Savoring the freedom of the summer, finishing my half of the book with Zarko Radakovic (We: A Friendship) and writing an introduction to a collection of my essays to be published as Dwelling in the Promised Land as a Stranger: Personal Encounters with Mormon Institutions, I read some of the books I had looked forward to for the summer and some books that surprised me as they surfaced.
The Goethe/Schiller correspondence, for instance, turned out to be a good source for the friendship book as I featured correspondence between Zarko and Alex Caldiero and myself.
Bryan Waterman’s and Brian Kagel’s The Lord’s University was indispensable as I returned to the BYU of the 1990s for my introduction. Ziolkowski and Richards provided good background for my thinking about German Romantic texts in preparation for my fall seminar. There were fewer crime novels or mysteries than I would have expected over a summer. And, of course, I didn’t get around to lots of books I planned to (and still plan to) read.
Books read on the left, books unread but still anticipated on the right.