Let me start by saying that I am an avid reader. Books to me are edible, life sustaining substances that I love to devour. Every summer I pack a bag of books to read from my classroom. (I’m talking a good twenty to thirty books of all genres.) They range from Young Adult to Teacher/Classroom books to Adult fiction. I always, always say I am going to read one fiction and then a book for work, but one fiction leads to another and then it’s July and I’m looking at my bag of books and I’ve only devoured five of those juicy tidbits and none of them for work. I have great books to read for work, books that I didn’t get to complete for grad school and books that I’ve heard about from other teachers that would be great for my students and myself. Fuel for my educational mind. Needless to say, I do plan on reading at least 2-3 of them. I just haven’t gotten to them yet.
But I would like to share some of the books I have read this summer, because sometimes a book just needs to be shared.
1. Silent Boy by Louis Lowry : Now I don’t know if you are an avid reader, but I have loved Louis Lowry since my elementary ed classes at Ripon College. The Giver is probably the most famous, but there are so many more. The Giver is just one in a series of books about the people within it. Read them, they are well worth the time. Okay, back to The Silent Boy, I thought I had read all of the books by Lowry until I was at a thrift store in the Cities and came across The Silent Boy. How had I missed one! So for $.50 I got an opportunity to indulge in yet another Lowry book. It is about a young girl who grows up getting to know a young boy who is not like everyone else. He is special and has a talent for working with animals. It is a nice little book that I am happy to have experienced.
2. Fault in Our Stars by John Green: I really enjoyed this book. It was humorous, intelligent and sentimental. I felt it was well written and when I went to watch the movie. It also hit the mark and followed the book well.
3. The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu: I am putting all three books in one, because after I read the first book, Legend, I felt compelled to read the next Prodigy and then Champion. The characters were well developed and the changing of characters each chapter allowed me to feel connected to both main characters. I cared as much for one as the other. After I finished them, I could easily see them being made into a movie. I enjoyed them as much as I did Divergent and that series so why not a movie too.
I have plans to read more books this summer, but work is starting to creep into my thoughts so I am feeling the urge to change my reading selections and pick up some educational books that I have been avoiding.