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What's on your summer reading list?

What's on your summer reading list?

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What are you hoping to read this summer? Here's my list. The Big Short - Michael Lewis http://www.amazon.com/Big-Short-Inside-Doomsday-Machine/dp/0393072231 My husband got this for his birthday and I've been stealing it unofficially now for a few days. It's the story of why and how the U.S. economy tanked in 2008. Hardly light reading, but his writing style is mercifully conversational. A Happy Marriage - Rafael Yglesias http://www.amazon.com/Happy-Marriage-Novel-Rafael-Yglesias/dp/1439102309/ I heard a really great interview with the author on Fresh Air that made me want to read this. It's been gathering dust on my night-side table so I'm hoping to make some progress at the beach. Education Nation - Milton Chen - http://www.amazon.com/Education-Nation-Leading-Innovation-Schools/dp/047... A positive and uplifting book about education innovation by Edutopia's Exec Director Emeritus. (coming out in July) What books are making their way to your summer reading list?

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Cindy Spenner's picture

The Help was a big hit for me too.I grew up in the Chicago area but my parents grew up in the deep south and lived this life...as a child, I had a few experiences while visiting grandparents that confused me. This book helped me figure it all out. The worst spanking I ever got was from my grandmother because I played with the maid's kid...I also remember how her maid kept her dishes separate from the rest of the dishes.

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Amanda Collins
Elementary School Teacher from Southern California

I just read "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn". I never read it in high school. I loved it! It surely is a wonderful story full of unique and lovable characters. It made me think twice about what poverty really is.

"Freakanomics" is next on my list...

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Karen Hummer
Global Language Teacher (German, French, Italian) Canfield, Ohio

I tend to read several books at once, alternating when I feel like it. In the summer I read educational books to prep for the next year, but also try to relax with light reading. I bought a Nook to try to cut down on the room that my book collection was taking up, but I find I'm still buying "physical" books. ;-)

Right now I'm reading:

"Brave New Digital Classroom: Technology and Foreign Language Learning" by Robert Blake
"Project-Based Second and Foreign Language Education: Past, Present and Future" by Beckett/Miller.
"The Girl on Legare Street" (southern paranormal mystery) by Karen White
"Savannah Blues" - actually anything by Mary Kay Andrews - her books are such a fun read!
"Radical Nature: Rediscovering the Soul of Matter" by Christian de Quincey

I like YA too - I used to run book club at my school and I think there is some outstanding and creative YA fiction out there. One example being "Life As We Knew It" by Susan Pfeffer (an asteroid hits the moon and alters life on earth - what does this do to our world and how do people cope, from a teen's perspective.) It was voted one of the Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Assoc. and was a finalist for the Andre Norten Award. There is a sequel "The Dead and the Gone" but I haven't read it yet.

I was also recommended "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" and the "Dead Tossed Waves" by Carrie Ryan (YA)
I'm just starting Forest today.

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John
College Math Instructor, graduate student

Richard and John: Kings at War, The Story of Pi, Elementary Number Theory text.

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Karen Hummer
Global Language Teacher (German, French, Italian) Canfield, Ohio

BTW, I just finished "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" and started on the sequel "The Dead Tossed Waves." These books are incredibly well written, with a gripping story line and delving into teen choices - what do you do to survive an apocalyptic world? What choices do you have, what decisions do you make? How does humanity survive? I'm really enjoying both of these novels and I hope the author continues the series. :-))

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Marian Lemon
Sixth Grade Teacher from Lacey, Washington

Completed since June 23rd:
The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan
House Rules by Jody Picoult
One in a Million by Kimberla Lawson Roby
The Secret of Joy by Melissa Senate
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Readicide: How Schools are Killing the Love of Reading... by Kelly Gallagher

Still on the List:
Await Your Reply by Dan Charon
The Condition by Jennifer Haigh
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Vergese
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
The Faith Club
Double Take by Kevin Michael Connolly
Faster Isn't Smarter: Messages About Math, Teaching, and Learning...by Cathy Seeley
The Cafe Book by Boushey and Moser
Less is More by Kimberly Hill Campbell
Day One and Beyond by Rick Wormelli

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Kimberly Waldin
Performing Arts Consultant

I loved the Graveyard Book (YA) from Neil Gaiman!!! Thank you everyone who suggested it.

On a lark, I picked up Elsewhere (YA) by Gabrielle Zevin from the Borders Books summer reading suggestions. Brilliant. A softer, younger version of The Lovely Bones, though the story itself is different.

I am all caught up on the Sookie Stackhouse series (the basis for the HBO series, TrueBlood,) and am almost through it a second time. I love her work, and have started her Aurora Teagarden series, which is an earlier and much tamer crime series (for anyone who loves a good mystery.)

For those of you who read the Twilight series, or who have students who read it, I recommend her novella that just came out, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. Myers writing is improving, and I did feel the book added to the series. Better than that, however, is Nightlight, by the Harvard Lampoon. You will enjoy it all the more if you have read Twilight.

Also on a lark, I picked up a novel from Elizabeth Garrett from the library called, The Sweet Trade. I've only just started it, but I am enjoying it so far. If you have any interest in the Golden Age of pirates, this one may speak to you. It's a historical fiction about Anne Bonny, Mary Read, and Captain "Calico" Jack Rackham. Truly, the history surrounded these people is amazing.

Thanks again, everyone, for all the great ideas!

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Susan Sanchez
Middle School Special Education Teacher

I am starting my summer reading with James Joyce's "The Dubliners" then moving on to "Women, Food and God". Just a little light reading! Some professional reads include anything on Professional Learning Communities!

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Mrs. W
5-8 Language Arts and History Teacher

This summer I have not gotten a chance to do much enjoyable reading, because I have been taking classes full time and preparing for my first year of teaching in my own classroom.

I discovered MP3 books at my library, so I have gotten a few and listen to them when I am working around the house or in the yard. I just finished listening to "The Challenge for Africa". I read "The First Day of School", "Discapline without Stress", "Teach with your Strengths" and plenty of school textbooks for the three courses I took this summer.

Once I figure out the curriculum in the next few weeks I am going to read the YA books that I will have my students read this next year to get an overview.

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Jennifer Fowler
High School Special Day Teacher

I am currently reading "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss. It's really good so far!

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