What’s on your reading list for this summer?

Here are some of mine…


On the nonfiction side, I’ll be reading from among these…

Always On: How the iPhone Unlocked the Anything, Anytime, Anywhere Future.
This will help me think through the questions that we’ll bring up at M2012
this September in Motown about where we’re going as a species.

Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World
I remember sitting at a table once with Len Sweet, Tom Wolf, and my brother, Erwin, some 15 or more years ago when Len said to us, Buddhism is the religion of the 21st century. Every year that seems more true. The influence of Buddhism permeates our lives. So I’m extending my life long interest in the religions of the world to this book written by the Dalai Lama for the summer.

The Moral Landscape: How Science can Determine Human Values
My gut instinct tells me this is going to be a snoozer, but, unless it puts me to sleep, I want to give anti-theist Sam Harris a chance to explain how science will tells us what is right and wrong.

The Next 100 years: A Forecast for the 21st Century
Because I can’t help it.

Reinventing Life: A Guide to Our Evolutionary Future
Our choices will alter the evolution of the world and of our own species.


I’m more of a fiction reader. This year I’ve enjoyed the Hunger Games Trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and the Enders Game first Volume and the second volume, Speaker for the Dead. As I turn towards summer I’m wondering what I should start with? Any recommendations?

What are you thinking about reading (fiction or nonfiction) this summer?


6 responses to “Summer Reading for 2012”

  1. david Avatar

    interesting list Alex, thanks for sharing.
    I’ll probably have to read something on science and evolution, more conversations happening about that with some friends these days. what are your thoughts on the recent stats of Xians believing in creationism from Gallop – not much has changed in 30 years.

    Then this: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/2012/06/03/creationism-evolution-politics/

    Appreciate your insight. Feel free to respond by email if that’s better.

    (BTW, I’m not pushing one view or another, but trying to help people who’ve been swayed away from faith b/c of their view)

    1. Alex McManus Avatar

      Hey David. I think you’re right, David. The worldview we swim in is an evolutionary one. That’s no problem for
      me…I enjoy swimming in those waters and feel no threat to faith in them. As far as I can see, the concerns American evangelicals have with evolution are inconsequential. Fundamentalists Christians and Fundamentalists Secular Scientists both need the same medicine: the universe is stranger than we can even imagine. Open up to the possibilities.

      Thanks for your input.

  2. Chris Marsden Avatar

    Definitely finish the Ender series. I am currently reading the second series that focuses around Bean (Enders Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, etc…)

    My plan for this summer is to start into this list that I found late last year. I’ve read about 30-50% of what’s on there, but what I haven’t all seem like those books I should have read at some point, just didn’t get around to. http://www.npr.org/2011/08/11/139085843/your-picks-top-100-science-fiction-fantasy-books

    First up, after I finish the second Ender series… Stranger in a Strange Land.

    In the non-fiction world, there are a ton I should read, but after this spring I am planning to give my brain some room to create.

    1. Alex McManus Avatar

      Thanks Chris!

      I am a huge Heinlein fan. (So is my brother, Erwin). His fiction has ignited my imagination since I was a kid and through my college years.
      (I even recently reread and enjoyed The Moon is a Harsh Mistress). Let me know what you think of Stranger in a Strange Land. Thanks for
      sharing that list.

  3. Quinn Barreth Avatar
    Quinn Barreth

    I don’t like most modern fantasy, but I was very captivated by Patrick Rothfuss’s Name of the Wind series (two books thus far). I will likely re-read those.

    Plus, I’d like to read The Hobbit with my boys (8&6) before the movie comes out and destroys their imagination for it.

    1. Alex McManus Avatar

      Just saw the trailer for the Hobbit. Can’t wait to see it. Thanks for the input.

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