Thursday, May 10, 2007

Ondrey Summer Reading Program 2007

As kids, my brothers, sister and I usually would participate in a local summer reading program, promoted by the public library or our school. You'd usually get some sort of reward at the end of the summer or upon the completion of the assigned books - sticker sets, coupons for free fries, tickets to local sporting events...the list goes on.

Well, I am done with school for this year and have the summer off, so there are a bunch of books that I have been wanting to read. At the end of the summer, having completed the self-assigned reading (listed below), I will rewarded with...well...I am not sure yet, but your suggestions will be seriously considered. Now you might think that my list is lame or undemanding, but I do not want to be overwhelmed with deadlines - I just want to be able to do some pleasure reading in the absence of tuition-based academic responsibilities.

If you have not found anything you are interested in reading this summer, feel free to join me in my bookish efforts. Keep in mind that I have little interest in fiction, but will be attempting to gain an appreciation through reading one selected classic. Should you choose to opt out of certain readings and replace them with others, please do so - all reading is good reading.

Ondrey Summer Reading Program 2007

The Invisible Sex: Uncovering the True Roles of Women in Prehistory
By J. M. Adovasio


Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
By Steven D. Levitt


Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice
By Paul Kivel



The Real Mary: Why Evangelical Christians Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus
By Scot McKnight


East of Eden
By John Steinbeck



Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
By Barbara Ehrenreich



The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World's Most Powerful Company Really Works-and How It's Transforming the American Economy
By Charles Fishman

To Be Determined
By: To Be Determined



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Any suggestions may be submitted at this time.

28 comments:

bobbie rose said...

my thoughts:

-freakonomics...so entertaining and interesting

-nickel and dimed...one of my favorite books

- the tbd book should be time travelers wife if you haven't read it yet. one of the better modern pieces of fiction i think

-your reward should be a trip to jordan:)

Liz said...

Good choice for your fiction/classic selection! East of Eden is one of my favorites!

Jakob said...

I would love to read a few of those books. But I don't really want to buy them all... whats a guy to do?

Sarah said...

Doesn't Baghdad have libraries? Maybe once they embrace democracy they'll start demanding free access to such services.

In which books are you interested? Amazon has some good deals. Or I could send you them as I finish reading.

The Lindahl News said...

WHAT IS THE WHAT by Dave Eggers is what I am reading right now. Though it is fiction, it is really an autobiography of one of the Lost Boys of Sudan's story. I'm finding it not easy to put down; the mark of a good bock!

(And I'm glad you like my new "look". It was time, and I am sorry you don't like jellyfish.)

Kris said...

Oh, that Real Mary sounds like the best of all:)
I guarantee you will love it.

melissa said...

thanks for the great suggestions! i love nickel and dimed and own it if you want to borrow my copy. :)

Stan F. said...

Regarding to be determined: Highly recommend Lauren Winner's "Girl Meets God" or "Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity," though I would begin with the former.

It's poorly titled - It's not a teen book, nor is it chick lit -- and even she doesn't like it; It's become a favorite of mine and many other males. If you like Anne Lamott, you will love this book.

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