I know that summer doesn’t officially end until September 22nd but it feels like it’s coming to the end now.
The best thing about summer (as a teacher) is the fact that you are given time to catch up on all the things you put aside during the year: watching movies and TV shows, reading books and magazines, meeting up with friends and family.
I was looking forward to summer. I booked three weeks in Rio De Janeiro to visit a high school friend and one week in Mexico to see another friend get married.
And summer has been great but I will admit, I didn’t read as much as I wanted as I was so happy to socialize and hang out with friends. Best summer ever!
My other rule was to not read any children’s or young adult books as I wanted a summer of adult reading before heading back to the library.
So, here is what I read, in no particular order:
Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) The Cuckoo’s Calling: A great summer read (I love a good detective story). Galbraith (Rowling)’s use of language is purely genius and I am looking forward to the second book in the series. I recommend this book to mystery readers. (read via the School Library’s Overdrive Collection)
I am finishing up The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. I started this book at the beginning of July but because I own the hardcover copy, I did not want to lug the book around on my adventures. I have started another book and will go back to Alma Whittaker’s life in the nineteenth-century. Gilbert has crafted a fictional story; however, has breathed such life into her characters that I believe every one of their actions and empathize with Alma’s story of balancing a love of education and wanting true relationships with people outside her world of plants and science. I have no idea how this story will end but I can’t wait to return to my final one hundred pages.
I quickly scanned through The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth as it was blowing up my twitter feed with the controversy in the Delaware School District. I was able to download a digital copy to my personal device and after reading the first part of the book, I knew that the Delaware School District or the parents that requested the book be removed from it’s reading list, that they did not understand the story. When the young girl’s parents die (I’m not giving anything away, it’s in the first sentence of the book), I knew that it was a story of misunderstanding and the need for support for young adults (outside of their family) when dealing with not only the death of parents but with all the things (religion, sexuality, relationships, etc) that sit on the shoulders of young girls entering their teens. This story broke my heart but I think it is an important story for young adults to read, as it is a human story.
Alright, I have been known for avoiding series books. Not that I avoid them, I usually read the first book and say, “That’s enough.” Things have changed this summer. I have fallen in love with a vampire (GASP) and a witch (I’ve always had a soft spot for the Wicked Witch of the West). I had purchased a copy of Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches a few years ago and just before I left for Rio De Janeiro, I grabbed the book and put it in my suitcase. I was expecting to grab my Lee Child book after finishing A Cuckoo’s Calling but there was something about this book that made me want to read it. Well, it did not take me long to fall under the spell of Diana and Matthew and their entangled story.
By the time I was finishing the book, I had texted my mother to pick me up a copy of the second book so it would be ready for me when I returned home from Brazil. I am halfway through the second book, Shadow of Night and have already picked up the third book as I am finishing the All Souls Trilogy before September.
Summer is not over. There are more books to read but I start work on Tuesday, so I don’t know how many other books I will read before school officially starts with the students in September. But, there is a bonus with my new position at my new school. I get to to ride the subway to work and that is a ticket to reading for at least twenty to forty minutes a day. Who knows what adventures I’ll go on? I’ll keep you posted.
Until then, back to the books.