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Summer Entertainment


I’m so ready to make a million summer plans that I might not keep!
Summer has always meant possibility for adventure and new knowledge. I love making plans to start new projects, read new books and listen to good tunes. I don’t know, I think I just might be really excited about not being in school. Here’s a list of music and books that I’m going to be distracted by:

Music Picks:

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Soundtrack—Various Artists
It’s a feel good movie with an even better feeling soundtrack. The Kristen Wiig cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” is inspiring.

Legend Remixed—Bob Marley and The Wailers

All of the greatest hits but step up by Stephen and Ziggy Marley. My favorite track is Thievery Corporation’s remix for “Get Up Stand Up”


“SurfBOARD!” Enough said.

 Everyday Robots—Damon Albarn

It’s pretty trippy, mellow, and cool. Usual Albarn stuff. There’s an adorable song about a baby elephant called “Mr. Tembo” and beautifully haunting track about a summer drought from Albarn’s childhood.

Book Picks

Half of a Yellow Sun—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I’ve been wanting to read this novel about the 1960’s Nigerian civil war, for a long time. Zadie Smith reminded me: I need to get on this novel when she came to UT to talk about her own writing. I’m going to do it!

Land of Love and Drowning—Tiphanie Yanique

A family saga set against the backdrop of The Virgin Islands, says Goodreads. I’m interested!

The Lowland—Jhumpa Lahiri

I enjoyed her novel The Namesake and her short story collection Interpreter of Maladies. Lahiri’s storytelling abilities transcend cultures in an amazing way.

Your Face in Mine—Jess Row

A futuristic story involving a character who gets “racial reassignment surgery?” Yeah, I’ll try that. It comes out August 2014

Author: charishreid

Writer and Educator.

2 thoughts on “Summer Entertainment

  1. Oh, summer. When we make so many lofty goals and all of our plans turn to shit. As much as I want to believe that this will indeed be the summer when we learn a bunch of Beyonce dances (for no discernible reason), I know full well that I'll just end up doing what I do every summer: reading a ton and watching too much tv. Oh shit, have I already given up? It's only my first full week of summer! 😦


  2. Don't give up yet MoPomp! Start writing that list of things that you could do. Some of those things will take!


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