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Sara Hildreth is a reader, teacher, and lifelong learner. As an unabashed bookworm, Sara's work and play all revolves around the reading life.
Sara currently teaches high school English at an all-girls school in Colorado. Her schedule varies each year, but courses she's taught include American Literature, British Literature, African-American Literature, Shakespeare, Women in Literature, and AP Language and Composition. There's nothing she loves more than assigning books students actually enjoy reading.
While working on her MA in Literature at Georgetown University, Sara began sharing her reading life publicly on Instagram as a way to connect with bibliophiles outside of academia. Through her participation in this community, Sara fell in love with recommending books to a larger audience all while challenging her thinking and expanding her own reading taste.
Sara owns more books than she can ever hope to read and if she invites you over for a glass of wine, you'll also undoubtedly be forced to take a book or two home with you. She lives in Denver, CO with her husband and their puppy, Mr. Bingley.
Sara's Favorite Books
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
Naamah by Sarah Blake
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
Best to Teach
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Passing by Nella Larsen
Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt