My Summer 2019 Reading List

Since I’ve graduated university, summers have been intensely busy for me (I tend to do more speaking, work with the Young Writer’s Workshop is much busier, and there’s always lots to do for my church’s week-long summer day camp).

Because of that, I haven’t spent as much time reading these past few summers. So I’m working to change that! This summer I want to read more and chase my delights in reading.

So I decided to make a reading list to get me ready.

Here’s what I want to read this summer.*

Educated by Tara Westover — I’ve heard a lot about this book and am excited to dive into it for myself. It’s one of my library’s “rapid reads,” which means I need to read and return it within 7 days! I’m on it!

Caring for One Another by Edward T. Welch — This short book looks really helpful and beneficial. I’m excited to go through it.

Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr — This is by the author of All the Light We Cannot See and is his memoir of the year he, his wife, and their year-old twins spent in Rome.

The Library Book by Susan Orlean — This book has won loads of awards and looks right up my alley. Here’s the blurb: “In The Library Book, Orlean chronicles the [1986] Los Angeles Public Library fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metropolitan charitable initiative to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity; brings each department of the library to vivid life through on-the-ground reporting; studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; reflects on her own experiences in libraries; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago.“

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel — I always love reading some good middle-grade fiction in the summer. This book is about a train and a boy and mysterious keys and a great adventure. It looks really fun!

Towards Zero by Agatha Christie — If you’ve read This Changes Everything, you know that I love murder mysteries. When I was in high school, Agatha Christie was my all-time favorite author and I read literally dozens of her novels. I haven’t read one in a few years, though, so I’m excited to get into this one that I recently picked up at my library.

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer — This YA novel looks so sweet… and a little quirky — my favorite! Here’s the write-up: “Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah. And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.”

Brokenness, Surrender, Holiness by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth — I’ve had this book highly recommended to me, and I think it will be amazing.

I have a few more dozen books on hold at the library that we’ll see how they turn out. But these are my top ones I’m most excited to read.

What’s on your TBR list this summer?

*NOTE: I have not read any of these books, so I can’t guarantee that all of their content is totally appropriate… or that I’ll even finish them. We all need to exercise personal discernment in choosing and reading books. And when it comes to that, I know we’re all doing the best we can. =)


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