Reading List

I am currently reading... 

More war journalism... I seem to have an
obsession with this genre right now...
My local librarian recommended this for students
who have lower independent reading levels --
Good high interest, low readability she thinks! 

Must Read Recommendations  - Fiction and Memoirs 

  • Just Listen by Sarah Dessen 
  • Dreamland by Sarah Dessen 
  • Looking for Alaska by John Greene 
  • Unwind by Neal Shusterman 
  • Unwholly by Neal Shusterman
  • Unsouled by Neal Shusterman 
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
  • The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  • I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson- best book I've read this year! 
  • The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis 
  • The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad 

Must Read Recommendations - Educator Resources/ Professional Development

  • Anything by Penny Kittle -- Write Beside Them: Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing and Booklove: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers are two that I personally would recommend to any ELA teacher to develop their classroom instruction on reading or writing.  Her websites are wealths of resources as well : and
  • The Common Core Companion: The Standards Decoded by Jim Burke 
  • Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading by Keylene Beers and Robert E. Probst
    • This books also refers you to a million other resources to continue learning! 
  • Misreading Masculinity by Tom Newkirk 
  • I Read It, But I Don't Get It by Cris Tovani 

To Read Next Running List 

Feel free to comment on this page with suggestions!  
  • Why We Broke Up - Daniel Handler 
  • Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand
  • Revolution - Deborah Wiles 
  • Thank You For Your Service - David Finkel 
  • Freedom - Jonathan Franzen  
  • Boot Camp - Todd Strasser 
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl - Timothy Egan 
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan 
  • Reading Ladders by Teri Lesesne *
  • Why Don't Students Like School?: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works + What It Means for the Classroom by Daniel T. Willingham *

July 2015

17.  Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

June 2015

12. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen 
13. The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
14. Read Between the Lines by Jo Knowles
15.  The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
16.  Across the Universe by Beth Revis 

May 2015

10. Laughing at My Nightmare - Shane Burkaw
11.  I'll Give You the Sun - Jandy Nelson 

April 2015

9.  I Was Here - Gayle Forman 

March 2015

5. Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers - Penny Kittle *
6. The Sky is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson
7. Undivided:  Book 4 in the Unwind Dystology - Neal Shusterman  
8.  Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowell 

February 2015

1.  Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn 
2.  Fifty Shades of Grey - E. L. James 
3.  Fifty Shades Darker - E.L. James  
4.  Fifty Shades Freed - E.L. James

*Professional development books 

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