Summer Reading Picks for Teachers {2019}

Summer is right around the corner, so you know what that means...time for this year's reading picks for teachers! Summer is the perfect time for teachers to read whether it's at the beach, by the pool, or in the comfort of your home on a warm day.

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Reading is an easy way to unwind and relax. And, after a crazy busy school year, every teacher can use some of that!

I've got lots of great reads to share with you this year including books I've read, am currently reading, and books I plan to read. I hope you find a few to add to your summer TBR pile. :)

A few tips:
  • Remember to check your local library for these titles. It's a great way to get out of the house, and save money.
  • If you own a Kindle, stock up on all the books you want to read this summer. Most of the time, the digital version is much cheaper. I've grown so fond of my Kindle that it's now my go to. It's small enough to fit in my purse which makes it easy to bring my book(s) with me wherever I go.

Books I've Read (and You Should Too)

I loved this book. It was a really fun read. It was the perfect combo of comedy, romance, and adventure. I don't want to give away too much, but a princess partners up with a spy to figure out what happened to someone that was once close to her only to reveal a deep, dark secret that could destroy the monarchy. Exciting, right?

I loved this one too. It's the story of twins, one a beauty queen, the other a school librarian. When Ginny the beauty queen is afflicted with facial swelling before a big pageant begins, Charlotte the librarian reluctantly steps in and takes her place. To complicate things further, she falls for one of the judges! This story is so entertaining. It's light content makes for an easy and enjoyable read.

My Favorite Half-Night Stand
Truth be told, I decided to read this book because the characters in the story work at my old college. Haha! As it turns out, it was a great book. The story centers around a small group of friends who teach at the university. Millie is the only woman in the group and ends up falling for one of the guys in the group. Watching them figure out how to go from friends to more than friends is a roller coaster like experience. I enjoyed the humor in this story as well as the watching Millie grow.

How to Walk Away
This books was a bit outside my normal reading material. What I mean by that is, instead of it being a light read, it had a more serious story line. Margaret, the main character, survives a fiery plane crash. She finds herself having to rebuild her life, which will never be even remotely the same as it was before. There are moments where I laughed and moments where I teared up. There were also moments where I felt angry. In other words, it gave me all the feels. It's a very well written story and I highly recommend it.

Sophia of Silicon Valley
Sophia has sass and smarts. She's small, but fierce. She's got drive, but sometimes that gets in the way of her own life and health. Eventually, she realizes that the rat race to a powerful job isn't all it's cracked up to be.

I really enjoyed Small Admissions by the same author, so I decided to give this novel a try too. It was a very different kind of story, but I liked it! This book combines the heart of a teacher with celebrity shenanigans. What's not to love there? Hehe. It's the story of a teacher who has moved to New York with her family. One day she accidentally becomes the assistant to a spoiled celeb. She's soon knee deep in taking care of her famous boss while struggling to help her kids acclimate to their new home in the big city. It's good, trust me!

When Dimple Met Rishi
So, this is actually a young adult book. I know that doesn't make much of a difference to many, just thought I'd mention it. The characters, Dimple and Rishi, are fresh out of high school and find themselves at the same summer program. Dimple is excited to be on her own and try new things. Rishi is all about family tradition and honor. Their parents hope they will marry (they set it up so they'd be at the same summer program). Rishi is totally up for honoring tradition, but is Dimple??? I won't give you any hints. Read it to find out.

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler
I had a hard time putting this book down! It's a well written story and while I can't identify with what Amy has been through on a personal level, I found myself empathizing and rooting for her. Amy is an overworked single mom. Several years prior her husband left for business and never came back. One day, out of the blue, her estranged husband shows up and offers to take the kids he hasn't seen for several years for the summer. She agrees and ventures out to the big city. Eventually, she's confronted with making a difficult decision.

The Royal Treatment
After finishing up a binge watching session of Reign on Netflix, I was left wanting more things royal in my life. So, I searched on Amazon and this book popped up. I was able to download this first book in the series for free! According to Amazon, it was included with my Prime membership. Yay!

Anyway, it's so good! It's part of a romantic comedy series, and it definitely reads like a romantic comedy. It's light and fun, and probably should be made into a movie. Tessa is a full time blogger. One of her blogs basically bashes the royal family. She's invited to live at the castle for a few months. Why? Well, the royals hope they can change her mind about them. She thinks she'll get more ammunition against the royals by moving in, but soon learns they aren't all that bad, especially the handsome prince. ;) Next, I'm moving on to book 2 in the series (see the TBR section below).

My TBR (To Be Read) Pile 

The Royal Wedding
So this is the follow up to The Royal Treatment shared above. Tessa is now engaged to the prince, but finds that she has to prove herself to the nation that she's worthy to be a princess. Tessa is generally a clumsy person and has a past of embarrassing herself on a national level, so I'm pretty sure there will be some fun antics in this book. Can't wait to read it!

P.S. This title wasn't free with Prime like the first book was, but when purchasing for your Kindle, it's super inexpensive.

The Queen of Klutz
The desciption on this book is pretty short, but I can tell it's a book with attitude and sass, so I'm all for it.

The Unhoneymooners
I like this author and this book came recommended, so clearly I need to read it. The description reads like a romantic comedy. Two people who can't stand each other find themselves in a position where they have to pretend to like each other. Definitely can't wait to read this one.

Surprise Me
I basically love anything Sophie Kinsella writes. After ten years of marriage, the couple in this story decides to do things to surprise each other and keep their romance alive, but mishaps happen along the way and surprises turn into shocking truths. Sounds fun!

The Price of Paradise
I don't usually read historical fiction, but this one sounded good. Actually, it might not technically be historical fiction, it's just a story that happens to take place in the 40s. In Cuba. It involves a forbidden love, mobsters, and everything in between.
I have actually started reading this book, but that was so long ago that I plan to start from scratch again this summer. It's about a young girl named Isabella whose parents divorce. She is split between two homes and two ways of living. Her father is black, and her mother is white, and she constantly endures comments from strangers about her looks which leads her to seek understanding of her identity. Isabella grapples with what it means to be "half this and half that" while dealing with the fact that her family is becoming even more divided. One day, she has a scary and dangerous encounter with police. I'm sure I will cry ugly tears.

You can find all of my Summer Reading Picks in my Amazon store. This link will take you to all of the books I've shared over the past few years. Click HERE to access all the titles in one place.
You can also use these links to learn about past summer picks:
Summer Reading 2016
Summer Reading 2017
Summer Reading 2018
Do you have any recommendations to add? Share your favorite summer reads in the comments below. :)


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