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Summer Reads: Teacher's Top 20 Fiction

We asked; you answered.

Last week, through the Pampered Teacher newsletter we asked subscribers to answer a few teacher related questions so we could create some quality blog post with input from lots of teachers.

The first question we're reporting on is....(drum roll)

What is your favorite summer read - fiction

Summer Reads Teacher's top 20 fiction suggestions for beach books with quick book reviews that let you know if it is the right novel for you

Summer is the perfect time to relax, rejuvenate and escape into a great book. Often the novels are coveted until these precious months when they can be toted to the beach, on an airplane or a backyard hammock.

For those of you who may be looking for some fiction inspiration, fellow teachers provided 20 solid suggestions of both authors and book titles that are sure to pique your interest.  

1. Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley - if you've ever loved a pet you need to read, laugh and cry with this book

2. The Chronicles of Narnia - a fairy tale with threads of Christian theology throughout

3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - a perfect romance read for those who love characters you want to root for

4. Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly - inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this novels follows three women facing Nazi terror and suppression

5. The Tutor Court Series by Philippa Gregory - all the deets on King Henry's wives with the highest attention to historical accuracy

6. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton - the classic story of Greasers vs. Socs

7. Sarah J. Maas books - a bestselling author before the age of 30, delivers fantasy fiction with kick-butt action 

8. Jodi Picoult books - grab a box of tissues, you're in for an emotional ride

9. Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon - a time-travel, romance book set in post World War II Scotland and mid 18th century Scotland that is ludicrous, well-written, humorous and delicious trash all in one...or 8 if you count the whole series

10. James Patterson books - if you're a fan of electrifying, page-turning thrillers, these will keep you on the edge of your beach lounger

11. Mary Higgins Clark books - an international best seller with a multitude of genres to choose from - everything from short stories to suspense novels, so if you're not sure what you're looking for and just want it to be good, I'd say browse her titles

12. Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris- a mind reader and a vampire make for light and fun summer reading

13. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - packed with bleak truths, difficult topics and wryly dark humor, it will speak to you in places you don't even know you have ears

14. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah - a story of friendship, the Pacific Northwest and pop culture references of the 70s, 80s and 90s

15. James Lee Burke books - author of the Dave Robicheaux series which are dark, complex and full of great metaphors, strong and well developed characters

16. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion - honest, hilarious, and easy to love but it's a sequel; read The Rosie Project first if you have not already 

 17. Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan - a spin-off of the Percy Jackson series pleases its cult following with sass and humor

18. The 13th Reality by James Dashner- teen lit with vibrant and endearing characters, the kind of book you can read with or without your kids

19. Modern Lovers by Emma Straub - this story of teenagers and married parents that you want to both throttle and hug, manages to be funny and deeply relatable.

20. Agatha Christie - nothing like classic suspense novels to hold your attention and make for great campfire stories

I'd love to know if you have any more suggestions. Please leave them in the comments!

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