I LOVE SUMMER! Having just finished my first year of teaching, and wondering in August, then again in October, then in December, January, and once again in March if I was even going to survive the year, much less bring all twenty of my first-graders up to grade level in reading and math, I can say that I am truly, wholy appreciating summer. Ever-so-much more than I did as a student. Summer makes the rest of the year bearable. Don’t get me wrong–I love my career. But the 10-hour days, evening and weekend planning, etc. is all worth it when you go home on a day near the end of May and know you don’t have to go back to work for two and a half months. Oh, yeah. Summer is fantastic.
I got a little side-tracked with my obsession with summer there. The point of this post (besides how fabulous this season is) is to share one of the ways I’m celebrating summer–and that is by reading. It’s my goal to spend at least an hour reading every day this summer. So, here are my Top Ten Summer TBRs (To-Be-Reads) (in no particular order):
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1. Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand – This is at the top of my list because it’s the July read for my book club, and it’s a pretty long book, so I need to get started. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews, and look forward to discussing this book (although my mom has warned me that up until page 275 it’s pretty depressing).
2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – This classic novel is one that–I’m sorry to say–I just skimmed through for junior A.P. English in high school. I want to go back and give this classic the respect it deserves.
3. The Wedding Girl by Madeleine Wickham – I love Sophie Kinsella/Madeleine Wickham. This is one of hers that I have yet to read, but have on loan as an audiobook from the library. I look forward to getting it on my iPhone and listening as I run in the coming weeks.
4. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson – I’m not really that into this series. I know, I know. But it has captivated my interest enough that I want to finish it out, and I plan to do so this summer.
5. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – Ditto #4 above.
6. Death Comes to Pemberly by P.D. James – I’ve heard fantastic things about this Pride and Prejudice spin-off.
7. The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot – Yes, I’ve read them. But it’s been awhile, and I’m looking forward to re-living Mia’s adventures.
8. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen – I’ve only read one Sarah Dessen book–How to Deal–but I loved it. So many YA book blogs talk about this novel like it’s an absolute classic.
9. MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For a New Best Friend by Rachel Bertsche – I read a review of this book on a blog recently, and was excited to hear that the main character is a married 20-something, looking for a best friend in the post-collegiate world. I love the idea that this character might actually be like me.
10. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami – We all know I like to talk about running. So, I’d like to enter into this conversation with another runner.