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BOMish: June 2019 {My Mid-Year Top 5 Reads}

It’s the most magical time of the year: the halfway point! The year has just as much experience behind it as it has possibility left. It’s a fantastic time to become intimidated by the unfinished evaluate New Year’s Resolutions, as well as personal professional development goals. {Remember, as always, you are in charge of your own professional development.}

For my half-way point, I’m taking the opportunity to round up and reflect on my top reads of the year. Check it!

Book 1: Educated : A Memoir (Tara Westover)
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  • 2-sentence review: Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes inspiring, sometimes loathsome, but always honest and raw, Tara Westover’s journey from unschooling(ish) in rural Idaho with her survivalist family to Cambridge is downright captivating and begs the question of what makes an education. Entrancing from the first word.
  • Recommend to: Educators and/or admin looking for a non-traditional non-fiction educational read.
Book 2: Maybe It’s You (Lauren Handel Zander)
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  • 2-sentence review: In an era where it is simply far too easy to blame others for our own situations, this is a humbling, real, and non-platitudinous framework for approaching and re-routing your current life path. It’s not always a pleasant read, but that discomfort is probably where we need the work.
  • Recommend to: Anyone stuck in a rut who finds excuse-making too easy.
Book 3: Work Hard. Be Nice. (Jay Mathews)
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  • 2-sentence review: The inspirational tale of two Teach for America candidates who bounce from starry-eyed aspirations to utter failure to humble success. This is the dynamic and tumultuous narrative of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP).
  • Recommend to: New teachers, or anyone in need of an inspirational kick in the pants
Book 4: The Front Desk (Kelly Yang)
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  • 2-sentence review: A non-sugar-coated, yet easily accessed YA novel about an immigrant teen from China transitioning into North American life. While overall humorous, it also tackles real-deal topics: family dynamics, third-culture kids, racism, and cross-cultural communication.
  • Recommend to: Intermediate elementary teachers (Grade 3-5ish) for read-alouds and/or individual reading books… especially for those looking for less cookie-cutter and more raw young lit.
Book 5: The Great Alone (Kristin Hannah)
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  • 2-sentence review: While not rooted exclusively nor firmly in the field of education, this book exposes readers to the raw, gritty, realness of Alaska homesteading in the 1970s, in which Nature reigns supreme. This book reminded me how the power of community, and the deep-hooked grip places as wild and delicious as Alaska can shape who we are can who we can become.
  • Recommend to: Anyone looking for a good, intoxicating read.
  • What books have been most pivotal to you this year?
  • What’s on your list for the rest of the year?