*Before judging, please remember that this is summer time. As an English teacher here is my criteria for Summer Reads: 1. Makes me laugh, smile, or feel better about my day. 2. Can be listened to on Audible. 3. Feels scandalous, silly, or relatable NOT educational. I know… but if you are looking for something more profound, or Professional related to the field of education, check back September 1st. I will sweep you away with the productive power of Professional Development. I promise.
Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
(Yes you know I love it if you read anything I write on here).
Why you should read, or yes LISTEN to it! 1. She’s funny and honest, and there is no greater than thou agenda here. 2. You will feel good, do good, and be good if you indulge in this at the beach, in the car, or at the gym. I promise you won’t regret it. 3. Sometimes when authors read their books aloud, I get annoyed. She is precious and says “sweet girl” in an adorable voice that doesn’t actually make me want to scream, so give it a try.
Can’t Help Myself by Meredith Goldstein.
I am from New England, so this was a must if you ever caught Goldstein’s love advice column in the Boston Globe this may ring a bell. But also, as someone who can’t help but read other people’s social media accounts and self-help blogs, it is a great reminder to see what actually goes on in those writers’ lives behind the scenes. Meredith is funny, relatable, and at times poignant about the serious parts of life. If you want a read that walks the line of Joyous and Moving, pick it up peeps!
The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clementine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil
So I should add that I do like Non-Fiction, ever since I taught Advanced Placement Language to juniors, I’ve been on a reading tear of anything vaguely true, real, or researched. This is one of the more serious reads I have engaged in this summer, but it’s framed in a sunny manner about a young Refugee who comes to America from the Rwandan Genocide. You should definitely care about Refugees, but let’s say you’re not interested in that topic, you may be more enthralled to hear about Clementine’s unique family dynamics and appearance on the Oprah Show.