Monday, May 28, 2012

Summer Reading Link Up and My Ron Clark Story

Every summer when I was growing up, until I was a teenager and got a job, I spent pretty much all of my time reading.  I was lucky to grow up in a house with an awesome pool and deck, and my favorite way to spend the day was floating in an inner tube and reading a book.  I still love reading, but I've found teaching can get in the way. :( I always have great plans to force myself to relax and unwind by reading during the school year, but it never happens.  This summer I plan on spending lots of time reading, and I'm excited to link up to Mrs. Standford's Summer Reading Linky Party as well as Jodi's Summer Reading Contest over at Clutter-Free Classroom

I am excited to possibly win Ron Clark's newest book from Jodi's contest! I met Ron Clark back when I was in college, he came to my university, and I worked as a student aide at the College of Education at the time.  You could say I was his "assistant" that day.  I picked up his Subway and always made sure he had a cold bottle of water.  In exchange, he gave me a free copy of The Essential Fifty Five and wrote the following inside: "Dear Lisa, Thank you for making the decision to teach.  I know you will be awesome.  All the best, Ron Clark."  So sometimes on those really rough days, I open up that book and remind myself that Ron Clark himself said "I'm going to be awesome." :)

Okay, now it's time to talk summer reading! While I love reading professional development books, I find myself wanting to read so many at one time, and then I get overwhelmed, and quit.  So most of my summer reading includes lots of fun reads. :) I love, love, love Emily Giffin and Elin Hilderbrand and they both have new books coming out this summer, I am just a tad excited about that. :)
On the professional side, I plan on brushing up on some of my professional favorites, and getting familiar with the manuals/curriculum for my new grade level. 

What are you reading this summer? Please leave me a comment with the book you are most excited to read this summer.  While I might not get to it this summer, I'm always adding to my list of "Must Read Books"!


  1. Thanks for linking up! These look like great reads :)

    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog

  2. I need to check out Elin Hildebrand. I love finding new authors because I tend to consume all the books by an author and then run out of authors.

    April @ The Idea Backpack

  3. Daily 5 is great! Comprehension Connections just arrived in my mailbox today!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  4. I am so excited about read the daily 5.

    Queen with Class

  5. I love Comprehension Connections. It helps make abstract concepts more concrete for kiddos. Thanks for recommending The Litte Women Letters. I have two sisters and grew up loving Little Women so I can't wait to read it!

    Once Upon a Teaching Blog


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