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