Doug’s Suggested Summer Reads – For Every Program


Have you ever taken a little time off in the summer, and want to keep up with your professional reading but feel a little guilty? Here is your dilemma: you want to keep up with your reading (really, you do!), but you just want to take it down a notch.

Doug Murdock, Campus Librarian

Well throughout time, authors have written books about most professions that are light, fun or just silly. That said, since summer is fast upon us, I prepared a list—a “treasure chest” of career-related summer reads that you might never come across that you can enjoy during these lazy, hazy, days of summer.  So here you are.

Doug’s Favorite Career-Related Summer Reads

Veterinarian or Vet Tech Books

“All Things Bright and Beautiful” /James Herriot. This is such an amazing book for so many reasons. If you are a vet tech student and have not read this book, you should do so now—immediately! You won’t be disappointed.

“Vet Tech Tales: The Early Years (Confessions of an Animal Junkie) [Kindle Edition]” / Phoenix Sullivan. This book is one of the first e-books of this kind. Intrigued, I bought it, and it turned out to be good and well worth the money (99 cents!)

Summer Reading for All You Legal Eagles!

“Glover’s Mistake” / Nick Laird. This is #1 on FindLaw’s  Top 10 Legal (and Non-Legal) Summer Beach Reads. Simply put, this book is a hoot.  The author is a former attorney, and the book is full of irony and satire; it is about a “love triangle” and sometimes quartet gone wrong.

“Freedom” / Jonathan Franzen. Freedom ranked #2 on the same list and was a selection on Oprah’s Book Club.

Medical Books for Your Summer Reading Pleasure

“Pioneer Doctor: The Story of a Woman’s Work” / Mari Grana. Pioneer Doctor is an inspirational story of a woman who practiced medicine in Montana in the 1890s. Amazing if you think of all the obstacles she had to overcome.

“Out of My Life and Thought: An Autobiography” (of Albert Schweitzer). The book highlights a truly great man who was a medical doctor in Africa, an author, a musician, a theologian and a philosopher. Most of this he did after he was 70!

 Healthcare Management

If Disney Ran Your Hospital: 9 1/2 Things You Would Do Differently /Fred Lee. A interesting book, written from the patient’s perspective. It shows hospitals how they can change a stay from an ordeal to an experience.

Business Summer Reading

“Decisive: How To Make Better Choices For Life and Work” / Chip Heath & Dan Heath. The very informative online newsletter Small Business Trends recently published their list of top business beach reads. This was their top choice.

“Contagious: Why Things Catch On” / John Burger. And this was their second choice!

Accounting Books For Your Summer Enjoyment

“Three of the Cheapest Places to Retire in the U.S. in 2012” /Thomas Corley. Moreover, the online newsletter Accounting Today recently published their “Top Ten” summer beach reads list, and this was #1.

“Succession Transition: A Roadmap for seamless transitions in leadership” / Bill Hermann & Gordon Krater. This was #3 on their list. (#2 was boring!) Click on the above beach reads list for more ideas!

Massage Therapy Books For Summer Study

“Best Damn Head Massage Ever! Quick Fix for: Headaches, Tension and Neck Pain (MASSAGE TIME Self Care Informational) [Kindle Edition]”  / Mary Lea McKennan. Another e-book that I tried ($2.99) and it works. It’s darn handy to have in this format if you’re going to try it on yourself.

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Doug Mudock

Exciting Criminal Justice Books to While Away The Summer

Anything by Agatha Christie will have you on the edge of your seat. Best known for her Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot characters, both series take place in post-World War I England. They can be enjoyed in any order you like, and are available at most libraries and used bookshops.

So what are the most “unique” career-related books that you have come across? Tell me about them! Reply to this post, and if I agree, you’ll win a prize.


~ Submitted by Doug Murdock, Book Worm & Campus Librarian