summer reading

When I was in middle school and high school, we had assigned reading every summer. I usually didn’t mind that so much because I loved to read even then. I read the assigned books and then some. And when I was homeschooling Will and Caroline, I was busy every summer reading serious stuff in preparation for the coming school year. This summer, in lieu of an actual vacation of lying by a pool at a beachside resort, I’ve been reading fiction — nothing particularly noteworthy, but relaxing and not at all taxing to my brain.


I’ve got a few more fiction titles in the queue, and then there’s some more serious non-fiction I’d like to tackle.

What are you reading this summer?

6 thoughts on “summer reading

  1. I am reading summer books with Anna, the first of which is From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. For myself, I am reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy and am on Book 2, The Girl Who Played with Fire.

  2. I’m planning on starting book 4 in the Chronicles of Narnia (Prince Caspian) this week. I’d also like to read something by or about Jonathan Edwards – have tried in the past but have always gotten bogged down. What “serious non-fiction” are you planning to tackle?

    p.s. good to connect with you on Goodreads! I find many new recommendations on that site.

    • Joe, next up are Taking God At His Word (DeYoung), Total Truth (Pearcey), Lit: A Christian Guide to Reading Books (Reinke), The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction (Jacobs)…

  3. “The First Four Notes” (about the wide and continuing impact of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and its opening motif) was fascinating but also, in spots, a challenge to slog through — So now I’m on to a spy novel. I might revisit some of Jim Butcher’s early “Dresden Files” fantasy writing after that. Butcher’s tales of Chicago-based wizard Harry Dresden have a refreshingly moral point of view. The books aren’t explicitly Christian, but they respect Christianity. An appealing scene in “White Night,” for example, had Wizard Dresden realizing that quiet power protecting a building could only have been the work of the Archangel Raphael “or one of his lieutenants.”

  4. I always love your book posts! I read Total Truth years ago and really liked it. I even held onto it during my big book purge this past year. Interested in your thoughts about Lit when you finish it. It’s on my maybeTBR list.

    I’ve been reading a lot of fiction since I quit teaching and hope to organize a plan to include histories and biographies over the next year. My fiction has been a lot of crime novels (Karin Slaughter writes so well, but her subjects are often so dark) and beach reads (Patti Callahan Henry). Right now I’m plodding through Independent People (Laxness). I chose that one (and his other books) as anticipatory of our September Iceland trip. Can’t say I love the book yet but determined to finish it and hoping I see why people rate it so highly.

    I want to devote a time (maybe next year) to read all of Pat Conroy’s books. I’d read The Water is Wide years ago and My Reading Life earlier this year. Because of MRL, my TBR list has increased dramatically. I love that book.

    Hope you are doing well!


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