Summer Reading List 2012 | Week 1

What would summer be without a good reading list? Throughout the summer BGSU faculty, staff and students will share their picks for best summer reading. We hope you find time to read some of the selections and share your thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of the page!


Also consider the 2012 BGSU Common Read, A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean by Tori Murden McClure.

Philip M. Stinson, Sr., J.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Criminal Justice Program

At this point in my life, I generally read a book for one of several reasons. I either read for pleasure or to keep current in my academic discipline and related fields. When reading for pleasure, a good book is one that keeps my attention and distracts me from the stressors of day-to-day life. In other words, reading for pleasure has a calming effect for me. When reading a book to keep current in my discipline – or to fill gaps and read because I have more time to read books solely because I want to read than when I was in graduate school and read because I needed to read – a good book is one that adds to my knowledge and is well-written. As a criminologist and (recovering) lawyer, I am passionate about studying, teaching and researching all things related to crime, law, the legal system and the criminal justice system. As a professor, I view a good book as one that helps me become a better teacher because the book either advances my pedagogical skills in the classroom and/or advances my ability to "tell a story" in one of my classes. One of the highest compliments I receive from students is when they tell others that I often teach by weaving good stories into my lectures and classroom discussions.

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