KVML Summer Reading

What is KVML reading this summer? Our staff members share their reading lists.

Julia (Chief Executive Officer): I’ll be reading Turtles All The Way Down by John Green, The Road To Character by David Brooks, The Vonnegut Encyclopedia by Marc Leeds, and Captain Blood: His Odyssey by Rafael Sabatini.

Matthew (Chief Operating Officer): This is my (hopeful) list. SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard, Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn’t Count by David Daley, Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges, and Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut. It’ll be interesting to see how many I actually have time to finish!

John Green’s new book, which many of us want to read/have read this summer.

Chris (Library Curator): Hoping to finish David Byrne’s The Bicycle DiariesKandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby by Tom Wolfe is on my night stand. I’m about a chapter in. Same with Philip Roth’s American Pastoral.

Emma (Summer Intern): In the summer, I have time to read the way I like: everything at once. I’m currently reading Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, and Middlemarch by George Eliot. I’m also trying to read more international literature this summer. That list includes Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda, Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang, and Independent People by Haldor Laxness.

Part of Emma’s summer reading list.

Max (Director of Education): I’ll be reading The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien this summer.
Christina O’Connell (Programs and Communications Associate): I have a weird mix of different genres of books that I want to read and my TBR list has gotten pretty extensive, so here is what I would like to read this summer: Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi, and One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake.
Christina Stair (Executive Assistant): I plan on finishing The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley are Changing the World by Brad Stone, and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. After those I’m planning to read Artemis by Andy Weir, The Like Switch by Jack Schafer, and Ink by Amanda Sun. (If I can finish all those I want to start Amy Tan’s The Valley of Amazement too, but that’s a bit of a stretch goal!)

Some of our Kurt reads for this summer.

Marissa (Programs and Donor Relations Manager): I would like to finish Wild by Cheryl Strayed and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling. I would also like to read Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut and Turtles All the Way Down by John Green.

Tune in a few weeks from now to see how everyone is progressing. What are you reading this summer? Let us know on social media or in the comments!

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