Summer Reading

As I tried to fully embrace summer break with my Little,
I logged many miles running, walking and bike riding,
I logged many hours sitting in the sunshine at parks & pools,
and I logged many hours READING for the pure fun of reading!


From the time I discovered The Babysitters Club one Saturday way {way, way, way} back when and spent the entire day snuggled up in a ‘reading nest’ crafted in my extra deep closet … I have loved to spend the day lost in a book. However, the older I get and the more responsibilities {+ other interests} I acquire, the less time I have to read.

So it felt so very good to tackle a few good reads.

Here was my summer reading::

Th Book Thief

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
Paperback / Kindle
It is as incredible as everyone says. It took me a long time to get into a flow with the unique style of writing, but once I did, I was lost in its pages.
Liesel now takes up a tiny piece of my heart.

The Light Between Oceans

The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Stedman
Paperback / Kindle
This was such a fascintating story and yet a really tough read. There was no silver lining, there was no happy ending, it was just so, so, so sad.
And yet, I’d still recommend reading it.

{Both of the above books took me many late winter/early spring months to read through and I finally finished them in early summer.}

Calling Me Home

Calling Me Home: A Novel – Julie Kibler
Paperback / Kindle
I spotted this one in the “Target Book Club” section and was drawn into the “civil rights” theme. I used to say that I didn’t like historical fiction and now I find myself reading it more and more and am especially drawn to the civil war era. This was a fairly quick read and I did like it, but it wasn’t a ‘must read’ if you know what I mean. Good, but not great.

The Best of Me

The Best of Me – Nicholas Sparks
Paperback / Kindle
Uhm, yes, well I am not going to try to make a Nicholas Sparks book into more than just that. However, if you find yourself at the beach for a week, this is the perfect book. Say what you will, but ol’ Nick pulls you in right from the start and usually leaves you with a little lump in your throat and an ‘ahhhhh’ about the ending. I try to limit myself to one Sparks book a year so I don’t burn out or get cynical about them, because I really do enjoy them for a sweet quick read.

The Invisible Girls

The Invisible Girls – Sarah Thebarge
Paperback / Kindle
I’m pretty sure I grabbed this one at the checkout and was initially drawn to the location this memoir takes place … Portland, OR. Portland is our favorite ‘big city’ neighbor and it’s always fun to read about places you’ve been. This was another quick read as the story just grabbed me. It’s an honest look at the heartache and questions of a believer facing some horrible odds and going through an excruciating trial with breast cancer … and how a refugee woman and her girls gives her the perspective and healing she was desperately searching for. A really good read.

Currently reading:
Paper Towns – John Green + The Hundred-Foot Journey – Richard C. Morais

Did you do any reading this summer? What should I add to my ‘library’ list?

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  1. Hannah Noel says:

    Andrea, our neighborhood (right across the street from yours) has a fantastic book club. Please let me know if you would like more info or if you would like to join us!

    • That’s so sweet of you Hannah, but I would be a worthless member ;). My bursts of reading are sporadic at best … which is why I formed a ‘movie-to-book’ club. We decide what book we’re all going to read and then finish with dinner & a movie. Still social, less commitment and no discussing, LOL. I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading though! Thanks for checking in!

  2. Megan says:

    I also read The Light Between Two Oceans this summer! Very sad and yet a good read! I also lost many Saturdays to Baby-Sitters Club!

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