Great Books

I have been an avid reader ever since my big sister taught me how to read when I was four. I loved going to the library as a child, coming home with a bag full of books and spending the rest of the afternoon reading. I am still that way, except it is rare that I have time to sit down and read a whole book from cover to cover in one day as I used to do. As a result, I read in shorter segments, and I am also trying to get more comfortable reading on my iPad. So far, I don’t have any trouble reading novels and other texts that I read in a more linear fashion from beginning to end, but I’m still a little slow in using the highlighting and note features when I read a textbook or reference work in which I have to jump from section to section and then remember what I have found.

On this page, I am going to keep a list of the books I have been reading as well as links to other such lists on the web.

Teaching and Learning:

  • Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses.  Richard Arum.
  • Best Practices in Writing Instruction.  Steve Graham, Charles A. MacArthur, Jill Fitzgerald.
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. John Medina
  • Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty.  Elizabeth Barkley, K. Patricia Cross, Claire Howell Major.
  • How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching.  Susan A. Ambrose.
  • Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty.  Elizabeth F. Barkley.

Technology Integration:

  • E-Learning and the Science of Instrution.  Richard E. Mayer.
  • Teaching with Digital Video: Watch, Analyze, Create.  Glen L. Bull.

Novels, Essays, and Biographies:

  • Biko – Cry Freedom.  Donald Woods.
  • Half of a Yellow Sun.  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
  • Happiness: Essentional Mindfulness Practices.  Thich Nhat Hanh.
  • High Tide in Tucson: Essays from Now or Never.  Barbara Kingsolver.
  • Netherland: A Novel.  Joseph O’Neill.
  • Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses.  Claire Dederer.
  • The Devil’s Star.  Jo Nesbo.
  • The Lemon Tree.  Sandy Tolan.
  • The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life.  Amy Tan.