My students looked at me like I was out of my mind when I told them that I planned to read 100 Books in 2013.
The two students with whom I was discussing my plan said they love to read, but found it difficult to find time to do so during the academic year.
I understand the challenges of finding time to read and wrote about it. I also understand how academic responsibilities can chip away at any time you have for non-academic reading. For proof, read my most recent reading challenge update.
The good news is that the semester ends this month, creating about three glorious months for students to do whatever they want (within reason). I hope summer activities for some students will include reading a few books they weren’t able to find time for in the fall.
Five books I recommend for summer reading:
I have recommended this book to everyone who will listen. You’ll have to be open to the idea of reading a young adult novel, but it’s so worth it. Here’s my review.
2. Lean In
Whether you agree with the author’s ideas or not, this book is worth reading and considering. If you read it, I’d love to chat about it.
This book, which is one boy’s perspective of growing up in high school, got mixed reviews, but I loved it. I finished it in less than two days. Here’s my review.
Jen Lancaster is just funny. You can read all about her character’s midlife crisis in this book. I actually recommend any of her books for easy summer reading. I really enjoyed Bitter is the New Black too.
I still am finishing Amanda Knox’s memoir about the four years she spent in Italian prison, accused of murdering her roommate. So far the book has captured my attention. This is another one I’d love to discuss with you, if you decide to read it.
Notice that none of the books I recommended are for academic purposes? I think it’s important to make room in your life for reading which expands your mind and that which does not. Chances are high that you’ll learn something from all of them.
If none of the books above grab your attention, please take a look at my reviews under the readings tab at the top of this site.
I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing and, of course, educational summer!