Back in June I was pretty pumped about my very organized summer reading list. I even mapped out in my head when I should start and finish certain books.

It didn’t work out the way I planned.


Work, family, travel, honey-dos, kids, in-laws and just plain laziness conspired against me. I did get some books read, just not all of those that I planned on. And I suppose that’s the beauty of reading – you get sucked into something topical, you realize that several of the books you thought would be good just weren’t or you just run across a book that catches your eye.

In any case, here’s my amended summer reading list:

Others I ended up with:

and am just starting I Wish I’d Been There: Twenty Historians Bring to Life the Dramatic Events That Changed America edited by Byron Hollinshead. What a great concept! Ask history studs “What is the scene or incident in American history that you would like to have witnessed—and why?” and then publish the result. Fun so far!

I know it’s an incredibly busy time of the year for history teachers. But unless we stay in the game, we get left behind.

What are you reading?