It is hard to believe that it is Back-to-School time already! As a mom, I am trying to soak in every second of uninterrupted time with my daughter. As a teacher, I am beginning to panic thinking of everything I need to do to get ready for the new crop of students.
Going back to school is stressful for teachers, students, and parents alike. Ahhh…the mad rush to gather all of the school supplies. A word of advice from a teacher, shop early. If you wait until the weekend before school starts, you will arrive at the store and wonder if a zombie apocalypse has just occurred.
Back-to-school time can also be exciting. It is a fresh start. It is a time to reinvent yourself…or at least your wardrobe. I love starting anew. It is like turning the page of a brand new book.
Speaking of books, this is a great time to read something new. Hoarding pencils and notebooks, investing in a new wardrobe, and arranging child care takes it’s toll. After you have carefully labeled all of the supplies and planned at least a week’s worth of lunches, it is time to curl up with a good book and escape the madness.
*The following contains affiliate links, but I was not paid to recommend any of these books. All opinions are 100% my own. I am just an avid reader with lots of opinions!
For the Pet-Loving Entrepreneur:
Amazing Gracie by Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff. Not only is this the tale of one sweet puppy, it may just inspire your entrepreneurial spirit. Gracie suffers from what the authors describe as her “delicate constitution”. They were inspired to create special dog food just for Gracie and it grew into an accidental business. If you love your fur baby more than anything or are thinking of starting your own business, this is the book for you.
2. For Lover of Classics:
East of Eden by John Steinbeck. This is one of my favorite books of all time. Nobody weaves a story quite like Steinbeck. This particular story merges the biblical tales of Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel. But it also has the drama and intrigue of a modern day soap opera. It is utterly captivating.
3. For the Mystery Lover:
Sister by Rosamund Lupton. It is believed that Bee’s sister, Tess, committed suicide. However, Bee knows better (as sisters do). She begins to investigate her sister’s untimely death and puts her own life at risk. The plot may seem vaguely familiar, but the writing is new and fresh. This author is definitely one to watch!
4. For the Lover of Good Television:
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. If you love the television show, you will love the first book of the series. If you have not seen the television show, what in the world is wrong with you? I give full permission to stop reading this blog post and start binge watching the series on HBO. Seriously. Go…NOW.
5. For the Teacher:
One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern. The second I receive my class list, I start trying to memorize names. I have a fairly decent memory, but my trick is to associate each student with a story. In Ahern’s book, Kitty visits her dying mentor and asks her, “What is the one story you have always wanted to write?”
Kitty receives only a list of one hundred names with no explanation. She begins to investigate each name and becomes captivated by their stories. This book reminds the reader that everyone has a story worth telling.
6. For the Makeover Lover:
Bet Me by Jennifer Cruisie. A new school year is the perfect time for a new start. Dowdy and irritable Minerva meets smooth and handsome Cal. She believes he only wants to date her because of a bet. They fall in love despite both of their misgivings. Minerva does not so much reinvent herself as realize her true worth. It is a fun, light romance.
7. For the Mommy Blogger:
The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton. A group of moms get together at the playground and swap stories. They realize that they have a lot to say and all begin writing in their journals. Then, they meet and share what they have written. Sound familiar? This is basically what we mommy bloggers did before the internet and WordPress. A great story about friendship and the power of sharing your stories with others.
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