Summer Reading List (For Teachers!)

Updated 05/19/22

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You hand out reading lists to your students every summer, but when was the last time you made one for yourself? Summer is the most opportune time to start something new, and there are so many books to read! Regardless of your genre preferences, you probably have some catching up to do. Here are some ideas to get a head start on your summer reading list, based on great online reviews:


Beach Books:

These are the summer staples: feel-good, often romantic and humorous, that are light and breezy, just like the perfect beach day’s weather.


The Patron Saint of Second Chances

by Christine Simon 


The Guncle

by Steven Rowley


Beach Read

by Emily Henry 



Don’t slip down the summer slide where you stop learning just because school’s out! Summer is a great time to learn something new or see things from a different perspective. 


Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures

by Merlin Sheldrake 


Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop

by Danyel Smith 


Beautfiful Country

by Qian Julie Wang


Short stories:

Sometimes we’re busier than expected during the summer. The solution? Short stories. Get engrossed in a selection of stories just as compelling as full novels. 


We Want What We Want

by Alix Ohlin


Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century

 by Kim Fu 


Letter to a Stranger: Essays to the Ones Who Haunt Us

by Colleen Kinder, Leslie Jamison 



Maybe light and breezy isn’t your thing. Maybe you’re looking for a little more excitement– maybe a little mystery– just like your favorite true crime podcast. 


I’ll Be You

by Janelle Brown 


Portrait of a Thief

by Grace D. Li 


The Summer We Buried

by Jody Gehrman 



Perfect for getting lost in another world. 


Sea of Tranquility

by Emily St. John Mandel 


Nettle & Bone

by T. Kingfisher


The Impossible Us

by Sarah Lotz 


Historical fiction:

History buffs, these are for you. Or for anyone who binge-watches period pieces on the weekends. 


The Unlocked Path

by Janis Robinson Daly 


The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels

by India Holton 


And then follow that with its sequel:


The League of Gentlewomen Witches

by India Holton 


The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois 

by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers



Stellar imagery, lyrical expression. Some of the most moving pieces you’ll read this summer.


Time is a Mother

 by Ocean Vuong



by Rae Armantrout


An Art, A Craft, A Mystery: A Novel-in-Verse

by Laura Secord


Originally posted 2022

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