Summer Reading List

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Back on May 1st, I asked readers to share what they were reading, what they had recently read and what they intended to read. It was to be a big May Day Reading List. As the month of May draws to a close, we have received 37 recommendations from readers in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Monterrey (the one with two Rs in Mexico); Dallas, Texas; Ottawa (yes, it’s actually the capital of Canada) and Barcelona, Spain. Thanks also to the readers from unknown parts of the planet!

I have listed these 37 yummy books below; you will find them in alphabetical order by title. The * at the end of an entry indicates that I have read the book and give it a big Teacher Girl thumbs up!

Happy Reading!

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett *
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott *
Blindness by Jose Saramago
Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner *
Cinnamon City: Falling for the Magical City of Marrakech by Miranda Innes
Country of My Skull by Antjie Krog
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything by Elizabeth Gilbert *
Five People You Meet in Hell: Surviving Katrina by Robert Smallwood
Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
Griffin & Sabine (and all of the related books) by Nick Bantock *
High Tide in Tuscon by Barbara Kingsolver *
How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe by Thomas Cahill
Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurty
Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides *
Moral Disorder and Other Stories by Margaret Atwood *
My Antonia by Willa Cather
On Mexican Time by Tony Cohan *
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen *
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver *
Run by Ann Patchett *
Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn
The Book Thief by by Markus Zusak *
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyle *
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart presents America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank *
The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein *
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke
The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett *
The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman *
The Sparrow and Children of God by Mary Doria Russell *
The Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessen Boyle
Unless: A Novel by Carol Shields *
Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen *
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls *


  1. great book suggestions. i'm a teacher/librarian and had read a bunch of them, but some were new (and exciting!) to me! thanks.your blog is so beautiful. i love love love your san miguel series.

  2. This, my blogging friend, is where we will have to agree to disagree. While I might not recommend “Eat, Pray, Love" to you – world traveler that you are – I feel obligated to tell you that Middlesex is a brilliant novel. There’s nothing girl-y about it. The novels “Run” by Ann Patchett and “Moral Disorder” by Margaret Atwood spin amazing worlds in which the reader can become immersed. Lost. My undergraduate degree was in English Literature and god stories continue to be my truest love. Current events may inform but they don’t love you back in the same way that a great book does. Reading a memorable novel while travelling across Europe on a train… what could be better?

  3. @KristenI really appreciate your feedback on the summer reading list. Some of these are new reads for me as well!Have you visited San Miguel? It's really lovely… even with the Starbucks!Thanks for visiting Teacher Meets World… and for the lovely compliments.

  4. monna- i haven't, but i hope to! my dad recently bought a house in torreon, so hopefully it won't be long before i get to travel more in mexico 🙂

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