Winter 2016

Check out our suggested reading lists for the winter break provided by the W&M Libraries Student Ambassadors and our faculty and staff.

Student Ambassadors

The Shadow of the Wind

By Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Escape the cold of winter by traveling to a dark Barcelona in 1945 where the characters and events of Daniel Sempere's new favorite book seem to come to life around him. Full of beautiful language, an exciting and dramatic storyline, and the beautiful writing of one of Spain's most renowned authors, you won't be able to put this one down.

A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens

This wonderful classic Christmas story investigates human compassion at a time of year when we're all coming together. If you have read it, read it again to remind yourself what the holiday season is all about.

The Diviners

By Libba Bray

Full of supernatural mystery and charm set in the 1920s, this book will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Slaughterhouse Five

By Kurt Vonnegut

I enjoyed this book primarily for its satirical nature and for its interesting storyline. Definitely an engaging and unconventional novel!

The Poisonwood Bible

By Barbara Kingsolver

This is a story about sisterhood, cultural differences, and growing up. It's the most perfect and all-encompassing book I've ever read.


By Diana Gabaldon

This book features the strongest female protagonist I've ever seen. But be warned: no real-life man will ever measure up to Gabaldon's character Jamie Fraser!

Faculty and Staff

President W. Taylor Reveley III


Virginia Ambler, VP for Student Affairs:

Provost Michael Halleran, Professor of Classical Studies:

Dr. Kelly Crace, Associate VP for Health and Wellness:

Andrew Stelljes, Assistant VP for Student Engagement:

Biology Department

Professor Beverly Sher

Professor John Swaddle

Professor Kurt Williamson

  • To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis (Ordered and coming soon to Swem)
  • The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin

Mason School of Business

Professor Katherine Guthrie, Finance

Professor Michael Luchs, Marketing

Chemistry Department

Professor Jordan Walk

Department of Classical Studies

Professor Georgia Irby

Department of English

Professor Brian Castleberry

Professor Arthur Knight

Professor Walter Wenska

Professor Christopher MacGowan

Professor Chelsey Johnson

Professor Francesca Sawaya

Government Department

Professor Michael Tierney

  • Global Shell Games by Findley, Nielson, and Sharman
  • Why Comrades Go to War by Phil Roessler (Ordered and coming soon to Swem)

Professor Debra Shushan

Professor Jackson Sasser

Lion G. Tyler Department of History

Professor Ronald Schechter

Professor Betsy Konefall

Department of Mathematics

Professor Rachel Delbos

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Professor Julie Hugonny, French

Professor John Riofrio, Hispanic Studies

Professor Jorge Terukina, Hispanic Studies

Department of Philosophy

Professor Chad Vance

Physics Department

Professor David Armstrong

Department of Theatre, Speech, and Dance

Professor Francis Tanglao Aguas