Pre Grad School Summer Reading List- The SLP edition 

After being accepted to Graduate School this year, 

 -I can imagine like everyone- 

I went to the forum boards to find out what I could do to prepare.

I think most, for the most part,  are over achievers and will  do anything and everything to have a leg up on our course work. 

The ambiguity and suspense of it all serves as the driving force. 

What should we be doing? 

Should we be reading?

Should we be working more?

Should we be learning something? AHHHHHHHHH


Well after hours of scurrying , going through grad cafe forums and talking to current and former students  they all seemed to have one big message.


Well, that was uneventful.


That’s really hard to do if you’ve been working your butt off like I have to get into graduate school.

It’s really hard to do. 

I did find that there were a lot of book suggestions to read before starting and books that were assigned in graduate courses. 

Finally an activity that fills my need to do something and simultaneously serves to RELAX me. 

I begin my journey to relaxation and  compiled a list,  so far Its been great and definitely insightful. I am actually learning things too, even if it’s how to better relate to future clients. 

So drum roll please!

Here is the list of books I am reading this summer in no particular order.

Schuyler’s Monster: A Father’s Journey with His Wordless Daughter by St. Martin’s Griffin

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death by Jean Dominique Bauby 

Where is the Mango Princess? A Journey Back from Brain Injury by Cathy Crimmins

Look me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robinson 

So far I’ve finished ” Where is the Mango Princess?” and started “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”. 

 I’ll be posting follow-up blogs on each novel with some tad bits and reviews. 

So far, “Where is the Mango princess?” has served as an insight into a patient’s and his families perspective and journey with TBI! 


Author: Rosy Speaks

Graduate Speech and Language Pathology Student

2 thoughts on “Pre Grad School Summer Reading List- The SLP edition ”

  1. Hi Rosy:

    Welcome to the path of the #slp2b! I know you probably have heard this a lot, but getting into an SLP program is a big deal! Congrats on your dedication into this very trying but worth-it part of the journey.
    I think the advice of the Grad Cafe forum is very sound, you literally will not have time to leisurely read for at least 2 years…so depending on what kind of reader you are, try to get it all in now…or not. Either way, you’ll have plenty of reading that may or may not be “fun” to keep you busy and will even hold you over during weekends, holidays, you name it.
    I, like you, documented a lot of my journey as much as possible during grad school at Howard. Feel free to check out my blog and YT channel:

    Happy summer, I’ll def be looking into the Mango Princess book!


    1. It was really good! 🙂 I’ve been reading all summer long and taking online classes. I recently finished wonder which was such a great book. My favorite so far has been look me in the eye! Very insightful. I’ll check our your blog! Thanks 🙂


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