Summer Reads

My son reads at least 15-20 books for every 1 book I read. I wish I was kidding, but I’m not. One, my Little is a veracious reader and two, reading is slow and laborious for me these past 9 1/2 years {aka since I became a mother}. I’m trying to change that though, working to make it a priority in my long list of want-to-do’s, shutting off online and jumping into a good book at night. Oh yeah …

I’m bringing reading back.
Some people bring sexy.
I’m bringing reading.

I’ve been doing pretty good the last 3 months. As I mentioned in my last post, I’m about half way through book 4 already … 5 if you count the book that my Little and I read together.

Hold onto your seats folks, it’s a short but twisty ride.

*Book 1 / Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews
This book as a terrific “summer read” … a plot interesting enough to keep you happily reading along, a love story {with a little more romance that I needed} and southern setting with a cabin and a lake. What more could you ask for. This one was pure fluff and hence a relatively quick read.

*Book 2 / Secrets over Sweet Tea by Denise Hildreth Jones
This is one of my favorite Christian authors {her Savannah series is one of my favey faves}. Again, a plot that keeps you turning the pages, but with a little more spiritual emphasis and life application. Also set in the south which really makes my heart smile and although I prefer my iced tea, un-sweetened, I couldn’t resist the title. Another perfectly summer read.

*Book 3 / The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain
Okay, so much heavier subject matter. The story of Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley. This was a fascinating read. I learned a lot about the ‘writing scene’ in Paris and how intertwined the lives of so many American authors were socially {Gloria Stein, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald}. Perhaps it’s Hemingway’s Idaho roots as well that made this more appealing to me, but all in all it was a really good read. I still like to say I don’t care for historical fiction, but this is the third book to prove me wrong.

*Book 4 / A Dash of Magic: A Bliss Novel by Kathryn Littlewood
My Little and I read this together and it was completely charming. We didn’t realize it until the end, but this was book 2 in what will be a series of 3. We’re now waiting for book 1 from the library. It’s a very fun and silly book a family who uses magic in their baking.

There you have it … a little bit of everything all mixed together into a wonderful summer of reading. I’m hoping the habit will stick and as the nights get longer, I’ll find myself jumping into bed a little earlier to catch a few more minutes of reading … books … not social media!

What book would you recommend go on my list?

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  1. I really enjoyed “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger.
    Gail, blogging at

  2. Lord I could recommend so many books. If you’re looking for one to read with the little, I loved The Never-Ending Story, and also From the Mixed Up Files of Miss Basil E. Frankweiler (and A Wrinkle in Time). I could go on.

    For you, based on this list, I would recommend anything by Kate Morton (she’s so fabulous!).

  3. I read “The Paris Wife” (or actually got the audio book from my library) and really hated Hemmingway at the end. He was a jerk to her. Now I don’t ever want to read his stuff…

  4. Sandy says:

    I’ll have to check a few of those out! I’m in a bit of a reading rut myself. I would so prefer to curl up to a good book than surf the internet or watch TV and yet that is what I do every night. I need a good book to get me back in the habit! Glad you were a successful bookworm this summer 😀

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