Friday, August 7, 2015

Recent Reads: Summer Edition

I don't read enough.  As an English teacher I read a lot in the course of my day so when I want to unwind I typically end up watching TV!  Then, I find a good book and I remember why I love reading and became an English teacher in the first place!

Early this summer I read The Postmortal by Drew Magary.  I will be using this book in my classes this fall and I'm very excited about it.  I won't say this is the next great American novel, but I really enjoyed it.
This book is a pre-apocalyptic look at the near future.  A cure for aging has been found and therefore people will live significantly longer.  What I love about this book for my writing classes is that there are countless topics to discuss and research and write about.  There is one scene that is a bit adult but it is not overly explicit and I think I'd feel find using this book with juniors and seniors in high school.

Most recently I read The Secret Life of Bees.  My friend had a great idea- she assigned each of us (my core group of girlfriends that I've had since 6th grade) another person and told us to go to their Goodreads account and choose a book and a back up book from their "to-read" list for them to, you guessed it, read.  My partner chose this book for me and since I've had it on my kindle for a year now I figured this was the push I needed.
I ended up reading it in two days.  It's not a mystery but there is a bit of a mystery in it and that kept me wanting to read more just to find out the answers.  I love it as a coming of age story, a historical fiction book, and as a unique look at extended metaphors in traditional fiction.

I immediately thought this would be a great classroom read for high schoolers and wouldn't you know it lots of teachers already teach it!  I don't know where I've been as this book gained popularity.  I've heard great things about the movie as well so I'll check that out soon.

Hopefully I can update this post before the end of August with at least one more book! (I'm all geared up for Go Set a Watchman!)

I'm linking this post up with The Literary Maven's On My Bookshelf monthly link up.  If you need great book recommendations check out all the other posts by clicking the image below!

Thanks for reading! 


  1. Sue Monk Kidd just came out with another book, The Invention of Wings, which I'm reading right now. It's told from two points of view, Handful, a slave just given to Sarah for her 12th birthday. Neither one wants the other. I don't know how it will end, but it's hard to put down! Looks like a good story of girls discovering their strengths, in some ways because of each other.

    Just adding another book to your end-of-summer list!

    1. My to-read list is ever growing, never shrinking.