The good folks that the UNC Alumni Review asked a bunch of faculty and administrators what we were planning to read this summer. What a challenge! We’re all a bunch of speed reading overachievers who obviously set up unrealistic goals for ourselves — there are a big bunch of books from every very busy contributor. And many of us listed our pleasure reading, our speculative reading, our airport and bad weather in the hotel or beach/mountain house reading rather than our reading for research or teaching or even books-by-our-friends reading, me included.

Here’s the full list.

My own list:

  • Blankets, a graphic novel by Craig Thompson
  • Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns by Clayton Christensen, Curtis W. Johnson and Michael B. Horn
  • Honest Signals: How They Shape Our World by Alex Pentland
  • How Many Friends Does One Person Need?: Dunbar’s Number and Other Evolutionary Quirks by Robin Dunbar
  • I Don’t Bow to Buddhas: Selected Poems of Yuan Mei Translated by JP Seaton
  • Juliet Naked by Nick Hornby
  • Makers by Cory Doctorow
  • No Law: Intellectual Property in the Image of an Absolute First Amendment by David Lange and H. Jefferson Powell
  • Praying for Sheetrock by Melissa Fay Greene
  • The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking Is the Next Competitive Advantage by Roger L. Martin
  • Who’s Your City: How the Creative Economy Is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life by Richard Florida