06/19/17

Summer Reading

Ya’ll. I have shared this before, but it deserves another retelling.

I was one of those children.

One of those children who couldn’t wait to dive in and get lost in the stories that filled my summers during school break.

In fact, some of my fondest childhood memories are in Ormond Beach, FL; where Nana & DatDat had a home for 26 years, and where I grew up for 25 summers. There I sit, curled up on the patio chaise lounge or on the edge of the swimming pool as my feet glide atop the watery surface with a book in my lap. Totally absorbed. I hear nothing and I see nothing around me. I was hooked.

In fact, it was in the summer in between my 10th and 11th grade years that A Voice in the Wind, perhaps my favorite book of all time written by Francine Rivers, was on my Honor’s English reading list. And that book ignited a fire in me that has never really fully extinguished.

I pray it never does.

So, each summer, I have endeavored to make my own little Summer Reading list. The days are longer, we are taking vacations, some time away from work and home, and days are spent outside around pools, lakes, beaches, soccer fields, etc. and are the perfect times to crack open a book! Plus, it doesn’t get dark until really late now, so I am staying up later than I do in wintertime. Again, I love the discipline of reading every night before bed, and in truth, I sleep so much better having read right before I turn out the lights. So much more constructive than watching TV or playing on your phone or iPad.

So, already underway, here is my Summer Reading List for 2017:

This Life I Live by Rory Feek

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The Sound of Glass by Karen White

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Already read the 2 above and my only words are “WOW!” Unbelievable faith, perseverance, and encouragement from one. And unforgettable characters, an insatiable mystery, and the sounds of the Carolina Coast in the other. I would recommend both highly.

And next up…

The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines

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So fascinated by them! Their story, their business, their inspiration, their marriage, family, & farmhouse! Can’t wait for this one.

I also, guiltily, enjoy some light-hearted chick-lit or “beach reads” in the summer. Some laugh-out-loud, mindless entertainment never hurt anyone. And I have had a recent recommendation from a trusted friend and fellow bookworm to check out The Lowcountry Summer series by Mary Alice Monroe.

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The Summer Girls is Book 1 in this series and then we will see about the other 2. But, if the book is half as cute as its cover, I am all in!

Another recommendation(s) was from some friends as well as videos I have seen on “BookTube” YouTube channel and they are 2 series, so it’s a toss up as to which I pick up first. But, below are the first books in each of the series.

One a mystery series by renowned author Louise Penny…

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And the other, a fantasy/adventure tale (definitely not my usual, but it’s nice to do a little escapist-reading every now & again)…

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I am also planning on re-reading a few of my perennial favorites as well.

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton is what’s on my nightstand now and I am flying through it just as I remember doing with the first reading. And I might like it even more now than I did then!

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The Mountain Between Us was the first book I read by one of my favorite authors, Charles Martin. And since the film is coming out this fall, I decided this was a great time to re-read!

It’s a great, pusle-pounding adventure that I look forward to reading again. And the film trailer looks amazing! Check it out! 
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I love going through my shelves and rediscovering a beloved story all over again, don’t you?!? And, I discover something new with each re-reading.

So, what are you reading this summer?

xoxo…

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