Sunday, June 14, 2015

Summer Reading

I was so pumped to find this summer reading linky from Molly of Lucky to Be in First yesterday! 

I double puffy heart, LOVE to read. But who has time for that during the school year?!

Reading is my favorite past time in the summer along with relaxing by the pool or at the beach and of cream!

Since the summer is short and sweet I am quite picky about what I read. These moments are sacred and cannot be wasted on a not-so-good book.

Currently reading: Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline and Unraveling my Father's Suicide by Kathleen LaPlante.  I started Every Fifteen Minutes during April vacation. (See, I told you I don't have time to read during the school year). It's a great story about a psychiatrist who takes on a teenage client whose life is spiraling out of control and ironically so does the psychiatrist's. Is it a coincidence? You'll have to read to find out!

I started Unraveling my Father's Suicide a few days ago and I cant put it down. The author is actually a dear friend of mine so when she told me she had written a book that was going to be published I wanted to read it. I had no idea it was going to be as captivating as it is.  What an amazing story!  It's the busiest time of year for me (I have 4 days left of school) and this book has me captivated.

To read: Not Without my Daughter is one my Mom read and she has great taste in books.  It's the story of a woman who travels with her husband to his native, Iran. Little does she know this is not a visit.  He holds her and their daughter hostage and will not allow them to return to America.

After the Storm by Linda Castillo is due to be released July 14th.  This is another book in her Kate Burkholder Amish thriller series. Kate Burkholder is the town sheriff and formerly Amish.  When a murder happens in the Amish community, the Amish want to handle it themselves. But Kate is the sheriff and they must cooperate with the law.  For some, this is challenging. Everything in this series is great!

The Husband's Secret I have heard about on social media and have heard it is good so I'm going to give that one a whirl too.

Every parent should read Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. Although fiction, it tells a story very similar to the Columbine shooting and it gives the perspectives of all parties involved.  It's a quick read.

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls is one of the best books I have ever read. It is a true memoir of a girl who grew up with mentally ill parents and what their life was like. It was quite inspirational.

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom was the best book I have ever read. A young Irish immigrant girl is traveling to America but events lead her to grow up among the black slaves who are the kitchen help for the wealthy plantation owners were she now lives. 

If you liked Gone Girl you are sure to enjoy The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome is so great!  I enjoyed reading it myself and parts of it to my own kids and students. It makes a great coffee table book. I love his message and when I need a reminder of a "pick me up" I turn to this book.

Make sure to hope over to Lucky to be in First to check out the other book suggestions by other bloggers. It looks like my summer reading list is growing....

Happy Reading!


  1. MollyJune 14, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    I definitely need to check out Girl on a Train - you are the second person to recommend that!! Not without my Daughter totally reminds me of Sally Field!! Great list, Julie!! And The Guest Cottage was very good and worth reading - very light and I didn't need to think much :)

    ☘ Molly
    Lucky to Be in First

    1. afirstforeverythingJune 14, 2015 at 11:41 AM

      Hi Molly! Great! Good to know. I am definitely adding The Guest Cottage to my list. Love this linky!

  • Rachel VincentJune 14, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    Lots of great suggestions! Thanks for sharing!

    A Tall Drink of Water

  • PaigeJune 14, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Oh my gosh...Nineteen Minutes. So amazing and so many emotions! I need to put Girl on the Train on my reading list - I've heard some great things about it!

    Paiges of Learning

    1. afirstforeverythingJune 14, 2015 at 8:43 PM

      Girl on the Train was one of those books that when you were done you felt like you had your head played with. It was great!

  • A LoveLi ClassJune 16, 2015 at 1:12 AM

    I read Nineteen Minutes and I completely agree with you on every parent having to read this! A big eye opener for sure.

    A LoveLi Class

  • Rachel KentJune 25, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Ooh great list! I'll have to check these out! :)

  • KellyJune 26, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    I was looking for a recommended summer book list. I'm a teacher too and yes, just like you I don't get the time to read for pleasure. Thank you for the list!!

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