Worried you’ll run out of great books to read and listen to this summer? Check out the eBooks and eAudiobooks in our OverDrive collection! Whether you’re here on campus or not, you can download these to your device using the OverDrive app. You can find the collection and a guide to downloading items here.
We have books to keep you entertained no matter what you’ll be doing this summer. The best part: these books return automatically, and it’s impossible to leave them at a resort in the Catskills. Keep reading for recommendations to complement your summer plans.
Working all summer? I feel you. The hard-working women writers profiled in this book will keep you company and perhaps inspire you to fight the white heteropatriarchal system. Maybe towards the end of the summer after you’ve received your final paycheck.
Chilling with friends
Miss your hometown friends while you’re at St. Mary’s? Express your love with quick, fun gifts that are easy to make. Either that or leave your e-reader (or phone or computer) open on your favorite pages until your crafty friends finally get the hint and make gifts for you instead.
Spending time with family
Sometimes catching up with your sister means staying in your pjs all day and watching the new season of Queer Eye. Other times it means covering up her crimes when she can’t seem to stop killing the men she dates. Family, am I right?
Family is a blessing…unless your family happens to be cursed by fukú, a force that has followed the Waos since the colonization of the Dominican Republic. Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and actor Karen Olivo perform this lively adaptation in which protagonist Oscar writes non-stop and will never be satisfied until one day he blows us all away.
Staying on campus
So you’re staying on campus for the summer? Perfect opportunity to plant those SMCM roots and befriend the animals. This book might also help you make the argument for campus goats. Just saying.
As you nourish your brain, remember to nourish your body! Learn the basics of cooking and impress everyone when they come back to campus in the fall (or get a headstart on all of that #adulting you’ll do after graduation).
Attend your ex-boyfriend’s beautiful wedding as you turn 50 and worry you’ll be forever alone? Thanks, but no thanks! Go jet-setting from continent to continent all summer? Sign me up!
Perhaps your vision for summer involves less jet-setting and more refined garden parties sipping tea under the shade. If so, Shakespearean sonnets performed by legendary English actor John Gielgud may provide the perfect soundtrack. Or at the very least impress any high-society connections you invite to tea.
Set on another planet, our story follows women with magical abilities contending with the worst climate change ever seen–perhaps a sign of the world’s impending doom. Clearly a complete fantasy with no connection to our own planet…right?
Famous as much for his distinctive cosmic vest as his leadership of the Hayden Planetarium, Neil DeGrasse Tyson has become something of an internet sensation. Like iconic astrophysicist Carl Sagan, Tyson’s passion is sparking the public’s interest in science through accessible writing and engaging narration.