My Top Summer Reading Recs for Social Studies Teachers and Educators

In the summer, I usually have more time to sit down and dive into books that have been added to my ever-growing book list. When I was growing up, we had a bedtime but my parents made the rule that we could stay up as late as we wanted as long as we were reading. Let me tell you, I sure stayed up late! Now in my mid 30's, I find myself staying up way too late reading a good book. But with summer break, it means no alarms and more time to dive into a good book.

I often share book recommendations and reviews on my Instagram, and I also have an entire section of my website devoted to Book Recommendations. I do my best to update this periodically. With summer break on the way, I want to share a few of my recent favs. These book recs aren't exactly light summer reading. But what I love is that books can provide windows and mirrors, and the best learning is when it's the unfamiliar.

Educated, Tara Westover

This book has been around for a few years, and if you haven't read it yet, I would definitely add this to the top of your list. This memoir by Tara Westover shares her story of grit and resilience in overcoming the many obstacles of growing up in a Mormon survivalist home. From the mountains of Idaho with an improper home education, she finds her way to a doctorate degree from Cambridge University.