Inclusion · Summer Speech

I Put Myself Back In The Narrative

Who said summer reading was just for students? I am a complete and total bookworm, and I have gone through quite a few books during my summer vacation. Here’s what I’ve loved reading this summer. For plot summaries, I have included the book’s respective pages on Goodreads. This post will focus on why I enjoyed the book and the age range of whom I’d recommend it.

  • Look Again by Lisa Scottoline
    • Summary:
    • Why I enjoyed it: This book is a real page-turner and kept me thinking. It taught me that in all circumstances to trust your instincts. Your moral compass will always lead you down the right path.
    • Target audience: college age and up
  • Out Of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
    • Summary:
    • Why I enjoyed it: A student recommended that I read this book two years ago because she was reading it, and she thought I’d like it. She was right. While it definitely relates to my job, it does a great job of honing in on the importance of inclusion, a support system, and the power of communication. We are all unique, and the world only gets one of each of us, and this book shares the value of self-acceptance.
    • Target audience: 5th grade and up
  • All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel
    • Summary:
    • Why I enjoyed it: This isn’t something I’d read without recommendation, but Christy Altomare recommended this one to her fans. This book taugh me about the importance of the here and now and being present in the moment. It is okay to just be, in fact, it’s really enjoyable.
    • Target audience: 18 and up
  • The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
    • Summary:
    • Why I enjoyed it: A story told by many perspectives. It’s important as a reader, and a person, to acknowledge that there’s more than one side to every story. John Green said it’s important to “imagine people complexly,” and he hit the nail on the head.
    • Target audience: 18 and up
  • The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
    • Summary:
    • Why I enjoyed it: I enjoyed the stark contrasts between the characters, and the writing was so beautiful I felt as if I was on the island where the story takes place. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and this book reminded me why over and over again.
    • Target audience: 18 and up

My challenge to you this week is to read something, a book, magazine, online article, that you wouldn’t normally pick up yourself. Did you read any amazing books this summer? I’m always looking for suggestions so leave your recommendations in comments!

Keep playing with words and see what your message creates!
–Stef the StageSLP


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