Sponsored by the LOGOS Committee
The LOGOS Committee was founded with the mission to promote critical thinking, critical reading, and writing. It is our professional responsibility to help develop this proficiency among our students, faculty, and staff, and what better way to encourage critical reading than with a summer reading contest?
Literature seeks to bring readers into a conversation about powerful ideas in a novel or creative way, present varied perspectives, discuss thought-provoking ideas, and reach readers emotionally. As a result, literature provides an irreplaceable value to both society and individual readers. The goal of this contest is to encourage reading and reflection on the value of that reading.
For this reading contest, you will select any book of your choosing, read it, and then answer a few questions:
- What do you believe is the cultural relevance of this book? How do you view it as a product or reflection of its society?
- What is an audience whom you believe will find specific value in this book? Why? Be specific.
- What do you believe is the value of this book to your society?
- Have you discovered that this book is valuable to you personally? If so, please describe the ways in which this book has been valuable to you.
The Grand Prize will be a $100 Gift Certificate to the MACC Bookstore (one for students and one for faculty/staff), with additional opportunities to win MACC swag including t-shirts, water bottles, and much more. Winners will be randomly drawn from all valid entries; participants must be current MACC students or faculty/staff during the Summer and/or Fall 2023 semesters. You may read as many books as you would like; each book read counts as one submission. The contest will run from June 1 to September 30. Winners will be selected in October 2023. Prizes will be available for pickup at your campus.
Dr. Andrea Weingartner, Assistant Professor of History
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Allen Shepard, Associate Professor of Language and Literature
1984 by George Orwell
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Dubliners by James Joyce
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway
Dr. Todd Martin, Vice President of Instruction
The Soul of Baseball, by Joe Posnanski
Our Team, by Luke Epplin
American Buffalo, by Steven Rinella
Katelyn Wilson, Associate Dean of Academic and Career & Technical Education
Verity, Collen Hoover
Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult
Handle with Care, Jodi Picoult
Heart Bones, Colleen Hoover
Becky Allen, Professor of Psychology
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle
To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Dr. Todd Bowdish, Instructor of Biology
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Michelle Scanavino, Professor of Biology
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
The Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis
Felicia Leach, Associate Professor of Art
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Rilk
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
The Master and the Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Robert Williams, Professor & Teacher Education Program Coordinator
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 by Hunter S. Thompson
Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum
Joe Thrower, Instructor of Philosophy
History of the Hussite Revolution by Howard Kaminsky
Bonnhoffer by Eric Metaxis
Lincoln’s Melancholy by Joshua Shenk