Summer Reading for Farmers

written by Federico Trimeri, the H-FARM Librarian

H-FARM International School
2 min readJun 29, 2022


It’s summertime and the living is easy.

Hang in there: summer is just around the corner.

One more final effort before we can put aside the labours of study and homework for a while.

But whether in the mountains or under a beach umbrella, you can’t miss a book to keep us company for a few lazy hours between the chirping of cicadas and the 14th slice of watermelon.

To quote George R.R. Martin “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies […]. The man who never reads lives only one”. Be curious, go and ride the Shai-Hulud with Fremen in Frank Herbert’s Dune, travel around Italy through the marvellous history of its typography with James Clough, and go and discover new life forms and alternative universes with Asimov.
Here is a selection of titles to improve your skills and explore new worlds.

Evans, Claire Lisa

Connessione : storia femminile di internet / Claire L. Evans ; prefazione di Giulia Blasi ; traduzione di Gabriella Tonoli

Luiss University Press, 2020
Age recommendation: 14+

Herbert, Frank

Dune / Frank Herbert

50. anniversary ed — London : Hodder, [2015]
Age recommendation: 16+

Fartade, Adrian

Come acchiappare un asteroide : viaggio alla scoperta dei corpi celesti minori che ci aiuteranno a salvare la Terra / Adrian Fartade

Milano : Rizzoli. 2020
Age recommendation: 14+

Temporelli, Massimo

Noi siamo tecnologia : dieci invenzioni che ci hanno cambiato per sempre / Massimo Temporelli

Milano : Mondadori, 2021
Age recommendation: 14+

Lawrence, Mathew

Planet on Fire : A Manifesto for the Age of Environmental Breakdown / Mathew Lawrence, Laurie Laybourn-Langton.

London : Verso, 2021
Age recommendation: 16+

Asimov, Isaac

Civiltà extraterrestri / Isaac Asimov ; traduzione di Paola Cusumano e Massimo Parizzi

Milano : Mondadori, 2020
Age recommendation: 16+

Goleman, Daniel

Ecological intelligence. the Coming Age of Radical Transparency / Daniel Goleman.

London : Penguin Books Ltd, 2009
Age recommendation: 16+

Watkins, Alexandra

Hello, my name is awesome : how to create brand names that stick / Alexandra Watkins.

Oakland, Berrett-Koehler Publisher, 2019
Age recommendation: 16+

Clough, James

Signs of Italy : outdoor lettering up and down the boot / James Clough

Milan : Lazy dog press, 2015
Age recommendation: 0–99

But most of all have fun, explore as much of the real world as you can and expand your horizons.

The mind is like a parachute: it only works if it is open.

The author

Federico Trimeri is the H-FARM Librarian. He has a Master degree in Library Science and management and over 7 years of experience working in archives, public, academic, mobile and children’s libraries. He is a bookworm, in love with books, music that nobody listens to and the mountains.