Falvey Library Staff Offer 2021 Summer Reading Recommendations
Last week, we shared summer reading recommendations by the faculty of Villanova’s English Department.
This week, we’re happy to share reading recommendations by the staff at Falvey Memorial Library. Once you’ve explored the list below, check out some summer reads suggested by Falvey’s Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement. Hope you’re having a great summer, Wildcats—See you in August!
Shawn Proctor, Communication & Marketing Program Manager
- One Jar of Magic by Corey Ann Haydu: A middle grade fantasy book dealing with an abusive parent and a child who could never live up to unrealistic expectations. Lush and beautiful prose. Poignant and timely story.
- Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson: In this young adult novel, a ne’er-do-well woman reunites with her childhood friend and must watch over her two adopted children…who just so happen to burst into flames whenever they are upset.
- Small Spaces by Katherine Arden: A chilling and engaging middle grade novel in which a girl and her two friends must channel a ghost to survive a cursed night filled with evil scarecrows.
Linda Hauck, Business Librarian
- A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet.
- Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future by Elizabeth Kolbert.
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
- Epidemic Illusions by Eugene Richardson.
- Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener.
Regina Duffy, Communication & Marketing Program Manager
- I’ve been on a bit of a Stephen King kick lately. One of my brothers is a big King fan, so I go to him for recommendations. Currently, I am reading The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands. There are a lot of books in the series, so I had to brace myself before starting. It’s about a gunslinger on a quest for a mythical dark tower and his experiences on his long journey. The series combines elements of western, fantasy, science fiction, and horror. It’s been a fun way to escape the everyday and it’s going to be a long time before I run out of material.
- View all books in The Dark Tower series here. Books can be requested through other libraries via EZ Borrow or ILLiad.
Darren Poley, Associate Director of Research Services
- The Aeneid by Vergil. Translated by Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer, PhD, Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor in Classics and the Program in Gender Studies, University of Chicago.
- Tolkien’s Modern Reading: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages by Holly Ordway, PhD.
- Person and Act and Related Essays by Karol Wojtyla. The English Critical Edition of the Works of Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II, volume 1.
Caroline Sipio, Access & Collections Coordinator
- Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner.
Danielle Adamowitz, Resource Management & Description Coordinator
- The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo.
- The Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow.
- Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan.
- Plus, I’m working by way through Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s backlist.
Mike Sgier, Service Desk Coordinator
- Currently reading: The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman, Monsters by Barry Windsor-Smith.
- On deck: Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler, Children of Dune by Frank Herbert.
Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication & Marketing
- There is nothing like reading about the beach while you’re actually on the beach, so I’m not hesitant to admit that I’ll be loading my waterproof kindle with Elin Hilderbrand‘s (the queen of the smart beach read) latest: The Sixth Wedding: A 28 Summers Story. This is a one-sitting, 76 page sequel to 28 Summers, a romance inspired by the old Alan Alda movie “Same Time, Next Year”.
- And, since that one shouldn’t take more than an afternoon to tackle, I’m also looking forward to exploring two upcoming design books which sound fantastic. The first, Black Designers in American Fashion, describes dressmaking as one of few professions available to Black women after emancipation, and discloses how fashion can uncover hidden histories of activism, especially among designers who went unrecognized due to race.
- The second is Extra Bold: A Feminist, Inclusive, Anti-racist, Nonbinary Field Guide for Graphic Designers. Ellen Lupton, its author, has written dozens of seminal texts in the field; this latest one is being described as “part textbook and part comic book, zine, manifesto, survival guide, and self-help manual.” Both are must reads!
Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. She plans to read “The Octopus Museum: Poems” by Brenda Shaughnessy.