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Summer Reading List

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my (Tentative) reading list & some past favorites

A few books I’m planning to read this summer:

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

This book is a recent add to my list. It has been added to the curriculum for the multi-cultural class that I am teaching next year. It has been on my list before but often I don’t have time to read as much as I would like to read. Trevor Noah is funny and this story is incredibly important during this time as well as an amazing perspective to add to this course.

This book is a recent add to my list. It has been added to the curriculum for the multi-cultural class that I am teaching next year. It has been on my list before but often I don’t have time to read as much as I would like to read. Trevor Noah is funny and this story is incredibly important during this time as well as an amazing perspective to add to this course.

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

I’ve been seeing this book everywhere and cannot wait to read it. My understanding is that it is more of an examination of what it is like to be a woman in today’s world. After watching Mrs. America on Hulu and learning about the feminist movement of the 1970s, I can’t wait to read an examination of today’s woman.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

I recently finished the WinterNight Trilogy by Katherine Arden and have been looking for another historical or fantasy series to read. I’ve recently seen this novel from 2010 mentioned all over Instagram and cannot wait to delve into the 1500s English setting.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

I loved The Night Circus. Honestly, I read that one in December of last year. I had seen the novel everywhere and in every bookstore but had not even read the back or any reviews. Somehow, even though the cover is intriguing, I just looked right over it. Last November I received in a book exchange at one of my book clubs and I started it a few days later. I zipped though it in just a few days even though I was busy with the holidays and getting ready for finals at school and it was so worth my time.

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

I had the immense pleasure of reading The Underground Railroad by Whitehead earlier this year. I have been slowly making my way through the Pulitzer Prize winning novels and I really enjoyed the originality and historical examination in that novel. The buzz on The Nickel Boys has been amazing. It’s incredible to hear that a novel is better than the previous novel that won the Pulitzer.

Past Favorites Worth Reading:

  • Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
  • Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Pena
  • Dry by Neal Shusterman
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz
  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  • The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
  • Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney

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