Summer Reading List

Happy Monday Folks!

Now that summer has officially started, I thought it would be a great time to talk about summer reading. I find pleasure reading a lot easier in the summer because I’m not taking as many classes during this time. This summer is the first summer that I will have no classes since starting graduate school! I wanted to take advantage of the extra time by reading a few books. I currently have several books in rotation and thought I would share them with you.

The first book I’m reading is Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris. I decided to add this book to my reading list because research regarding the school-to-prison pipeline usually focuses on Black boys and mass incarceration. Rarely does the discussion and conversation focus on little black girls. I wanted to educate myself on this topic; and so far, Monique Morris does not disappoint!

pushout

After finishing Pushout, I plan to move on to Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America by Charisse Jones and Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden. This book explores the many facets to Black women and their identity as they navigate racial and gender boundaries in the US. A topic I know all to well from my many experiences in mostly white settings.

shifting

Once I finish these two books, I plan to dedicate full reviews on them in an upcoming post. So stay tuned!


In addition to incorporating forensic psychology and mental health related books into my reading list, it is also imperative that I incorporate fiction stories. I love reading fiction because I like getting lost in the characters and it contributes greatly to my self-care. There’s nothing like sitting outside on a nice warm day and getting lost in a great story!

I added The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A Lisbeth Salander Novel by David Lagercrantz.

spiders web

This is the fourth novel in my absolute favorite series, The Millenium Series by Steig Larsson. I’ve read the three preceding books pictured below.

milennium series

I absolutely love the complexity of the characters in this series! And, all books have been turned into movies. I personally prefer the original Swedish version (it has subtitles). If you’re looking for a new series to get into, I fully recommend this one!!!

Finally, I’m reading two Gillian Flynn novels, Sharp Objects and Dark Places. I love the way Gillian Flynn writes her novels and I find them very easy to get lost in. I read her other book, Gone Girl, shortly before the movie came out and really liked it. So, I’m excited to see what happens in these next two stories.


 

I’m always looking for new book recommendations! If you have any, feel free to shoot me an email (lifeoflovejoy1@gmail.com) or leave a comment!

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