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Summer Reading for TeachersWhat are you  looking forward to reading this summer?

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childele | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 4, 2011 at 4:00 PM via web

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Summer Reading for Teachers

What are you  looking forward to reading this summer?

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 4, 2011 at 10:10 PM (Answer #2)

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I went to a used bookstore last week and bought three Leon Uris novels, Trinity, Exodus, and Mila 18.  Read them all decades ago and for some reason just thought of him again here this year.  Plus, summertime is the only time of year I get to pleasure read, at least as far as fiction goes.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 5, 2011 at 8:21 AM (Answer #3)

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I have a list of books that students have recommended to me.  I will be checking those out:  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close; The Last Thing I Remember; and The Interruption of Everything.  I also have a collection of stories set in Renaissance England with the Tudors to read.  In addition, there will be much to read in preparation for teaching AP Language next year.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 5, 2011 at 8:45 AM (Answer #4)

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For me, summer reading consists of books such as All the Pretty Horses by Cormack McCarthy, that I really want to read having read The Road. Likewise, I want to get round to reading The Lacuna by Barbra Kingsolver. Apart from that, I am still trying to finish an excellent biography of Charles Dickens that is intimidatingly thick but really informative.

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ms-charleston-yawp | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted May 5, 2011 at 11:02 AM (Answer #5)

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I hope you don't mind, but my suggestions are generally going to be on the "light" side of things this summer.  : )

I've had two separate literary-circle friends that have both recommended Tina Fey's new book, Bossypants (especially the excerpt entitled "A Mother's Prayer for her Child."  One of said friends actually choked TWICE on two different kinds of snack foods because she was laughing so ungodly hard.  Just because Fey is often on a different side of the political spectrum, that doesn't mean that I can't enjoy her book and laugh at myself in the process.

I would also recommend Heaven is for Real, a true story about a little boy's experience in Heaven while he was on his death bed at three with severe appendicitis.  I just finished that one and thought it was incredibly thought provoking, ... especially the fact that the child actually met his sister in heaven, ... a miscarriage of which the parents had never spoken.

In regards to summer reading WITH my 8-year-old and 4-year-old, we are totally ensconced in the Magic Bunny and Magic Kitten series by Sue Bentley (a children's author from England).  The British English in the books is VERY evident (with all the "lifts" and "queues" and "carryalls").  A good experience for us!

Before my light reading, however, I want to finish Triumph, which is a highly readable history of the Roman Catholic Church.  Heavy reading first.  Light reading second.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 5, 2011 at 5:08 PM (Answer #6)

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This might be somewhat predictable, but I am determined to read Water for Elephants. My daughter has recommended it, as well as my students. I spend so much time during the school year reading academic material for my classes as well as post graduate college classes, that reading I do during the summer is mostly for escape.

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 6, 2011 at 8:39 AM (Answer #7)

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I just started a book called "A Flame of Pure Fire" about Jack Dempsey and the 20's.  It has been really fascinating and I can't wait until I have more time to work my way through it.

I also plan on finishing Ken Robinson's "The Element" and probably want to pick up the books from which the new HBO series is constructed, something about "The Throne Games" or something like that.  They sounded really interesting.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 6, 2011 at 9:21 AM (Answer #8)

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I'm a little behind on my reading list, but I'm about to tackle A Thousand Splendid SunsKhaled Hosseini's sequel to The Kite Runner. I'm also going to read an old World War II remembrance written by a fellow who was in my father's old infantry unit.

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bigdreams1 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted May 7, 2011 at 5:59 AM (Answer #9)

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Since I teach literature, I spend the school year reading and re-reading American and British classic novels (you know, the dead white guy list).

So, in the summer I like to kick back on the porch or the beach and read what I call "potato-chip" books (books you can read while eating potato chips because there is not a lot of deep thinking involved).

This summer I am looking forward to reading a lot of the books my high schoolers have been reading and recommending so that I can talk intelligently with them on the subjects.

Top of my list are, The girl with the dragon tattoo (Steig Larsson), Max (James Patterson), and the latest Nevada Barr mystery, Burn.

Happy summer reading everybody!

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engtchr5 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 7, 2011 at 4:28 PM (Answer #10)

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I enjoy kiddy lit in the summer as a break from the heavier stuff of the school year. I plan to finish a series of books called the Dreamhouse Kings series by Robert Liparulo. I'm also going to read this quirky little tween novel I located, The Mysterious Benedict Society. Other than that, yardwork and backyard ball with my boys await.

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 8, 2011 at 10:26 AM (Answer #11)

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I have enjoyed this thread every time it is posted.  I find myself gravitating towards others with similar pleasure-reading tastes.  It is also nice to see that some old favorites are still circulating (Extremely Loud)

I just cracked The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, and I also plan to read Tina Fey's memoir.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted May 9, 2011 at 7:04 AM (Answer #12)

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I have heard such amazing recomendations for David Mitchell's novels, and I have started Ghostwritten but it was just too dense for late night reading, so I plan to give it my full attention this summer.  Hopefully the writing lives up to its fan's praise!

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amymc | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted May 27, 2011 at 3:55 AM (Answer #13)

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Our school is adopting a school-wide summer reading book entitled A Long Way Gone:  Memoir of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah.  It is a story about a young boy forced to fight in Sierra Leone.  Each student from grade 9-12 and each teacher is to read this book.  We then plan to have cross-curricular lessons dealing with the novel.  So, bottom line:  I will be reading this book!

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 2, 2011 at 3:39 AM (Answer #14)

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I am looking forward to catching up on the books I have far long forgotten.  Many of the titles belong to those classics that are deemed classic for a reason (we classically forget they exist if we are not teaching them): Moby Dick, Pride and Prejudice, Chaucer- all of it, The Grapes of Wrath,...need I go on? I feel like, I am sure most of you do as well, that I have forgotten the texts that created the drive in me to be a literature teacher.  Some I have read alreday, some I have not, but I feel like I need to revisit the titles so that I can find things in modern literature that teach the same things that the classics teach in regards to themes, morals, literary devices, etc.  So, besides being on here and rescanning to answer some very important literature questions, I am going to pry open some of the oldies-but-goodies!

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candicezable | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted June 8, 2011 at 9:59 AM (Answer #15)

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Summer Reading for Teachers

What are you  looking forward to reading this summer?

to read as many books as possible any suggetion

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booboosmoosh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 18, 2011 at 5:54 AM (Answer #16)

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I, too, would like to read Water for Elephants. I would like to read The Count of Monte Cristo: have seen several movie versions, and read parts of it. I love Dumas. I have an Amy Tan novel staring at me (Saving Fish from Drowning), and perhaps finally getting through all of Robinson Crusoe. The Riddle of the Sands was recommended to me (by Erskine Childers), and I would like to get to my Wilke Collins' The Woman in White.

I have light reading that is especially suited for the water's edge at the shore. Like chores, the list of things to read never runs dry. There are even a few I wish I could revisit: The Alchemist, Julius Caesar, and some Jane Austen. Too many books: not enough time.

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sandy-smiles-10 | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted June 23, 2011 at 12:16 AM (Answer #17)

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Summer Reading for Teachers

What are you  looking forward to reading this summer?

I wanted to share that I read Juliet written by Anne Fortier. It was an excellent find, which is probably the main reason I took a Shakespeare course shortly thereafter. It is fiction but after being in this course that I am in it gave me a pretty good introduction to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Enjoy

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sandy-smiles-10 | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted June 23, 2011 at 12:21 AM (Answer #18)

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This might be somewhat predictable, but I am determined to read Water for Elephants. My daughter has recommended it, as well as my students. I spend so much time during the school year reading academic material for my classes as well as post graduate college classes, that reading I do during the summer is mostly for escape.

Water for Elephants was an incredibly good book. It has some sex in it though so be aware. I saw the movie to which thankfully did not have the sex in it. But the book was really, really good. The first chapter grabs you and keeps hold of you throughout the rest of the book.

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cybil | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted July 3, 2011 at 5:08 AM (Answer #19)

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Recuperating from ankle surgery, I've had more time to read this summer than I've had in many years. My choices have been the following: The Hunger Games trilogy, Atwood's Oryx and Crake, Russell's Swamplandia!, Patchett's State of Wonder, Harding's Tinkers, Morrison's Love, Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians, and McLarey's Water from the Well. Still to go include Morton's The Forgotten Garden, Hillenbrand's Unbroken (the all-school read this year), and new freshman summer reading choices, Harris' Bang the Drum Slowly and Hilton's Lost Horizon. My favorite at this point is easily Ann Patchett's new work; I highly recommend it.

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whatever1 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted July 13, 2011 at 2:00 PM (Answer #21)

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It seems that every current summer reading list is mostly a carry-over from last year's well-intentioned summer reading list (home-improvement projects and out-of-town trips seem to derail my literary plans).  Here's my list:

-The Kite Runner

-The Gangs of New York

-The Lost City of Z

-The Reader

Oh, there's other books, but I thought I'd try to be somewhat realistic, as all of these books are carry-overs from last year (and some from previous years).  Darn it all---I'm dying to read Jaycee Lee Dugard's A Stolen Life, but that would just make it less likely that I'll read the aforementioned titles!  Arrrgh!

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zward03 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted August 5, 2011 at 5:15 AM (Answer #24)

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Just one more week of summer vacation left for me. This summer I was able to read the first two books in the Game of Thrones series and I'm currently trying to wrap up Fingerprints of the Gods. Fingerprints is very interesting - it researches the possiblity of advanced civilizations that may have existed thousands of years prior to what historians have believed so far. It definitely gives you some things to ponder. Great read so far, but a bit on the heavy side with all the research, history, and science involved.

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