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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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Mary Rose's picture

I gobbled up The Help. Such a wonderful book. You can get it cheap at Costco - or maybe you want to buy it at your neighborhood bookstore, if you're lucky enough to have one. Happy reading...

Jessica's picture
School Library Media Specialist for a K-4 Public School

I'm a School Library Media Specialist and I'm hoping to read children's books over the summer so I can do more booktalks and informal readers' advisory. Any suggestions? I am going to start by reading Lightning Thief.

Katina Rae Stapleton's picture

Girl with the Silver Eyes - Willo Davis Roberts
Madeleine L'Engle - Wrinkle in Time
Ellen Emerson White - The President's Daughter
Lyddie - Katherine Paterson

Hope this helps,
Katina Rae Stapleton

Jessica's picture
School Library Media Specialist for a K-4 Public School

Thanks Katina and Lori!

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Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

Great post I just came across through Twitter -- Summaries to several of the best Edu books.

Some good ones on here that I'm interested in reading:

:: Drive by Daniel Pink
:: Beyond Cut-and-Paste by Jamie McKenzie

Others that I'm planning on reading that are not in that article (some are random and fun!):

:: Education Nation by Milton Chen
:: Groundswell: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead by Charlene Li
:: Engage: The Complete Guide for Brands and Businesses to Build, Cultivate, and Measure Success in the New Web by Brian Solis and Ashton Kutcher
:: Front End Drupal: Designing, Theming, Scripting by Konstantin Kafer and Emma Hogbin
:: The Beer Book by Sam Calagione and Tim Hampson

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Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

I know this is for students but I read the list and found many I'd like to read! :)

The Top 20 Books for Students to Read in Summer 2010*

* As voted on by teachers & librarians who use Shmoop

In order of most votes

1. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

2. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

3. Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins

4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

5. Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

6. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

7. Life of Pi, by Yann Martel

8. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

9. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card

10. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

11. The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas

12. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

13. Graceling, by Kristin Cashore

14. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman

15. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer

16. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher

17. The Omnivore's Dilemma: Young Reader's Edition, by Michael Pollan

18. Sarah's Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay

19. Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad

20. When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead

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Erika Saunders
6th-8th Special Ed, LS & Mentally Gifted teacher

[quote][quote]I even have a section of books in my room called "Saunders' Picks!" - books I've read that I recommend to students. [/quote]Erika, share your list! I also enjoy these books (easy reads but often with a complicated storyline). A recent favorite is Genesis, by Bernard Beckett.[/quote]

Here are a few (I'm going on memory so bear with me!)

-The Hunger Games series
-The Valdimer Todd series
-Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
-The Invention of Hugo Carbret
-The House of Night series (just finished the latest book, "Burned")
-The Twilight series
-Harry Potter
-Percy Jackson series

My sister recommended The Mortal Instruments series - they really like it at her school. I just began Book One: City of Bones and I'm loving it!

My son just picked up "Chosen" by Ted Dekker - the first in The Lost Book series and it looks like another good one! As soon as he finishes it, I'll give it a try.

As you can see, I really like series. It's great for kids: if they like one book, there are more to come. It can be hard to get kids interested in reading so when they find one they like, you want to be on the ready with, "Hey, here's another one!"

I'll check out Genesis. I'm always looking for a good read!

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Kimberly Waldin
Performing Arts Consultant

What a great discussion! Thanks everyone for the ideas.

I read several books at once. I pick up a book based on my given mood at the time. So, there's just not enough room here for even one month's worth of reading!

My personal list includes:

Rereading the Sookie Stackhouse series from Charlaine Harris. The popular HBO series "True Blood" is based on this book series. Also great from her is the Harper Connelly series.

Finishing Anna Karenina.

Reread Persuasion by Jane Austin.

Finishing The Folding Knife by KJ Parker. A fictional story of a great leader who makes a fatal error. His books take a little work, and can be slow at the beginning, but are worth the effort!

Fool by Christopher Moore. It's a humorous, behind the scenes story of Shakespeare's "King Lear." My husband is reading it now, and says it is great! Warning: it is crass.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Nice to see someone else include it on their list. A favorite author of my husband.

I really like Isabelle Allende, so I will be looking for her book that others recommend here. Thanks! She has a YA series that is good. It starts with City of Beasts.

My son just started chapter books, and we are enjoying Whitehouse White-Out by Ron Roy from the A - Z Mystery series. We will be picking up a few more from that series to read together. RL 2.1

I highly recommend every educator read Storytime by Edward Bloor. The ending is week; however, it is a great conversation piece for educators. It is a YA, and it tells the story of a magnet school with a shady background.

Happy Reading everyone!

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