First off, do you sometimes just drop your jaw that we’re talking about 2017? And that we’re nearly halfway through? I sometimes feel like I could still be writing checks (as if) for 2011. But anyway.
If you’ve been around here very long, you know that May has come full and fast for our family. We kicked the month off with a college graduation followed two weeks later by my son’s wedding to the love of his life. The next weekend was filled with all things high school graduation for my senior and we’re awaiting the arrival of my first grandchild any day. 🙂
School stopped for my youngers at the end of April so we could absorb all of May’s events but next week we’ll embrace our summer schedule. Which means lazy-er days (for them), afternoon swimming and lots of summer reading.
With that, I thought we’d talk summer reading lists. I usually make a read aloud list for my kids, a list for each of my school-age kids and my own list. I’ve been culling books for my list for some time and I could not be more excited to tackle it.
I’d love to know, what’s on your summer ’17 list? What have you read recently that you love and recommend? Let us know in the comments.
Non-Fiction New Releases
No More Faking Fine: Ending the Pretending by Esther Fleece — I’ve seen so much written about this book. I’m intrigued by what the place of Biblical lament in our life. Here’s what Zondervan says about No More Faking Fine: “No More Faking Fine is your invitation to get gut-level honest with God through the life-giving language of lament. Lament, a practice woven throughout Scripture, is a prayer that God never ignores, never silences, and never wastes. . . No More Faking Fine is your permission to lament—to give voice to the hurt, frustration, and disappointment you’ve kept inside and silenced for too long. Drawing from careful biblical study and hard-won insight, Esther reveals how to use God’s own language to draw closer to Him as He leads us through any darkness into His marvelous light.”
Only Love Today
Only Love Today: Reminders to Breathe More, Stress Less, and Choose Love by Rachel Macy Stafford. One of my favorite authors who challenges me (guilt-free) to slow down and relish the days in my parenting. I loved Hands-Free Mama and I’m glad to finally have some room to read this new release. I loaded it on Kindle since it’s on super deal through this month.
God Is Red: The Secret Story of How Christianity Survived and Flourished in Communist China I love missionary books, collect them and hand them out regularly. While this isn’t a book about about a missionary, it came highly recommended for its insight into what Christian brothers and sisters in China have faced.
Dear Mr. Knightley: A Novel — this is my pool read. The beach read or that long Sunday afternoon read. Reay loves all things Jane Austen and this book, her debut novel, was a Christy Award finalist.
The Screwtape Letters by C..S. Lewis. Confession: I’ve never read this. It’s on my shelf, I’ve handed it to my kids and even recommended it to others but I’ve never sat down and read it! I’m still muddling slowly through Mere Christianity again, but I tend to read and put it aside because it’s so dense. So this is my summer ’17 Lewis choice.
The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering. I’m of course intrigued by the subtitle as well as the author, Vaneetha Rendell’s, story. After overcoming polio as a child, she was diagnosed with a chronic degenerative effects of polio as an adult. When her husband walked out, leaving her to raise her two daughters as a single mom, Vaneetha found God’s sustaining grace.
NYT Bestseller Historical Fiction
Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel — because I loved All the Light We Cannot See. Historical fiction is one of my all-time favorite categories.
The Orphan Master’s Son: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) — Here’s what the Pulitzer site has to say: “Part breathless thriller, part story of innocence lost, part story of romantic love, The Orphan Master’s Son is also a riveting portrait of a world heretofore hidden from view: a North Korea rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, stolen moments of beauty, and love. A towering literary achievement, The Orphan Master’s Son ushers Adam Johnson into the small group of today’s greatest writers.” North Korea is a world player and I hope to get some insight into that closed country as well as discover a great new author.
The Royal Nanny: A Novel — While I wait for Seasons 2 of The Crown and Victoria. (Side note: have you watched these? Both are so well done! Like Downton Abbey without the drama. I streamed both through my local PBS; you can catch The Crown on Netflix. Season 2 for both will be here in the fall!) The Royal Nanny is for those “fascinated by Britain’s royal family—a behind the scenes look into the nurseries of little princes and the foibles of big princes…From Britain’s old wealth to the glittering excesses of Tsarist Russia; from country cottages to royal yachts, and from nursery to ballroom, Charlotte Bill witnesses history. The Royal Nanny is a seamless blend of fact and fiction—an intensely intimate, yet epic tale spanning decades, continents, and divides that only love can cross.”
So what’s on your summer reading list? Or sitting on your nightstand right now? Let me know in the comments!