May 4, 2009

Emily Bunch (Theta Iota-James Madison)
Educational Leadership Consultant

Spending the last few months on the road has brought back my love of literature, classic and contemporary. With all of the time on airplanes and sitting in airports I have been able to catch up on some of the novels I’ve been putting off. While I’ve read many books this year – some lighthearted, some educational, some inspirational – I have truly enjoyed reading them all and wished to recommend a few here.
The Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella is simply priceless. Every girl has a secret love for shopping but in this series it is taken to the extreme. Despite the first book Confessions of a Shopaholic being made into a movie, I still suggest it as a great read.

The author of the Shopaholic series started writing individual novels under the name Madeleine Wickham. Cocktails for Three and The Gatecrasher were two books I picked up on the road simply because the covers were appealing. I know you should never judge a book by its cover, but both of these were worth the purchase.

Out of all of the books I’ve read over the last year, I definitely recommend The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch the most. I started reading this memoir without any idea of the lessons it held. Randy Pausch has an incredible story to tell and everyone can take away something meaningful from his amazing life.

As a professional in the Greek community, Goat: A Memoir by Brad Land is a heartbreaking story explaining one man’s experience as a fraternity pledge. This memoir brings forward the reality of hazing and how devastating it can be.

As I wrap up my first year as an ELC and head home for the summer, I am looking forward to continuing to check books off my list and adding more back on for my return to the ELC position next year.

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