Inside: 10 books for your 2019 summer reading list from a teaching mom.
This was a book recommended to me by another teacher on Twitter and I could not put it down. It follows the journey of a high school girl who does the Camino de Santiago in Spain. She is from a military family and after spending five summers living on military bases with Camp Adventure, I am a sucker for a good military story. Also, after living and studying in Spain, I loved all of her references to places I have traveled to. As a teacher her struggles remind me that my high school students many times have many adult issues they are working through.
The Sun is Also a Star
I realized this year that one of my favorite genres is Young Adult Lit and this one fits the bill. It follows the two separate, yet intertwined stories of Natasha, who is 12 hours from being deported back to Jamaica and Daniel, the always model son and dreamer who falls in love with her. It is also now a movie, so I can relate to my students who watched the film.
In this other Young Adult Fiction read, Justyce writes to Martin Luther King while faced with the real issues of race as an African-American male living in the U.S. If you like the books of Angie Thomas, this is a must read. It also opens your eyes to the discrimination our minority students still face on a daily basis.
I do sprinkle in non-fiction for fun and actually 8 of my 26 books this year fit this category, ranging from self-help to biography.
I have always loved Michelle Obama, but after this book I would say I am borderline obsessed with her. I loved finding out about her back story and hearing her side of everything. As a girl who also grew up in Illinois and followed the Obamas from way back it was a fun to relate to her story. Plus as someone who lives in Iowa, where the early campaigning is huge, it was interesting to me to read about all of the small towns, including my own that she visited, plus that she gave the commencement speech at UNI, in the town I live in (but the year between my undergrad and masters graduation). As a woman, I would recommend you read it.
The girl with the lower back tattoo
This is probably the most surprising one of the list, but I literally laughed out loud for most of this book. Amy Schumer is a comedian, but keeps it completely real to the point that I was crying tears of laughter like the emoji. This was one of those random books I picked from a display shelf at the public library, but then could not put down. If you are looking for a light and fun read, this is where it is at.
Girl, Wash your Face
This was the book that helped jump start my reading and the first of 2019. After reading it I am a full Rachel Hollis fan, listening to her podcast, watching her documentary and following her on social media. If you are a mom and teacherpreneur or any mom with a side hustle, this is the book for you. I also read Girl, stop apologizing this year as well, but it was just not as good as the original, or maybe it was not just the perfect time for exactly what I needed to hear. As with everything, when reading timing is everything.
Bonus! If you want to get more into reading, but just can’t sit down to read, Audible might be the thing for you! Listen to most of the above books while you work out, drive or work around the house! Give the Audible Gift Memberships to yourself this summer!
Or if you want less commitment, try the free trial! I am using it this month and loving it!
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