Summer Reading Book Discussion Dates Announced

Each summer, the Lewis Honors College faculty and staff share suggested reading to incoming students to be discussed during August orientation. This year, the Lewis Honors College has shared a list of seven books for students to select from on topics ranging from navigating your twenties to the power of education. Each book was selected by representatives from different areas of the college. There are selections from diversity and inclusion, personal development, advising, faculty, college life, our Lewis Lecture series and a text from our HON 101 course. 

The book selection for HON 101, Ross Gay's "The Book of Delights," is the only book on the list that is formally required for all incoming Honors students as it is utilized in the course that all first-year Honors students must complete. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Czarena Crofcheck noted, “The Book of Delights was selected by the Lewis faculty as the required text for all sections of HON 101. Adding the book to the Summer Reading list is just to encourage students to get the book early and possibly start reading early. In this way, discussions about the book can start on the first day of class or even before.”

The purpose of summer reading is to get students thinking about the larger questions they will be asked in Honors classes. It also provides a means for connection with their peers and professors before the start of the semester. Dr. Crofcheck added, "The Honors summer reading project offers students an opportunity to start the year with a common experience with other students, as well as faculty and staff in Lewis. We know students are excited about starting classes, but we want them to also be excited about discussions among students." 

For more information on Honors summer reading, discussion group dates and contacts for registering, visit our summer reading webpage. Below is a complete list of the suggested summer reading. 

Honors 2020 Summer Reading

The Book of Delights by Ross Gay.
On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books by Karen Swallow Prior.
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. 
U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life) by Lerner & Schlecter.
The Mindful 20 Something by Holly B Rogers. 
The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf by Mohja Kahf.
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn.