Updated: Jul 9
School is out and it is officially summer, which means time to refresh from the year with a stack of summer reading. Each year I decide on a personal summer reading list and this year I decided to let you in on what I’m reading! Please feel free to join me or tell me about the titles you have curated for yourself so I can add them to my ever growing “to read” list.
This year, after much personal deliberation, I decided on five books for my summer stack. Genres include: two memoirs, one non-fiction self-improvement, and two fantasy novels. Keep reading to find out more about the titles I chose and why!
Cheers to Summer and Happy Reading!
I always ask for books for Christmas. This year Michelle Obama’s book Becoming was at the top of my list for my husband to wrap under the tree. I have always been so inspired by the former First Lady’s fierceness and strength. I’m all about learning from other strong female leaders.
There has been a steady collective buzz surrounding Tara Westover’s Educated. I have to admit: I walked by this book several times this spring without picking it up and bringing it home. It wasn’t until after I had a conversation about it with a colleague of mine, where she gave it as glowing of a review as all the other avid book readers out there, that I decided I must read it. I am always up for an excellent memoir!
In short, I’m always down for a great non-fiction read. This summer I chose to go with the self-improvement genre because there are so many good ones out there right now. I chose Atomic Habits based solely on the glowing recommendation from other teachers in the Teacher Instagram world who read it this year and loved it!
Ok, GoT fans! This one is for you. Without getting too much into the “hated it” or “loved it” debate on Season 8 of my beloved show, all I will say is that I am bummed that it is all over and that I no longer have my usual Sunday nights in April to look forward to. In recognition of that, I decided to endeavor on the journey that is reading the source material (the novels) for the show. How many of you have actually tackled the book series? I’m going to start with book one and slowly work my way through the entire series during the rest of this year.
Those of you who follow what I have been doing in my classroom will recognize this title. One of my students chose Red Queen as her final “Book Love” book for the Choice Reading Unit at the end of the school year. During this unit, students applied Literary Lenses to the critical reading of their texts as a way for them to discover, uncover, and think critically about their chosen work of literature. I had so much fun during our book talks with the student who chose Red Queen that I decided I have to read it myself. It didn’t hurt that she avidly recommended it to me as well. I love making authentic connections with my students and reading along side them! I can’t wait to discuss the book with her when we get back to school in the fall!
Obviously, if I could, my list would not stop at just five books but I think this is a good number for the summer. If I crush it I will add more!
Let me know if you plan to join me and for which read so we can chat all about it! Comment on this post or send me a message!
Cheers to summer!