I write about it every year, but never have I been more grateful for the rhythm of summer to work its wonders in my overwhelmed teacher brain. This year in particular I was able to be re-inspired and energized professionally by the Teachers College Reading and Writing Institutes in July, take a few weeks to read, breathe and finalize details for my wedding, then celebrate getting to spend the rest of my life with the best guy I'll ever know with my favorite people in the world. We were able to escape and soak in the Cinque Terre, Florence, and Barcelona. And suddenly I found myself excited to be thinking about September, my new students, and who we will all be as readers and writers. Here's the text journey that got me to this place. I posted in mid June about my plans, which included curling up with some nonfiction, but that never happened. I think in the summer, especially, I just want to get lost in a good story. I've starred the ones that I'd most highly recommend.
I call these books the "I commuted for over two hours every day" collection from late June/early July. You can also tell by the fact that I blogged extensively in my early summer days that I was ready to really think about what I was reading.
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman**
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy**
These books are the "I need a vacation and only want to read mysteries" collection from August. You can tell by the lack of blog posts about these books that I was either on vacation or starting to plan curriculum, so I haven't written about these yet. The first three I read on my Kindle--as a e-book newbie.
Life after Life by Kate Atkinson**
The Stone Cutter by Camilla Lackburg
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
Where'd You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness**
I am J by Cris Beam
Playground by 50 Cent
Nothing to Fear by Jackie French Koller
On my parents' porch, as always, I read The Summer Book by Tove Jansson. However, I didn't write about it this year because this was in the three days before my wedding. I did post about it on instagram, though! A picture is a text, too, you know:)
Happy September. Enjoy the new starts, the school supplies, the football, the pumpkin spice. Sigh.