Tuesday, July 16, 2013

My Reading Life Lately

Thanks to this beautiful season called summer and the conclusion of my online summer classes, I've had lots of time to curl up with a good book.. or two.. or three. Earlier this year, I had the honor of listening to Donalyn Miller speak at a conference where I live. She mentioned the power of having a reading community: others you can talk to about books, share ideas, share titles, etc. All of the titles I've read lately are from book club picks or suggestions from friends. How lucky am I? 

Here's a look at a few titles I've read lately. 

The Expats by Chris Pavone

The Expats was a book club choice and I highly recommend it! Read as Kate, a former C.I.A. agent, begins to unfold secrets about the husband she thought she knew...

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

A friend of mine wrote a riveting review of The Light Between Oceans on Good Reads and I knew I HAD to read it. Now my book club is reading it this month. Grab the tissues... you will need them.

The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

I picked The Silent Wife because my Real Simple magazine suggested it would cure my Gone Girl withdrawal. I was foolish to believe this would compare to Flynn's book, but it's still a compelling read about a troubled romance filled with deception.

Tell me folks, what are you reading now-a-days?


  1. I just got "A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents" by Liza Palmer in the mail today! I am hurrying to finish my chores so I can start it!

    1. I love when my books arrive in the mail! It's my favorite kind of delivery!

  2. Thanks for this list, these books sounds great. Every few months I buy my girlfriend a few new books that she usually takes to her book club. I recently bought her “Mofongo” by Cecilia Samartin, http://www.ceciliasamartin.com/, and she said they’ve already finished it, so now I’m looking for a few more. This looks like a great list to start with. Thanks for the reviews and ideas.

    1. Thanks for the recommendation! I will check out "Mofongo", Jason!

  3. Hi, I'm also a fifth grade teacher on summer break. I'm on my 12th book for this month! Woohoo!!! I'll be posting a recap of my July reads on my blog on July 31st but some of my recommendations are:
    Adult books--And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
    Children's books--The One and Only Ivan (such a great book, you MUST read it), Wonder by R.J. Palacio
    Professional books--Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess


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