Summer Reading

Summer ReadingThis post contains associate links. No additional costs are added. 

Hello Summer!  These sweet, hot, outdoorsy days are the perfect backdrop for massive amounts of reading.  I feel like the sun brings my heart alive and books are no longer just an escape from the  depression of the all-too-long cold rainy season.  In the Summer, books are a supplement to my days, not an escape from them.

Can I declare?  Summer Saturdays should be set apart for relaxing and reading.  My dream is to spend every Saturday outside reading in some kind of loungy outdoor chair while the kids play and play and play.  Yep.  That’s my Summer dream.

Well, with or without a loungy chair, here’s my Summer pile of books… so far…

1. There’s a Green Plastic Monkey in My Purse by Jessie Clemence
2. The Folded Earth by Anuradha Roy
3. The Littlest Doubts by Christina Dudley
These three have been on my “to read” list for many months.  There’s a Green Plastic Monkey in My Purse was written by a new friend of mine, Jessie Clemence.  Jessie is a humble and real woman who shares her Faith walk in beautiful ways.  I’m excited to read her book!  The Folded Earth is a gorgeous book I started to read last year.  Yes, last year.  The problem was, I didn’t get through it before it was due back to the library.  I’m so excited to have it back in my hands!  And The Littlest Doubts is by a local author, Christina Dudley.  It is a sequel to Mourning Becomes Cassandra, a book I read a few months ago.  That book really teased me. I both enjoyed it and didn’t enjoy it.  Concurrently.  Synergistically.  I couldn’t put it down. So last week when I heard about the sequel, I immediately ordered it through the library.

4. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
Ender’s Game was one of my June reads.  Somehow, I’d never heard of the Ender’s series.  Have I been living under a rock?  Perhaps it’s because I grew up in another hemisphere?  Or that I grew up in an Arts & Theatre family, not a Sci-Fi family?  Well, I LOVED Ender’s Game.  I love the character development. I love Card’s technology of the future. I loved the exploration of human nature.  Oh yes, I do love a good social commentary.  It’s the same reason I like books like The Giver, and The Hunger Games series.  Humanity, cultures, and societies are such fascinating topics.  I’m excited to dig into Speaker and perhaps a few more in the series.

5. The Holy Spirit by Jerry Cook
6. Culture of Honor by Danny Silk
7. Powerful and Free by Danny Silk
I’ve started all three of these Faith and personal development (aka sanctification / discipleship) reads but haven’t found the dedicated time I need to digest them.  Books like these, that dig into the Word and our Faith journey, usually have me researching and writing notes on the side as I go.  These are not the kind of books I can just read here and there.  I need focus and mindfulness.  So I’m going to block schedule in a special reading time for these.  I’m not sure how yet, I just know that I need to.  I think I’ll be asking my amazing husband if he can be with the kids an hour or so one night a week so I can dig into these books.  He always wants me to take time like this, but I have a hard time taking time away from being with him and the kids.  We’ll see. 

8. Book of Luke, The Bible (ESV)
Our church is in a series on Empowerment and the Holy Spirit in the Books of Luke and 1 Corinthians.  For my personal Bible study this Summer, I’m reading through Luke and looking for verses, words, and passages that jump out.  I use several commentaries to research and study and I like to read the passages in several translations to get a good feel for the words and concepts.  I love digging into the passages that we’re studying as a church.  It makes the Sunday sermons last beyond Sunday mornings. 🙂

Well, friends, there’s the start of my list.  I have no idea how far I’ll get or if I’ll need more.  I’ve never had children the age they are now so I have no idea what our summer will look like.  But I got a good start on Speaker for the Dead and The Littlest Doubts last night, so I’m happy about the weeks ahead.

What are you reading this Summer?  I’d love to hear!  Comment below and tell me what’s on your “to read” list.  And check out the Summer reading suggestions by MercifulDays friends on Facebook.

Want to join reading any of these with me?  We could have a virtual book club!  One of my dearest friends is a missionary in Thailand and we have read books “together.”  It made the oceans and miles seem so much smaller.  So, let me know if you want to read any of these “with me” and I’ll hold off reading them till you have a copy for yourself.  For more information about the books, click on the links above to read book descriptions and reviews on Amazon.

I get most of my reads through our local library.  And I use Bing Rewards to earn Amazon gift cards for buying the ones the library doesn’t have.  “Free” books!  Ta-da!  If you are going to order through Amazon, the links above will connect you with each of the books.

Looking forward the wonderful reading ahead.  May our Summer be long and our Saturdays full of reading!

What do you think?