Friday, June 6, 2014

Summer Reading List

I don't get much time to read during the school year. Especially when the second semester rolls around and I've got my hands full with teaching AP courses. But I make a point to keep a mental list of the books I'd like to read so that I can check them out from the local library over the summer.

These are a few of the books on my list:

10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America by Steven Gillon | I've already started reading this one. I've heard that some AP teachers assign this book as summer reading. So I wanted to see if it was something I could incorporate into my own AP course. 

The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth | My kids have been talking about this series for a while now. And now that the first book has become a movie, I'm all the more motivated to finally see what this series is all about. The movie looks good. But I wanted to read the books before watching the movie, because if I watch the movie first, I know I won't read the book.

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry | This one should be a quick read. I bought the book years ago at a yard sale for a dime, but never read it. Our juniors are suppose to be reading this book as part of their English curriculum next year, so I thought I would read it and see how we might be able to incorporate it into both English and History.

A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith | This is where the if-there-is-time-I'd-like-to-read-this part of the list begins. And it begins with another school-related book. This one has two volumes, but I've heard its another quick read.

A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn | Some AP teachers use this as their course textbooks, while others use it as a supplemental text. I've heard a lot about Zinn's perspective on history, and I'm interested to read it myself.

Start by Jon Acuff | This book is actually on the hubby's list of books to read this summer. He just checked it out from the library yesterday. But I think I'm going to swipe it from him once he's done. 

Smart Money, Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze | Although we aren't parents, I still can't wait to get my hands on this book. Towards the end of the school year when all the standardized testing has passed and we're finished with our curriculum, I try to give my students a few lessons on personal finance, so I'm always looking for new things to add to the mix.

What books are on your list to read this summer?


  1. Divergent: entertaining series. kind of like the hunger games if you have read that.

    I have the raisin in the sun movie. It was good. The movie starred P-Diddy :) And you can borrow my copy of smart money, smart kids if you want.

    1. I liked Hunger Games - that was one my list last summer. I had forgotten that Raisin in the Sun came out as a movie! Maybe I should just do what the kids do and watch the movie, because that will be exactly like the book, right? :)

  2. I just started reading Zinn and love it so far! I really want to incorporate it into my US classes now too!

    1. I've heard lots of good things! I'm hoping to have the kids read some of his work and then compare it to what their textbook said about the same event so we can discuss the differences in historical opinion/writing.



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