Nothing says summer to me like a pile of books and the free time to read them!
My kids are not of an age that I can relax poolside or on the beach with a book just yet. But I do love tackling new titles with gusto in the summer. I give myself permission to spend hours with my nose in a book while I soak up the sun-in the backyard, at the playground, on vacation.
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Reading in the summer is true self-care for a weary woman.
I’m sharing some fun titles that would be perfect for either a quick read and some worth savoring. Our kids get a summer reading list, why should they have all the fun?
What are you planning to read this summer? Here’s a bundle of self-care for you:
Summer Reading List
For teacher in-service
Lisa Murphy on Play: The Foundation of Children’s Learning by Lisa Murphy If you are interested in why play is so important to children, this is an enlightening and affirming book to read. An easy read but one you will want to write in and highlight. If you are interested in more reading on playing and learning, two more bookish studies that I’ve loved reading include The Power of Play: Learning what Comes Naturally by David Elkind and Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play will Make our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life
For fun (and a little scare)
The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey was such a surprise; I devoured this book in two days. I ignored dishes and laundry and (shhh) children while I scared myself just a little but not too much. I am pretty sensitive to violence and spooky things in books and this lived right on the sharp edge of that but didn’t take me over. There is plenty of blood and guts in this but it is such a well developed dystopian story that it wasn’t out of place. If you like Margaret Atwood, you will love this story (and it is more hopeful than most of Atwood).
For vacation at the lake
Deadwake by Erik Larson Have you read any of Erik Larson’s other titles like Devil in the White City or In the Garden of Beasts? He writes non-fiction that reads like a novel…and in this case, a novel about the sinking of the Lusitania, a luxury liner crossing the ocean that everyone believed would never sink. I would read this by the water but not while I was out on the open sea…
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett I read this as a little girl and just re-read it this spring. This time around I was especially inspired by the friendship skills of Mary and Colin and how they develop those together as well as loving the descriptions of the gardens. This will be offered as a BraveWriter Arrow study in 2016-2017!