Summer days are here and that means it's time for me to choose
my vacation reading. There are many reading lists on the internet,
and I pulled together a few that caught my attention. I have
organized them into categories of social work and psychology,
substance abuse, gambling, parenting, fiction, history, and
Social Work and
Services at the State University of New York at Geneseo provides a
Self-Help Lending Library. This list of books covers several
areas from alcoholism to stress reduction. Most of the books were
published in the 1980's and 1990's, but some have become standards
Services at Hobart and William Smith Colleges also provides a
Recommended Self-Help Books, different from the one mentioned
in the above paragraph. This list is little more updated with
The Counseling and
Testing Center at the University of Idaho provides a
Self-Help Library. This one differs in that it offers
sections on depression, communication skills, and career
Some of the teachers
at Stanford University got together and created a
Suggested Reading in Psychology list. Each teacher involved
in the project gives a short list of books which they personally
The Pam Pohly
Associates website provides an extensive list of
Behavioral Health, Social Work & Psychiatry Management Books.
This is a useful list for therapists and supervisors who need
information on insurance, ethics, and private practice guidelines.
The American Library
Association has a list of social science books in their
YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) section. The
books found here are not typically M.S.W. required readings, but
might be helpful in understanding the subject from another
The School Library
Journal provides a
Body Image reading list for middle and high school students.
This list includes both fiction and non-fiction.
offers an extensive listing of
Psychology books. This webpage is neatly arranged with
sections on New Arrivals, Top Ten, and an alphabetical topic list.
Since I am accustomed to Barnes & Noble and Amazon, I found
Powell's to be a welcomed additional resource.
Janus Head, 2003 Winter Special Issue, provides the
Interdisciplinary Studies in Addiction: A Reading List. Most
of the listed books deal with the history of addiction and the
impact of addiction on culture.
Unhooked.com, provides the Unhooked.com Science Reading
List. Their list contains books on the genetics and
physiological aspects of addiction. There are also sections on
women, youth, nicotine addiction, the Twelve Steps, and more.
offers a webpage book listing on
Addiction and Recovery. Included is a useful section on
Professional Reference. The Powell's website could be used to
read the book reviews and also to make book purchases: there are
numerous books for $7.00 or less.
Council on Compulsive Gambling provides a
Suggested Reading List. The list is 7 pages in PDF form.
The Teaching Values
website provides a list of
Recommended Children's Books that teach values. The books are
listed according to values such as courage, optimism, compassion,
determination, generosity, kindness, and perseverence.
Booklist website offers Reading Lists
which include annual updates (archives are available back to
1998). Parents might be interested to know there are selections
from science and social studies.
The University of
California, Berkeley, offers a unique website on Golden
Gate Mysteries. Over 1,250 mystery, detective, and crime
fiction books are listed. Each story involves the city of San
Robert Dallek has
selected what he considers the five best presidential biographies
in his list,
Hail to the Chiefs. He has selected from a range of both old
and current publications.
NPR and a Seattle
librarian, Nancy Pearl, offer a list on
The Best in Political Fiction. This list also contains both
old and current books.
The We Shall
Overcome website provides a
Histories of the Civil Rights Movement reading list. It
includes histories, autobiographies and biographies, and a special
list for young people.
If you plan to start
college in September, you might want to double check your reading
accomplishments. Or, if you graduated years ago, you might want
to update your personal library. I found a nicely organized
College Bound Reading List at the Chico High School website.
It covers American Literature and World Literature, as well as
other subjects. There are also some useful educational links.
For the purpose of
comparison, and just to take a trip down memory lane, I enjoyed
The Wisconsin Council of English Teachers presentation on a
1962 Reading List for College-Bound Students. For better or
worse, some books are no longer required and newer publications
have been added since 1962. (This list has been reprinted and
posted on the web by Ernie Seckinger
That's more than
enough reading to keep me busy for several summers! Please note
that I do not endorse any of the above lists or their sponsors.
This essay has been posted for informational purposes only.
links were last repaired on 11/02/09.]
Until we meet