Summer 16 Reading List

Hi all,

I hope all is well with you and that life is treating you well. One thing I enjoy about summer and will soon have to give up is the free time is offers. Sure I’m interning, but that isn’t as demanding everything I do during the school year, it also might have to the do with the fact I don’t know a lot of people, but that’s another post. Aside from writing fanfics, mapping out my novel, building my portfolio, and researching grad programs, I have been getting my summer reading list together. There’s nothing quite like checking a few books off of my Goodreads list while adding several more. I thought I might share with you all what I plan to read this summer

Race, Gender, and Leadership: Re-envisioning Organizational Leadership From the Perspectives of African American Women Executives by Patricia S. Parker: 

This is the book I’m currently reading. It was written by my department chair, who I absolutely adore, so even if I didn’t like the book I wouldn’t trash it. lol. The book focuses on black women in America have been positioned in terms of how race and gender can influence leadership styles in the corporate world. Dr Parker is one of the few people doing this sort of work by positioning black women at the center. If you enjoy anything about business, feminism, leadership, race, intersectionality, or communication, this is the book for you.

Case in Point by Marc P. Cosentino:

If you’re considering going into the consulting field on any level, this book is a must read. It offers greats insights into the business and numerous frameworks to tackle case questions. While it isn’t the most exciting read off the bat, I do enjoy this form of problem-solving, and it’ll help me be sharp for the fall.

Cuando Era Puertorriqueña (When I Was Puerto Rican) By Esmeralda Santiago:

Back in the 9th grade I read this book in English and enjoyed it thoroughly. That was nearly seven years ago and my Spanish has improved a great deal since then, so I figured by not read an entire novel in Spanish. It’ll help to strengthen my vocabulary and keep my mind first. The book itself is an autobiography detailing struggles with poverty and struggles of adjusting to a new country,culture, and language at a young age. Given the current political state with the election and what is happening in Puerto Rico, I figured it would be a good time to return to the work and be reminded of the resilience and brilliance of mi gente.

A selection from Petitely Packaged Summer 16 Reading List

Harry Potter Series Book #4-#7 by J.K. Rowling:


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So I was one of those people who didn’t read Harry Potter when the books were first coming out. Unlike some of my cousins and friends, it was a personal choice, and not caused by overly religious parents. I can still recall the day I first picked up a Harry Potter book. I was int he 3rd grade and wanted the AR points to get back to being #1. Well, I don’t know if it was the unbearable Florida heat or lack of interest, but after two chapters I was done with the series. I have every book in paper copy and can recite lines from the movies, but it wasn’t until the summer after my first year of college I decided to drive in. Seeing as undergrad is coming to an end, it’s only fitting to end how I began.


A selection from Petitely Packaged Summer 16 Reading List

The Rooster’s Garden (The Tasha Trilogy Book 2) by Olivia A. Cole:

This book is the sequel to Panther in the Hive. It’s a YA dystopian revolving around the life of Tasha.  It has zombies and fashion references with a fly WOC as the focus. From what I’ve been told this book will answer a lot of questions from PITH. Unlike other books in this genre, the focus isn’t some romance or some useless love triangle. If you enjoy this dystopian books and appreciate themes such as materialism, income inequality, capitalism, and race this is the series for you. I’m looking forward to catching up on what’s been going on in Tasha’s world.

I would love to know what you all intend to read this summer if anything. If you’d like to share you can tweet me, leave a comment, tag me in an IG post, or drop in my inbox on Tumblr.

Until Next Time,
Aitza B
Looking for more to read, check out 2017’s summer reading list.