I’ve always wished some of my favorite authors would print lists like this one, but I only have control over my number-one favorite author, Roxanna Elden. The following is a list of books I read and enjoyed while writing “See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers.” If you’ve read some of these books, you may spot some influence on the writing or organization in my book. Or not. In any case, these books are worthwhile reads: Funny, honest, helpful, well-written, or all of the above.
I also read some badly-written, unhelpful, unfunny books during this time period, but for author-karma purposes, I am only mentioning the books I liked.
First-person, non-self-promoting accounts of teaching:
Teacher Man: A Memoir, by Frank McCourt
Reluctant Disciplinarian: Classroom Management Advice from a Softy Who Became (Eventually) a Successful Teacher, by Gary Rubinstein
Teaching in Circles: My Journeys in Teaching High School, by Nathan R. Miller
The Great Expectations School: A Rookie Year in the New Blackboard Jungle, by Dan Brown (Actually, I read this one after mine came out, but I still recommend it.)
Non-Fiction Books with Advice-Mixed-With-Story Formats: These are mostly career, parenting, and relationship books. I read most of these at the gym, going 0.007 miles an hour on the Stairmaster. The people at my gym likely think I have issues in these areas.
Claw Your Way to the Top, by Dave Barry
The Dilbert Principle, by Scott Adams
Breakup Girl to the Rescue, by Lynn Harris
Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, by Steve Harvey
Kiss and Run: The Single, Picky, or Indecisive Girl’s Guide to Overcoming Fear of Commitment, by Elina Furman
The Three-Martini Playdate, by Christie Mellor
Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth, by Jennie McCarthy
Books That Helped With the Writing, Editing, Publishing, and Promotion of “See Me After Class”
Writing and Editing: On Writing, by Stephen King
Publishing (and a little of everything else): Putting Your Passion Into Print (about to be re-released as The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published,) by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry.
Publicity: Publicize Your Book! by Jacqueline Deval
Media Training: Media Training A-Z, by T.J. Walker