Summer reading for teachers

Reading has always been one of my favorite pastimes. I just love a good book! No doubt I have inherited my love for reading from my parents and I am thrilled to see that same love and passion in my daughter. I think her book collection is rivaling mine.

My “To Read” list is a mile long and I plan to work my way through quite a few books in the coming weeks. I am still on track with my GoodReads challenge for 2021. My goal is to read 100 books. You can follow me in GoodReads to see how I’m doing.

I know many of you will be on Summer break, so I thought I would share some of my favorite books as well as a few that I plan on reading during my Winter break.

Crime & Thrillers

I’m a huge Crime and Thriller fan. It is probably my favorite genre. I’ve recently discovered Lisa Jewell. I’ve finished The Family Upstairs in 2 days. It was so good that I just couldn’t put it down! I was relieved to find out that she is busy with the sequel.

My favorite crime writer is without a doubt Kathy Reichs. I love how she incorporates accurate and realistic science into her writing. The Bone Code is next on my list and I can’t wait to start.


A good mystery is always a must read for me. I’m a big fan of novels that span several generations and jump between different characters and stories. Lucinda Riley is top of the list for me when it comes to this genre. If you haven’t read The Seven Sisters series yet, get started! I can’t wait for the release of The Missing Sister this year. I may just have to reread the first six books again…

Some other authors that I really enjoy in this genre are Glendy Vanderah, Karen White, and Delia Owens.

Historic Fiction

My interest in Historical novels started when I lived in London. I was fascinated by the Tower of London and all its history. During that time, The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory was released. Since then, I have devoured her books. The Plantagenet and Tudor novels are all written from the female characters’ point of view and it really brings the history to life.

One of my all time favorite series is the Languedoc Trilogy by Kate Moss. The Labyrinth just draws you in and you may need to put a few days aside just for reading. Not that that’s a bad thing! She is currently busy with the Burning Chambers Series that focuses on the French Huguenots. The Burning Chambers and The City of Tears have both been amazing and I for one, cannot wait for the next book.

I hope you have found a book or two to add to your Summer reading list. You can download my Summer Reading Tracker here. (I’ve included a winter version as well!) Please share your progress on Instagram #teachersummerreading and tag me (@thelab_by_liezelpienaar). I would love to see what you are reading and maybe I can find a new book to add to my very long to-be-read list.


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