Summer Reading

School is out! I have all the time in the world to read and write! In theory, anyway – but let’s not get technical.

Summer is the time of year when I read the most. This year I have only a vague idea about what to read, but here’s a list of book I absolutely HAVE to read:

I LET YOU GO by Claire Macintosh. Because my students, who graduated this spring, gave it to me. The title is so appropriate for that occasion, it makes me want to sob. I’m also allowing myself a glass of Prosecco and a huge bag of candy to celebrate that I shepherded them safely through high school and that they all passed their Norwegian exams, which I have prepared them for – to the best of my ability –  for the past three years 🙂 The class also gave me a book in Norwegian that I’ll be reading this summer: Miriam Kristensen’s JEG HAR VENTET PÅ DEG, which has a title that also makes me sob in this context: “I’ve been waiting for you”. By the time August arrives and school starts, I’ll be eagerly awaiting my new classes, and history will in many ways repeat itself.

THE DIARY OF PELLY D by L. J. Adlington. I’m participating in a Ph.D. student’s research project about using dystopian YA novels when teaching English, and I got to choose between a few titles. This was one that I hadn’t read already, so I’m looking forward to reading it & thinking about teaching at the same time – while on vacation! A teacher never stops thinking about work, you know!

HERE ARE THE YOUNG MEN by Rob Doyle. I have to read Irish authors regularly, and since I’m going back to Dublin (another happy sob story there) this summer, I’m building up to it by reading a gritty but likely realistic story about three Irish lads roaming through Dublin looking for trouble (I assume!).

THE FIVE STAGES OF ANDREW BRAWLEY by Shaun David Hutchinson. It’s been waiting patiently on my Kindle for way too long.

THE STORY OF A NEW NAME by Elena Ferrante. I’ve read the first book in the series and I need more. Must get my hands on a copy first, though.

I also need my fill of feel-good, chick-lit and romance, but I’ll take those titles as I go.