The Summer’s Best Novels!

As a teacher, I love reading. This summer, knowing another little one was coming, I made reading a top priority for myself. In addition to modeling this love for the older berries, I wanted to finish up several novels before this sacred time was potentially replaced with naps.

I averaged a book every 3-4 days this summer, but here’s my review of the best of this summer’s novels. If you’re looking for a book to read, here are a few I recommend:


Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

By: Mary Roach

I got the idea to read this book from Pinterest. While it was definitely a bit on the gory side,  it was an eye opener about what is done with bodies that are donated. I have to say, after reading this novel, I’m more likely to have my body donated to science.


Flowers for Algernon

By: Daniel Keyes.

An older novel, I really liked this one. It’s written from the first person perspective of a mentally challenged man. He is chosen to partake in an experiment that could alter his intelligence. It was heartfelt as he struggles with gaining new intelligence and thus insight into his past and position in life. If you weren’t forced to read this in high school, you should choose to read it now!


Me Before You

By: Jojo Moyes

This book was pretty much like crack for women readers. If you like a good love story, dive into this book. I started this book skeptical, but finished it in one day. With a toddler around, you know that means it was a good book. It was recently made into a movie. I can’t say that I’ve seen it, but if that inspires you to read it, you can watch it too!



By: Renee’ Knight

I received this book for Mother’s Day from the kids. It was chosen because the lady said it was similar to Gone Girl. It starts off a bit slow, but definitely worth the read. There are twists in the end… even in the last page!










Second Wind

By: Cami Ostman

My mother lent this book to me and I was skeptical to start it, even though I love traveling and like running. I thought I wouldn’t care that some woman gets a divorce and runs marathons on every continent. WRONG! I loved her description of persevering through the running and I loved reading about the places she traveled too. The only thing bad about this book was that now I want to run half-marathons again and travel (both things my husband doesn’t want to do with me).


Lighting Their Fires: How Parents and Teachers can raise Extraordinary Kids

By: Rafe Esquith

I found this book in the library in the parenting section. I recognized this author as a renowned teacher, but was interested to read what he would say about parenting. I found his style of reading more like a narrative, but with lots of great ideas that I can use with all the kids. I wish it wasn’t a library book because I would be highlighting instead of taking lots of notes.



Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

By: Brené Brown

I read this one before summer started, but it was worth noting it because it has transformed how I conduct myself. It has taught me to place myself in situations that I find I feel vulnerable and given me the inner dialogue to coach myself through these situations. It also gave great ideas for how to help children work through situations where they feel insecure, as well as providing ways to speak to kids that will help boost their confidence.

All these books are definitely worth the read! If you pick one up, let me know what you think!

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