Just because August is halfway over and teachers like myself will be heading back to work doesn’t mean that I’ll stop reading. The next few months are going to be very busy for me in terms of preparing for baby’s arrival, a new school year, and the holiday season. But, I find that it’s so important for me to take the time to read and reflect. I’ve been focusing a lot on new Young Adult Literature, but I’ve also been reading a few pregnancy books to help empower myself come December. What’s on your current list? 

  • Sherman Alexie – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: This is a re-read for me because I ended up teaching it in a summer program. This book is absolutely hysterical, heartbreaking, and happy all in one crazy tornado of Rez Life mixed with spunky cartoons. We had some great discussions about this book, what it means to be a Native American, and what stepping outside the box to achieve your dreams means for some people. This is also one of the few books I read that has a male protagonist! Go me!
  • J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: This is a no brainer. If you know me, you know that I actually live in the HP Universe and teach part-time at Hogwarts on the weekends. I really dig the play format and would love to do something with this in the classroom. Because what kid doesn’t want to act? I won’t spoil anything though, I know many are still reading!
  • Rainbow Rowell – Eleanor & Park: I heard this is just charming. I’m looking forward to reading it!
  • Jojo Moyes – Me Before You: Because the whole Internet is crying and I want to know why. 
  • Garth Stein – A Sudden Light: I fell in love with The Art of Racing in the Rain. Whenever that happens I try out another book by the same author. 
  • Every pregnancy book ever: I’m currently rocking Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy which is…well…cute. And, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth because if I had more gall I’d totally go to the farm to have the baby, haha. I love how empowering the stories are and am channeling that energy so I can put it to good use come December (or November…)

Will I read more? You bet! But these are my priority books for now. Happy reading!