‘Judging a Book by its Cover Summer’

by Francine Holmes

No more assigned readings, now is my chance to finally read what I want! My reading list for the summer.


  My original thought when I decided to post this list, was to give a brief synopsis on each book and the reasons why I want to read it.  But as I decided against it, I came up with what I think is going to be my summer anthem ‘Judging a Book by its Cover Summer’. The idea is simple, it is to decide to read a book based solely on either the title, the author or the obvious: the cover! And “Yes” this anthem is only applicable to books, I will casually take this on without any pressure to meet any deadlines. I am loving ‘the randomness’ of it all.     

“Yes this anthem is

only applicable to books”

There was no particular rhyme or reason to the method, I just went for it. My list is randomly compiled, it isn’t thematic or listed in a specific order.  I’ve actually already read two of these, that is why I deemed them worthy inclusions in this arbitrary  line-up.

1. The Sellout by Paul Beatty
2. Foreign Gods, INC. by Okey Ndibe
3. A Human Being Died That Night by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
4.Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
5.The Purple Violet of Oshaantu by Neshani Andreas


6. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff
7. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. In The United States of Africa by Abdourahman A. Waberi
9. The White Boy Shuffle by Paul Beatty
10. Discourse On Colonialism by Aime Cesaire
11. Diagnostic And Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-5 by American Psychiatric Association

It was such a nice list at exactly 10 books, but …there you have it number 11, because school may be out but it is never over!  Make this the ‘Judging a book by its cover summer’, create a list and have fun.

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