In spite of a significant break from work in December, it ended up being my slowest reading month of the year. That’s okay because I still met my goal of reading 100 books in 2019 and had a few highly enjoyable December reads.
Here’s everything I read in December:
Verity by Colleen Hoover. For a dark, twisty psychological thriller that you’ll need to discuss immediately after finishing.
- Can I teach it? Definitely not.
Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob. For a beautiful, poignant, and sharp look at the impacts of racism and today’s political landscape on everyday lives.
- Can I teach it? Absolutely, but it’s not politically neutral so be prepared to have some difficult but necessary conversations.
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. For a weird and wild trip back to Townsend’s mysterious and whimsical land of Nevermoor.
- Can I teach it? This would be a great series for middle schoolers and a good one to keep in any classroom library for reluctant readers.
The Likeness by Tana French. For a good procedural mystery with a campus setting and a Gothic tone.
- Can I teach it? This would be a good one for a genre-studies course or a good independent reading option for juniors or seniors.
American Royals by Katharine McPhee. For a fast and dishy YA romance with lots of romances to root for.
- Can I teach it? No, but recommending this to your students will probably make you a favorite in many of their eyes.
The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan. For a short, sweet slow burn of a romance that includes one very steamy scene modeling true enthusiastic consent.
- Can I teach it? Absolutely not.
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. For the Underground Railroad as a spy novel that’s rich in African American literary traditions.
- Can I teach it? Definitely!
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