During this time of the summer, amidst the report-writing (I’m nearly halfway done!) I like to figure out some good historical fiction novels to read to get me in the mood for the next year’s curriculum. I feel like I’ve got a pretty good handle on good fifth grade summer reading but sixth grade still eludes me.
Last time through I remember trying several different books on Rome, but I never found just the right one. Here’s a rundown of some of the books I’ve tried. If you’ve got a good suggestion, leave it in the comments.
I’m a big fan of Deepak Chopra, especially his book on Buddha, so I was happy to give his book on Jesus a try. (He has one about Muhammad, as well, though I don’t think I’ve ever tried it.) Somehow this Jesus book didn’t capture my attention as much as the Buddha book did, but I am going to give it another try this summer.
I really wanted to enjoy Caesar and Christ by Will Durant, but I just couldn’t get into it. It’s a pretty heavy, intellectual book, and though it was very informative, it wasn’t the kind of lose-yourself-to-the-story kind of reading that I was searching for. Again, I’m determined to give it another go this summer and maybe I’ll find it a bit more accessible. Incidentally, I’ve linked to the audiobook version available on Amazon (the book itself must be out of print.) Audiobook could be the way to go with this one.
I’ve pulled a few suggestions from my Goodreads account, too.
Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran was a top pick on Goodreads. It looks like just the kind of summer reading I’m longing for!
I’m afraid my Waldorf 6th grade summer reading list is pretty limited. I go off to my summer intensive training next week, though. Maybe they’ll share some good titles there!
If you’ve got a good suggestion leave it in the comments.