Susan Seidl

About: 

Susan SeidlSusan is a teacher at Rock Ledge Elementary School.

How I fit my reading time in: 

I carry a book with me everywhere I go. I stay up late at night to read. Sometimes I wake up during the night and I read.

A favorite place to read: 

Anywhere, anytime…but the best is snuggled in bed on a cold, rainy day.

One of my favorite books from childhood and why?: 

Grade School—Heidi—Johanna Spyri (an orphaned girl goes to live with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps)

High School—A Tree Grows in Brooklyn—Betty Smith (Many things in life are more important than money.)

My top six books: 

Burning Marguerite
by Elizabeth Inness-Brown

James returns to a small New England island to discover the body of Tante, his 94 year old “aunt” who raised him after his parents drowned. Death and fire and secrets permeate this haunting novel.   

Water for ElephantsWater for Elephants
by Sara Gruen

A gritty novel of star-crossed lovers in a 1930 circus world.

The Red Tent
by Anita Diamant

In the Bible, in the book of Genesis, Jacob had a dozen sons and four wives. Dinah is Jacob’s only daughter. This novel tells the traditions and turmoil of ancient Jewish womanhood.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
by Lisa See

Nineteenth century Chinese girls are paired for life and send secret messages on a silk fan.

A Thousand Splendid SunsA Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini

Afghanistan is in turmoil. This is a story covering the decades in the lives of two women who endured the life endorsed by the custom and law of being beaten.

Kane and Abel
by Jeffrey Archer

Born in 1906, we follow each of two boys who have remarkable stories up to 1963. One is a rescued orphan, the other born into the lap of luxury. Although each character is endearing, they become life-long enemies, and your loyalties are torn.