What I’m Reading This Summer

Whether it’s poolside, at the beach, or on the deck, Americans get pretty giddy over summer reading!  To be honest, I tend to read more when I’m cooped up in winter, but nonetheless, having a summer reading list helps me to stay focused on another goal in my life- to read good books.

Without further ado, here is what I’m reading this summer:

The House Girl – From the publisher, “Alternating between antebellum Virginia and modern-day New York, The House Girl is a searing tale of art, history, love and secrets that intertwines the stores of two remarkable women.”

Own Your Life – The subtitle for this book is “Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith, and Generous Love.”  I’ve enjoyed all of Sally Clarkson’s books and I can’t wait to dive into this one.

How Children Succeed – From the publisher, “He (author Paul Tough) uncovers the surprising ways in which parents do—and do not—prepare their children for adulthood.”  That statement alone had me purchasing the Kindle version.

The Greatest Generation – I’m halfway through this book and while it was published in 2000, it’s helping me to better understand our grandparents.   I’d recommend this for anyone that wants to learn more about American culture or the tenacity demonstrated by the people of that time.

Ginny Moon – Ginny is an autistic 13-year old that has finally found the adoptive family she’s been wanting.  However, she’s willing to throw it all away in order to get back to her “baby doll.”  I’ve heard so many gleaming reviews of this one, I’m eager to get my hands on it.

Hillbilly Elegy – If you haven’t heard of Hillbilly Elegy, you may be living under a rock, –  A memoir about growing up in Ohio’s rustbelt.

The Danish Way of Parenting – I’m intrigued by different parenting methods, and from my time on exchange I saw how academically excelled European students were compared to  myself (truth hurts).   Hoping I learn some Danish secrets.

What are you reading this summer?  Are any of these books on your list, too?


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My Summer Reading List (2016)

summer reading list 2016

Here’s what I’m planning to read before Labor Day arrives!

My Summer Reading List:


Mom Enough– from the writers at Desiring God, this is a compilation of 24 essays from young mothers.  I’m excited to read it.  Right now it’s only $2.99 for Kindle.

All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood– I’ve checked this book out a few times, but never taken the time to read it.  The reviews are glowing, and it seems like it will make me laugh.


A Praying Life– Sadly, I know my prayer life isn’t where it should or could be.  I’m hoping this book will help me to make it more of a priority.


The Kite Runner– I know I’m about 12 years late to the party on this one.  My friend urged me to read this book ions ago, but I just picked it up at Goodwill for 50 cents, so what better time to delve in, than now?


Biking Across America– Paul Stutzman lost his wife to cancer and it spurred him to quit his job and hike the Appalachian Trail.  This follow-up book covers his next adventure.

The Road to Little Dribbling– Bill Bryson is pretty funny, and I can’t wait to read more about his adopted country, the UK.

Personal Growth

The War of Art– I’ve heard so many good things about this book from podcasters and bloggers, it’s time I check it out.

The One Thing–  I read this book in late 2014 and it was excellent.  It’s worth a re-read.

Living Forward– Michael Hyatt was a guest on Dale Partridge’s podcast a few weeks back, and the two convinced me that I needed to read this book.  I’ve even requested the book-on-CD for my husband so we can talk about it together.  Michael Hyatt has made a profound impact on me- check out his blog HERE.

What are you reading this summer?  I don’t read much fiction.  Is there something you’d recommend?