Summer Reading List

Summer Reading ListSummer time reading is such a pleasure.  There’s something about putting your feet up and relaxing with a good book.  I hope you’re taking time and indulging yourself with reading this summer.  My son snapped this picture of me immersed in a book on a recent camping trip to Frog Lake, on Mt. Hood in Oregon.  Since one of our fishing poles wasn’t working, I had no choice but to sit and read while my fishing pole was being used.

Summer Reading List

Below is my summer reading list.  All of the books have come from our local library.  Getting books from your library is very stylishly frugal.  Many bookstores also sell used books.  Our local bookstore, Powell’s, has lots of used book choices and you can even purchase them used on-line.  My other favorite local bookstore is The Title Wave, which sells used library books.

[amazon_image id=”0060755806″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Faith[/amazon_image] by Jennifer Haigh.  If you’re a practicing Catholic like me, this book will give you a glimpse into a different type of priestly abuse.  Worth reading and a real page-turner.

[amazon_image id=”0979439116″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Radical Homemakers[/amazon_image] by Shannon Hayes.  It’s clear from reading this book there are other women and men who are re-thinking the fast-paced, harried life most Americans are willing to accept as standard.  I think of myself as a “Radical Homemaker, with lipstick.”

[amazon_image id=”084991910X” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Same Kind of Different as Me[/amazon_image] by Ron Hall and Denver Moore.  It’s always amazing how chance encounters can become so pivotal in our lives.  A sad but true story.

I’ve also recently enjoyed all the books by Stieg Larsson [amazon_image id=”0307594777″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest[/amazon_image]  These books are action packed.  This girl really gets herself into trouble!

Currently reading [amazon_image id=”0307387305″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ] The Genius in All of Us[/amazon_image] by David Shenk.  I’ve already written out a line from this book and taped it to our front door.  This non-fiction book is packed with ideas that go against what we all assume to be true.  One concept that really spoke to me is that practicing makes more of a difference in life than innate ability.  The quote, “talent is not a thing:  it’s a process,” is written out and posted by our door.  I’ll probably move it to the piano soon since that’s where lots of practicing takes place in our home.

And, don’t forget, summer time reading is best spent in a chair or hammock that you can fall asleep in.  Happy reading!

What’s on your reading list?  Reading any good books you just can’t put down?

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7 thoughts on “Summer Reading List

  1. …homeschooling catalogs! lol
    Until we kick in our routines mid august, I’m usually not reading much for enjoyment! I’ll be writing a curriculum for my daughter using the book, Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss. So I will be re-reading that in a few days!


  2. I read 14 Superfoods this sumer and have been telling everyone I know about it. Thanks for the tip on that one!

    Read A Reliable Wife which I still can’t decide if I liked. Those characters were a little hard to take.

    Finished a series by PB Ryan, the Nell Sweeney Mystery series. Set in the late 1800s in New England, they’re shorter mysteries, although not short stories.

    Read a Couple of Pride and Prejudice alikes, my favorite of which was The Pemberly Chronicles.

    Loved, loved, loved Baking Cakes in Kigali and am hoping there will be more to come from that author.

    Read Buried Alive aloud to my nephew while we were in Denali National Park. It’s one of the National Geographic National Parks Mysteries series and it’s a good one for a read aloud. Lots of suspense in this series.

    Listening to Louise Penny’s Bury Your Dead right now. I like the reader of this series very much.

    Still on the summer shelf, several YA books for school, Jean Auel’s last book, The Snowman by Jo Nesbo (recommended for those of us who are missing Lisbeth Sanders) and The Quickening which is supposed to be Willa Cather-esque. Off as soon as I finish this (looooong) comment to finish Sean Griswold’s Head, a funny and thoughtful YA book I started last night.



    1. WOW! Erin, thank you for this list and for leaving a comment. I’ll clue my kids into your YA books and I checked your blog – love it.


  3. My favorite thing about our library is that you can order your books online and go to the library to pick them up once your receive an email that they have arrived! You have the pick of books at all branches in the system, rather that selecting only what is on the shelves at the time of your visit.


    1. I totally agree with that being a “favorite” of our library system. Another program I love is their “Lucky Day” system. When you go to the library they have an excellent stash of books that aren’t in the reserve system but are in each branch – you get the book without waiting – lucky! You can’t renew it. That’s how I picked up “Faith” when I was at the library. Honestly, I liked the look of the book so I guess I do judge a book by its cover!
      Thanks Michelle!


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