Monday, May 28, 2012


I love books. Love love love books. I read way too often, sometimes as a form of procrastination. So, I'm joining up with Jodi at Clutter-Free Classroom for her summer reading linky party. 

This year, I've read a lot of good books on both the personal and professional side. Most of my teacher-y books were on teaching reading: Guided Reading: Good First Teaching for All Children, The CAFE Book, The Daily 5, Literacy Work Stations, and so on. I think everyone has read those, really.

On the SpEd side, I picked up The Out-of-Sync Child, which I am still struggling through. Do not read that one as an e-book, the formatting sucks. I also read Journal of Best Practices and Aspergirls, which were both lovely but not necessarily geared towards teachers.

I read a bunch of personal books, but the ones that all my teacher friends are buzzing about are the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy. I read them forever ago, but didn't say anything until the first grade team leader asked me (I was embarrassed!!!) They're great, but a little dark and twisty.

I'd recommend any of the above for summer reading, except with the caveat that you shouldn't get The Out-of-Sync Child, on your Nook or Kindle.

Now, for what I'm reading this summer. . .

After we leave school this week, first on my list are Math Work Stations, rereading  all of the Harry Potter series (thanks, Pottermore!) and Gabriel's Rapture. My first-grade-teacher-friend also said I'd like The Marriage Bargain. I have 45 more books on my to-read list on Goodreads, so let me know if you want any more recommendations.


  1. i am your newest follower. I can tell you have a great sense of humor! I teach 1st and have just started blogging. I hope you'll stop by!
    :) Dana
    Fun in 1st Grade

  2. Hi Ashely,

    I like to have a good mix of the fluffy and fun professional reads as well :)I teach 2nd grade. I found your cute blog and LOVE the title (mostly because I love iced lattes hah) Anywho, I'm a new follower of yours and have just getting into this whole teacher blogging business. Hope you'll stop by!


  3. Love your blog name!! I have many of the same books on my list for professional reads. I would love to read Math Work Stations too, but it's a bit pricey! I will have to check out The Fifty Shades of Grey, I love dark and twisty:)

    Surfin' Through Second

  4. I love your blog name as well. For dark and twisty, check out Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey. It is one of my all-time favorite books so I am going around and encouraging others to read it. Anyway, I am a new follower. Stop by and say hello.

    April @ The Idea Backpack