2019 Summer Reading Challenge Round Up

Summer is officially over, so it’s time to round up my Summer Reading Challenge.

Total Books Read: 44

#OwnVoices Books Read: 23 (52%)

LGBTQ+ Books Read: 7 (16%)

Graphic Novels Read: 10 (23%)

My goal was 76 books, so I didn’t get there, but I’m pretty happy with 44! I also have a lot of great books to recommend and talk about with students and teachers.  I would like to have read even more #OwnVoices and LGBTQ+ books, but I’m fairly happy with the diversity of books I read as well.



Book Forty-Four: Dear Martin

dear martinSo this one is cheating a little bit… Summer is officially over, but I started listening to this book before it ended, so I’m going to count it as part of my Summer Read Challenge. And what an awesome, powerful, emotional book to end on. Definitely a last but not least situation.

This book is an incredibly timely story, speaking to the racism that so many young people experience every day. The conversations felt so real to me, as did the pain and frustration the main character felt throughout the book. I wanted to reach through the pages and hug some characters and throttle others.

I would recommend this book to all of my high school students, as well as my faculty. You should go read it too.

Book Forty-Three: Want

WANTfinalcover1.jpgThis was a great sci-fi read. Fast-moving, but with underlying ethical issues that feel all too plausible.  I really liked the main character, as well as the supporting cast.  All in all, a very entertaining and interesting read.

I’d recommend this to students in the 8th grade and up who enjoy science fiction and/or action.

Book Forty-Two: Five Worlds, The Sand Warrior

5 worldsI thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novel.  The art was great, the plot was intriguing, and the action moved you right along. I’m looking forward to reading the next book because this one leaves you with a lot of questions.

I’d recommend this to students in the 6th grade and up who enjoy fantasy/adventure and graphic novels.


Book Forty-One: Black Enough

black enoughThis collection of stories was recommended to me by one of my students who saw it on display and said her parents had gotten in for her and she LOVED it. Any time a student has that reaction to a book, I know I need to pick it up.  And it was good! I loved the variety of perspectives and stories, from differences in gender and sexuality to differences in socioeconomic status to differences in family structure and ethnic background.

I’d recommend this to high school students who enjoy realistic fiction.

Book Forty: Midas

midasWhat would have happened to the Earth if King Midas’s golden touch spread across the planet?  This graphic novel takes on that question in a totally unique storyline, set far in the future from Midas’s time. It’s like someone mashed up Star Wars with Greek Mythology with Science. All in all, a good read.

I’d recommend this to high school students who like science fiction and graphic novels.

Book Thirty-Nine: Pandora’s Legacy

pandora.jpgI have mixed feelings about this graphic novel.  On the one hand, I love the idea behind it, the depiction of mythological elements, and the adorable talking cat.  On the other hand, it felt a little disjointed and sometimes I had a hard time following the changes in location/time/scenes. Also, there was so much action packed into a short novel that character development was very minimal.

My recommendations for this book would be fairly limited to students who really enjoy Greek/Roman Mythology and who don’t mind stories without much substance other than the action scenes.