Summer always seems to be the season when I vow to catch up on things that I have put on the back burner for the school year. One thing that I really want to focus on this summer is reading. I’m trying to make sure to read with Jack every day, but I know the best way to help him become a reader is for him to see me reading on a regular basis, so I’m trying to make reading time more of a priority in my daily life.
I’m planning lots of reading time on this swing while I watch Jack play this summer. We also have two road trips planned, which is where I usually get lots of reading done in the car. Here are five books I can’t wait to read this summer:
- Heroine by Mindy McGinnis – I recently attended a Young Adult Literature conference (one of the perks of being an English teacher) and the presenter at the conference did a great job talking up this book. I left with about 100 new titles on my TBR list, and this one was at the top (right behind A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti, which I have already devoured and gave 5 stars on Goodreads). I’m trying to focus a little more on YA titles this summer so I can have some good recommendations for my students next year, and this one is at the top of my list. The book is about a young girl who gets addicted to heroine and chronicles her downward spiral into that addiction. While I know this book will be dark and heavy (due to the content), I am still excited to read it because I think this is something that so many of my students could possibly relate to. I also think the cover of this book is absolutely genius, given the content.
- Moonrise by Sarah Crossan – This is another book that was added to my list during that YA Lit conference. This one sounds super interesting – it’s about a young boy whose brother is on death row and the boy goes to see him for the last few weeks of his life before his execution – but it is also totally out of my comfort zone. The entire book is written in verse. I’m excited to try something so different from the books I usually read.
- Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell – I love a good mystery book. This is one that I got in my Book of the Month box months ago and haven’t gotten around to reading yet. I actually read a few chapters and was really enjoying it, but got busy with work and life and put it down. I’m looking forward to picking this one back up and finishing it soon.
- Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep – When I was younger, I never read nonfiction unless it was assigned reading for a class (and then I would just skim it to answer the questions the teacher asked). Now that I’m older, I love nonfiction, and this book jumped to the top of my TBR list as soon as I saw Harper Lee’s name in the title. I love Lee’s book, To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s probably in my top five favorite books ever and I love teaching it to my freshmen students. I also love teaching Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood to my juniors, especially because I get to show the movie Capote with that unit. I love how the movie shows how Harper Lee helped Capote do the research for the book and I think Philip Seymour Hoffman did an amazing job capturing Capote’s personality and acting it out. When I found this title and realized that Harper Lee had also been working on a true crime novel, I was instantly hooked. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this and learn all about the case that Cep says haunted Harper Lee.
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – I have heard so many great things about this book and I honestly just want to see what all the fuss is about. It comes highly recommended from lots of friends on social media and some of my coworkers as well.
What’s on your summer reading list? Let me know in the comments! I love hearing what others are reading and loving so I can add to my never-ending TBR list.