Summer Reading List 2022

Almost every summer, I put together some kind of summer reading list. They usually a combination of books that I want to read, books that I should read, and books that I have to read, and they are almost always aspiration rather than prescriptive. 

You can check them out here: 2021202020192018, 20172016201520142013, and 2011.

This year, the top book on my reading list is Marlon James’s Moon Witch, Spider King (2022) which is the follow up to his Black Leopard, Red Wolf. This book is long, but if it is in keeping with the first book in the trilogy, then it’ll move along smartly and read much shorter than its 600+ pages implies. This feels like the ideal book for my long flight to Cyprus next week.

I also have sitting on my Kindle the three late-1980s novels from George Alec Effinger’s Budayeen Cycle: When Gravity Fails, A Fire in the Sun, and The Exile Kiss. These novels are set in a futuristic Middle East and represent landmarks of the cyberpunk genre that use exotic locales to bridge the gap between the past and near future. 

I have a couple of things to read as well with archaeological themes: Don DeLillo’s The Names (1982), Cynthia Ozick’s Antiquities (2021), and Andreas Karkavitsas’s The Archeologist and Selected Sea Stories translated by Johanna Hanink (2021). This feels like good reading before my afternoon siestas.

I also want to read some things related to teaching. My brother recommended Stanislas Dehaene’s How We Learn: Why Brains Learn Better Than Any Machine . . . for Now (2020) and Joseph McDonald, et al., The Power of Protocols: An Educator’s Guide to Better Practice (2003).

I’m teaching a class on editing and publishing in the fall and I need to find some books to use in that class. I have a few that I like that I need to review. There’s the classic Gerald Gross edited volume Editors on Editing: What Writers Need to Know About What Editors Do (1993). It could complement Peter Ginna’s slim volume: What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing (2017). I might also add  
Travis Kurowski, Wayne Miller, and Kevin Prufer’s 2016 edited volume, Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century (2016). 

Finally, I want to read Catherine Keane’s dissertation on Early Christian ecclesiastical complexes in Cyprus. And I’m excited to read Chris Gratien’s The Unsettled Plain An Environmental History of the Late Ottoman Frontier (2022) and the late Clive Foss’s book The Beginnings of the Ottoman Empire (2022). And, I need to re-read Michael Roller’s An Archaeology of Structural Violence: Life in a Twentieth Century Coal Town (2018) for a review.

This list of works is obviously ridiculously ambitious, but it hopefully it serves its aspiration purpose well!


  1. The Names by Delilo is SO good…Curious what you think. Blog about it, if you read!


    1. Will do! It’s on my Kindle!!


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