What are you reading?

College students usually spend their summertime working, hanging out with friends and partaking in a family vacation. Don’t forget to include the time spent texting or the hours upon hours of playing the latest video games. The thought of cracking open a book is likely the last thing on their minds. Not the case for five Lycoming College students.

Seniors Alex Beattie, Drew Boyles, Deron Johnson, Phil Shannon and junior Joe Marchese formed a summer book club, aptly titled “In Libris Libertas.” Their goal was to read one book roughly every two weeks. They met once a week on campus in Burchfield Lounge to discuss their latest read.

“To pick which books to read, we discussed which ones we felt most strongly about,” said Boyles. “The first book was the easiest to choose: Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion, since it was both controversial and critically acclaimed. We also picked other books we felt were particularly valuable to read. While each of us had varying opinions on the more controversial topics, we discussed the books quite well.    

“What I enjoyed most was reading books which, on my own, I probably never would have picked up. Carl Sagan’s Contact is a fictional book about contact with aliens. It turned out to be one of the best books we read. Our reading of Soren Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling gave a great perspective into an early existentialist writer. The book club gave us an opportunity to hang out with each other, while still being productive with our summers.”

The books they read were as follows:

  1. The God Delusion - by Richard Dawkins
  2. Zen and the Art of Archery - by Eugen Herrigel
  3. Siddhartha – by Hermann Hesse
  4. Beyond Good and Evil – by Friedrich Nietzsche
  5. Contact – by Carl Sagan
  6. Fear and Trembling – by Soren Kierkegaard
  7. A Brief History of Time – by Stephen Hawking
  8. The Old Man and the Sea – by Ernest Hemmingway
  9. Catcher in the Rye - by J.D. Salinger
eyond Good and Evil– by Friedrich Nietzsche

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