One of my favorite parts of each summer is planning out my summer reading list! I’m sure that makes me a nerd, but I will happily embrace the nerd in me if it means I get to read great books. 🙂
I have decided to be a bit more intentional this year about the books that I place on My Summer Reading List. I want to have a good mixture of fiction, nonfiction, adult, and young adult books. Because I am a middle school reading teacher, I try to read quite a bit of young adult literature so that I can make recommendations to my students. However, I also just really love young adult lit! If you haven’t read any recently, you might give it a try! Some of the best literature out there right now is being written for teens.
My 2016 Summer Reading List
This book combines all of my passions: children’s literature, teaching, parenting, and Orthodoxy. It is also written by my husband’s adviser and mentor, so it is a must-read this summer!
Guide for the Domestic Church by Diocese of Newton
Guide for the Domestic Church is listed as a “how-to manual” of sorts for creating an Orthodox home. Since that is precisely the type of writing that I do here on the blog (as well as in an upcoming e-book!), I wanted to be sure to check it out.
Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth
I haven’t watched the television series yet, but my husband and I are in search of another good series since Downton Abbey ended. I’ve heard good things about both the book and the television series, so I thought I would try out the book this summer.
My Life in France by Julia Child
I feel a little embarrassed mentioning this, but I am sort of a Francophile–especially when it comes to cooking, fashion, and parenting. I seriously haven’t met a book about French cuisine, parenting styles, or fashion tips that I didn’t enjoy. Plus, I enjoyed watching the movie Julie and Julia, so I thought this book was a natural fit!
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
We Have Always Lived in the Castle came highly recommended by Anne from Modern Mrs. Darcy as a book you can read in a day and think about for weeks afterward. It looks deliciously creepy as well. I have only read Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” and am excited to sample more of her work.
The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
Sophie Kinsella’s books are my definition of a “beach read”–light, funny, easy-to-read, and entertaining. I read Twenties Girl last year and really enjoyed it. I look forward to devouring this romantic comedy on our vacation in July.
Young Adult Fiction
All of the books on my young adult fiction list are from the 2016-2017 Virginia Reader’s Choice books. Our school encourages students to read these books in order to have discussions, build common experiences, and be introduced to great literature. I read all of them so that I can do the same.
The Thickety: A Path Begins by J.A. White
The first in a series that combines magic, an enchanted forest, brave and talented children, and a question–The Thickety has all of the elements of a classic fantasy with a modern twist. Since I could happily read young adult fantasies for hours at a time, I am really excited about this one!
Fort by Cynthia DeFelice
Fort looks like a book that my middle school boys will love. The story centers around two boys who play in the woods and build a fort one summer, take on some bullies, and learn a bit about friendship.
Brotherhood by A.B. Westrick
Set in Richmond, Virginia during the Reconstruction, Brotherhood tells the story of two brothers, their relationship, and their struggle to find their place in the new South. Highlighting racial tension and the beginnings of the Ku Klux Klan, this coming-of-age novel looks like a powerful story for both kids and adults.
So, there is my list for 2016. What books are on yours?
What books are you excited about reading this summer?
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