nancy Pearl’s, recommendations for summer reading (in addition to a list of summer books in general).

And don’t forget…  ConXn WANTS to publish you, too! We hope that summer reading will be an inspiration for your own writing on a topic that interests you. For more information on ConXn’s submission guidelines visit Help us build our campus community!