Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Summer is here, marked by a huge summer moon and multiple graduations.  I have not yet felt the slow-down pace of summer, yet I am building my stack of summer reads.  My list is short and includes…

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
8 Ways of Love:  Open Your Heart Open Your Mind, by Ed Bacon
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani
One Handed Catch by MJ Auch
Z A Novel by Zelda Fitzgeral by Therese Anne Fowler
Bird by Bird by Ann Lamott
A little bit of adult reading.  Some young adult--my favorite.  Some personal growth.  Some professional.  A balance.  I am also becoming familiar with Lucy Calkins new units of study—although I am feeling a need to let go of the work for a while and enjoy the summer solstice.   

What books are on your list that I might add to mine?  Take one of mine and give me one of yours.  Happy reading!


  1. Deb,
    I started reading THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green. It's great! I think it's too YA for my elementary kids, but I am enjoying it.

  2. One of my favorite summer reads: The Way Life Should Be by Christina Kline
    Great story....and some great recipes too!
    I will be checking back to add to my own list of what I should read THIS summer!

    1. Sounds like a great title and I love the recipes.

  3. I'm about ready to begin Quiet, by Susan Cain, about introverts, Deb. Thanks for asking & for sharing!

  4. I have read that book and it is excellent. She also has a Ted Talk that is well worth watching if you have not seen it yet. The link is below


  5. Based on Tara's SOL today, I think I'm adding the Prophet. Also, if you want another writing-related book, try Roy Peter Clark's writing Tools, which you can dip-in and out of all summer long.

  6. I just started reading The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. It's very much YA lit. I'm not quite halfway through yet, but I'm loving it so far. I also saw that someone recommended The Fault in Our Stars, another one I just got but haven't started yet. I hear it's a worthwhile read.

    What I related to most in your post is how you said you feel the need to let go of work for a bit and enjoy summer. I'm right there with you! It's a tough balance to find, still feeling productive while enjoying the time off. That's what I wrote about today. :)

  7. I loved The Fault in Our Stars, but it is definitely for older students. I am looking forward to reading Energize Research Reading and Writing by Chris Lehman. He was a great presenter with great information. I'm hoping the session was a toe dip and I learn so much more in the book.

  8. Just started reading Khaled Hosseini's And the Mountains Echoed...just for me, not the teacher me, but the grown up and needs a book to dive into me.

  9. Dear Deb, I will take 8 WAYS OF LOVE and will trade you for WRITING ALONE AND WITH OTHERS by Pat Schneider (read at once or just dip in at will)! xo, a.

  10. It's a trade! I just got a call that the 8 Ways was at Barnes and Noble. Will pick up tomorrow.

  11. Based on other bloggers recommendations I added these three books to my list of must reads this summer:
    Choice Words and Opening Minds by Peter H. Johnston
    When Writing with Technology Matters by Carol Bedard and Charles Fuhrken.
    I will also be reading fun stuff. Maybe trying to find some more books for my high school boys to read. Any recommendations?
    Have fun reading!