Hi, friends!
It's been a while since I blogged last-specifically two months.

The longer I blog, the more I realize I want only great content posted here. 

I don't want to waste your time if I don't have something really awesome to say.

That may mean I don't post as often (ha!) 
but it will also mean what does get posted is meaningful to me, 
and hopefully you.

EDIT: I wrote this post before Molly had her linky, so the format is not like hers, but I'm linking up anyway! Thanks, Molly!

I LOVE BOOKS! Most teachers do, right?

If you cherish your time inside the pages of a book like I do, 
then maybe you'll find a good read right here! 

My reading list this summer includes pleasure and professional reads. 
Today, I'm focusing on books for pleasure!

Later this week I'll share the professional books I plan to read.

*Clicking on the pics will take you to my Amazon affiliate links.

Let's get started!

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
This book is everywhere. 
This is the story of Rachel who travels each day on a commuter train. 
What she sees from the train, or thinks she sees, is the premise for the story. 
I'm a big fan of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window!
 I can't wait to dig into this one.

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
This book has been sitting on my shelf for awhile. 
I hope this summer allows me enough time to dive in!
The Kitchen House is the story of the orphaned Lavinia, who finds herself working in the Big House of a Virginia plantation years before the Civil War.

At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
Sara Gruen is the author of Water for Elephants, 
which is a favorite read of mine. 
At the Water's Edge is the story of Maddie, Ellis, and Hank, 
who travel to Scotland in 1944 in search of the Loch Ness monster.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
I have friends who live and breathe for a good Kristin Hannah book. 
I am ashamed to say I've never read one. 
I'm ready, though.
The Nightingale is the story of two sisters living in France 
during the onset of World War II.

Dark Witch by Nora Roberts
I've read many Nora Roberts books over the years but not in quite a  while.
 This one intrigued me. It's now sitting on my shelf. 
Dark Witch is the first in a trilogy of books about Irish cousins who live and love in a small town where supernatural powers exist.

How to Start a Fire by Lisa Luz
How to Start a Fire seems like the ultimate summer read. It celebrates the friendship of three women who meet in college and remain lifelong friends.

Those Girls by Chevy Stevens
Chevy Stevens is a new author to me,
 and Those Girls doesn't actually come out until July, but... 
I'm hoping to read it before school starts in August. 
This is the story of three sisters who change their names 
and go on the run after a horrifying event with their father. 

 I am SO excited about this one!
Did you grow up reading Judy Blume?
Well, she has another one out for big girls! 
Hip! Hip!
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
In the Unlikely Event tells the story of Miri, who lived in New Jersey in the 1950s
 when three small planes crashed within two months. 
Miri returns to her hometown thirty-five years later for the commemoration.

Will I make it through all these books this summer? Doubtful! makes me happy to see pretty books on my shelf and know they are there when I'm ready. 

That's the neat thing about books, like good friends, they are always there.

Happy reading, friends!


  1. I loved The Girl on the Train and The Nightingale. Great reads!

    1. Hi, Tammy! Thanks for letting me know! That makes me want to read them more! ha! Hope you are enjoying your summer!! Laura

  2. Kristin Hannah and Nora Roberts are 2 of my favorite authors. I just finished Nora Robert's witch trilogy. I really enjoyed it. The best book I read in a long time was Mean Streak by Sandra Brown. Another romantic intrigue with many surprising twists.
    Pauline @ First Grade by the Sea

    1. Hi, Pauline! This will be my first Kristin Hannah, but I love Nora Roberts! My Mother is a big Sandra Brown fan so I'll have to check that one out! Thanks for the suggestion! Happy, Happy Summer! Laura

  3. You will LOVE Kristin Hannah books (although that book is not her typical writing style so definitely read Firefly Lane!) I am totally going to check out some of your suggestions!

    ☘ Molly
    Lucky to Be in First

  4. I've got At the Water's Edge in my pile of books on my nightstand right now! Can't wait to read it - Water for Elephants is one of my all-time faves.

    Paiges of Learning

  5. First of all, this is my first time coming by your blog and I have to comment on its adorable-y-ness (yes I just said that!) Second of all, I think I need to add The Girl on the Train to my list. I keep seeing it everywhere; even Target recommends it!

    A LoveLi Class