Book Recommendations from an English Teacher

We brought in the big guns for this blog–our English teacher mom, Kim! She is quite the reader, already having read 40 books this year.

If you’re looking for a great summer read, here are her top 5 recommendations!

1. When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi)

This book is a memoir of a doctor who tells his story of developing lung cancer. Mrs. Syverson says that although it is sad, it is also a very good book and well-written.

2. Rules of Civility (Amor Towles)

This novel follows three young friends in their 20s during the 1930s and how their lives change from an accident. Mrs. Syverson recommends this one because the author is very smart, it is a great story, and historical!

3. The Boy Made of Blocks (Keith Stuart)

In this book, a man whose son has autism finds a way to connect to his son in an unconventional way–Minecraft. Through their journey, the man’s son begins to open up and grow with his dad.

4. Columbine (Dave Cullen)

You’ve most likely heard of this American tragedy, but maybe you don’t know all of the facts. This author researched Columbine for 10 years, getting the real story of what went on. Mrs. Syverson says you will look at everything about that day differently.

5. A Man Called Ove (Fredrik Backman)

Ove, a grumpy old widower wants to end his own life, but everytime he tries, he gets interrupted. Now, although this sounds a bit morbid, Mrs. Syverson says that you will go from not liking One to loving him at the end of the novel.

We hope you enjoy these books! There will be more to come at Mrs. Syverson’s rate 😉

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