Summer Reading

Summer and reading seem to go hand and hand don’t they? There’s just something about relaxing with a good book at the beach, beside the pool, or in the shade of a favorite tree with a cool drink close at hand. For me, summer reading is just as enjoyable as curling up with a good book in front of a roaring fire in mid-winter. Polar opposites, I know, but those summer and winter scenarios seem to be my most fruitful reading times.

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve spent a few moments here and there thinking about the books that I’d like to read this summer. I wanted to be realistic about the number of books I might be able to read between now and Labor Day, but I wanted to offer myself a bit of a challenge, too.

 Poolside reading

When it comes to reading, variety is the spice of life! I love to quote the wise words of the late Ruth Bell Graham, who said,

“Read, read, read!  Use the Bible as your home base, but vary your diet.  I usually have several books going at once, tucked around here and there for easy access.”

It’s important for us to read, as I’ve reminded you before, and I think it’s also wise to read more than one type, or genre, of book. Eating lots of leafy green vegetables is good for you, but eating only vegetables will leave your body depleted of protein and the healthy fats necessary for good health. The same is true of reading! Variety will supply you with all the “nutrients” you need to keep your brain active and to fuel your creativity.

If you’ve not already done so, summer is a good time to establish or change-up your Bible reading routine, too. If you’re not sure where to start, just Google “Bible reading plan” and find something that suits you. I’ve been using Professor Grant Horner’s Plan for a couple of years now, and love it.  If that’s way too much, there are plenty of other plans to choose from. Find one that’s right for you and get started!

 Summer Reading Stack

With your home base of Bible reading established, think about what you might want to read this summer. Don’t be afraid to read something just for the fun of it! Choose enough titles to see you safely through summer, or maybe just a bit beyond, but make sure that those titles represent some variety.

As for my own summer reading, I want to finish Womanly Dominion and Blue at the Mizzen, hopefully, this week so that I can start afresh on my stack of books for summer.

Here are the titles on my summer reading list:

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (a hefty biography)

1776 (I talked about this book recently.)

Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World (Understanding how the world economy got into such a big mess.)

Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion (Kevin DeYoung has become a favorite author.)

Love Never Fails (Sharing the gospel with your grown children. This one’s on my Kindle.)

The Notebook (for those days when my brain needs a vacation)

The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion (I’ve followed Challies’ blog for years and have had his book on my Kindle for quite awhile. This summer is finally the time to read this book.)

There you go! Seven titles, some hefty, some fluffy, but I’m looking forward to reading each of them over the course of the next three months.

Now it’s your turn! What’s on your summer reading list?


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14 comments to Summer Reading

  • We both did reading posts! Love that Ruth Bell Graham quote, kind of surprised that I haven’t seen it before. It is one I will need to write down. I like the phrase you wrote down after ‘The Notebook’. It sure is nice to have a ‘brain break’ kind of a book to read! Once I finish my current books, I am planning on reading ‘Rose in Bloom’, ‘The Hiding Place’, ‘You’re Already Amazing’, ‘Comforts from the Cross’, and ‘Lies Women Believe’. I am also hoping to get a copy of ‘The Vow’ from the library.

  • I’m currently finishing books I started before I got so busy with the wedding.

    I have two biographies of Jonathan Edwards I’m finishing on the Kindle (will be writing about those soon on my blog when I finish).

    I’m thinking of setting aside a few more books about Colonial America (fiction and nonfiction) after spending time there with the Edward’s family. Will decide by next week, if I do then 1776 is one of them.

    I just finished my annual re-read of Edith Schaeffer’s What Is a Family.

    When I was so busy, I read a few of the simple free fiction books available on the Kindle. I get the updates on Facebook and while most I don’t bother with (even if they are free), I’ve found some excellent books, too. Free is good. 😉

    • Brenda, I’m sure you feel like you’re still catching your breath after being so sick and then being so busy with the wedding.

      I read Marriage to a Difficult Man a couple of years ago. It was wonderful reading about the Edwards’ marriage and relationship.

      Good to know you’ve found some excellent books among the free titles for the Kindle. I was discouraged a year or so ago by what was available, and have really only taken advantage of the free classics.

      Re-reading! You, my friend, are my re-reading buddy! So many don’t see the benefit of re-reading a favorite book. We can be re-encouraged by old friends and even learn something new with each re-reading of a good book. I think I may devote at least part of my fall reading to re-reading some old favorites. Top of the list will be Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment.

  • Jill

    Thanks for the wonderful suggestions for summer reading. I too, adore reading at the beach, all cozy with my water and snacks. I love your chair covers. They are so bright and cheerful.

  • Cheryl:

    I am honored that you posted on my blog. Thank you, it made my day, I keep up with yours all the time. I told my husband that you posted Bruce said to tell you that he’s starting a website called in honor of my new career. I thought that was pretty funny. I can assure you that he will not share the Monday menu plan because all he cooks is an egg sandwich.

    God bless you for your ministry and please pray that continue to honor God by looking well to the ways of my household.


    • Oh, Annie, you made me laugh! Or maybe it was your husband who made me laugh! A couple of years ago, a blog reader ran into my husband and one of my sons at the grocery story. She was so funny. She called him “Copperswife’s husband”! We still giggle about that one!

      God bless you this day and always as you look well to the ways of your household.

  • Susan G.

    What a cozy reading spot! So inviting!

  • love your reading list. rocky recently finished bonhoeffer and we have 1776 on the bookcase, soon to be read. i’ve been doing a fair amount of reading: the Word, novels (both fiction and non fiction), biographies and documentaries, decoration books, and cookbooks (yes, i actually read cookbooks, cover to cover). why have i not made a written list of these books?! my brain certainly can’t be trusted to remember. hmpfh.

    • You are reading broadly. I love to hear that! Perhaps in your wanderings through your favorite shops, you might keep your eyes open for a beautiful journal? I used to keep a handwritten journal of the books I read. These days I keep it on the computer, for ease of use, but it’s not nearly as nice as my old, handwritten reader’s journals.

  • Ace

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the fabric on the chair. Sorry, I know it was about books but it was what I noticed LOL.