What’s Up Wednesday: How to Build a Summer Reading List That Rocks

With the school year getting down to the single digits, it’s time to start gathering some ideas for summer reading. The first thing you need to do is narrow your choices a bit: Do you want to catch up on bestsellers? Have a long list of recent series installments you’ve been meaning to read? Looking to brush up on some classics? There’s a ton of options out there, and whittling it down to the few you can cram into one summer can be tough. So, I thought this flowchart from teach.com was a pretty nifty way to help come up with some possibilities for a list for this summer. It’s VERY long, but all the better for giving a lot of really good options for what to bring along on summer vacation.

(side note – this site also has a lot of info for aspiring teachers, so if that’s a career possibility, it’s worth perusing a bit)

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Reading Classics flow chart


Hopefully this will help you get started on what to read next. Its given me a few ideas of books I’d like to add to my To Read list and attempt to tackle over the summer months (in addition to the Harry Potter books, which I’ve FINALLY started in on).

A few other links that might help coming up with something new:

http://whatshouldireadnext.com/  (very basic – type in the name of an author you like, and a list of suggestions gets generated)

http://www.yournextread.com/us/ (the same idea, just a bit flashier and a little more interactive)

http://www.openingthebook.com/whichbook/ (choose based on levels of book characteristics – tone, length, expectations, etc. This one is probably the coolest!)

http://www.bookkaholic.com/what-should-i-read-next/ (lots and lots of book reviews)

http://www.thefussylibrarian.com/ (emails you daily with recommendations)

In addition, if you do a quick Google, you’ll find that a lot of public and school libraries have similar pages devoted to helping readers figure out what to read next. I’ll also still be doing posts at the beginning of each month on upcoming and new releases. Happy reading!



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