My Summer Reading List (part 1)

Huzzah, summer is here!  I am really hoping to get my read on heavily…I’m so pleased I’m now 29 books into my 52 book challenge (one of my New Year’s Ambitions), and holiday time seems like the perfect time to read on and get plenty more books under the belt.  I’m aiming to read ten books over the summer (getting me *thisclose* to the forties).  Here’s part one of the summer list:

A Song of Ice and Fire (5) – A Dance With Dragons, by George R.R. Martin

I am so enjoying this series!  I’m about two-thirds of the way through Book 4 (A Feast For Crows) just now, and I know that as soon as I put it down I’ll be dying to go on to Book 5!  Am a bit worried after that though – the next two books are yet to be released!

Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion, by Janet Reitman.

I love reading about religion, and I’ve heard great things about this book.  Some reviews I’ve seen are comparing it to the excellent Under The Banner of Heaven, which is a stunning piece of reportage.  Looking forward to getting my teeth into this!

Math Doesn’t Suck, by Danica McKellar.


I bought this book (and its sequel, Kiss My Math) months ago, but have been so busy this school year I haven’t read them yet!  I’m hoping to read this over summer, KMM over the autumn, revise my GSCE maths in the spring, and to sign up for an A-level course next autumn.  I used to really, properly love maths, but I had some very poor teachers in senior school and I lost all the joy of it.  Since becoming a teacher, the passion has been re-awakened, and I’m excited to see what happens next!  Maths FTW.

Spoiled, by Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks.

I’ve been a longtime fan of the website Go Fug Yourself, and meant to buy this when it first came out….but my good intentions were for naught!  Very much looking forward to a good, trashy, fun read!

The Lazy Teacher’s Handbook: How your students learn more when you teach less, by Jim Smith.


A couple of friends recommended this – far from encouraging laziness, it’s more about empowering students and encouraging them to think independently.  A huge focus for me as a teacher.  Looking forward to picking up some new tricks to take into the classroom!


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  1. Siobhan
    15th July 2012 / 9:44 am

    Good list. I hope to pick up reading properly once we have moved house. I also hope to read on the plane for our honeymoon. Currently working my way through Number 9 Dream and realising that I really do not like David Mitchell books but that is a good thing to learn (this is my second one and it gives me the same vague misgivings as the first).Next up is another book M bought me, but at the moment it is at the bottom of a box!

    • Claire
      16th July 2012 / 11:23 pm

      Good luck with the move, darling girl. Please don't forget to let us know your new address!

  2. Shan
    16th July 2012 / 1:35 am

    Some good books there. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on them. Hooray for book challenges!

    • Claire
      16th July 2012 / 11:23 pm

      You are the queen of books! 🙂

  3. Scarlet
    16th July 2012 / 1:56 am

    The first couple of books look great to me…I've always been curious about Scientology. We had a center near my old workplace (back in the early 90s) and a friend attended a few "sessions" where they basically made her stare at another person, expressionless, and the first person to look away had to be retimed. It was intense and a little too freaky for me, but a book about the subject, I may have to dig into that one. Thanks for the recommendations and Happy Reading to you, chica! xo

    • Claire
      16th July 2012 / 11:24 pm

      It's one of those reigions which ultimately I find a little intense and a little scary, but I'm fascinated to learn more!

  4. Relyn
    16th July 2012 / 2:44 am

    The Lazy Teacher's Handbook made me think of another book you might like. I LOVED it and found it so helpful. It's called Never Work Harder Than Your Students. POWERFUL!

    • Claire
      16th July 2012 / 11:25 pm

      Thanks, Relyn – I've added that one to my wishlist on amazon!

  5. Samantha
    16th July 2012 / 8:46 am

    Nice list! And now I have even more books on my Amazon wish list :). I look forward to hearing about them omnce they're read. Hmmm….really should get back to that BBC Top 200 list I've been reading for several years. xx

    • Claire
      16th July 2012 / 11:25 pm

      That is such a great project, I used to love seeing your updates on it. How many have you read?

  6. Christielli
    17th July 2012 / 2:49 am

    I like the look of the lazy teacher's handbook.

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