I realized recently that I have read every book on my ten list of books to read for 2012 with the exception of only one. I have so many books on my to-read list and many I hope to read this summer. I’m reading Gone With the Wind now (a book that has been on my to-read list for many years). Here’s my summer list.
The Weird Sisters— by Eleanor Brown. My book club recently read this. It had been recommended by a few friends and I liked it a lot better than I thought I would. I really felt myself being drawn into the story-line and I identified with the characters of this book. I was sad when it ended and found myself wishing for a sequel. This book is definitely one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.
The Language of Flowers— by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. This is the book our book club is getting ready to read. I haven’t started it yet, but have read many positive reviews about it and it seems to be popular on book club reading lists. My sister has already started it and she is loving it!
Gone With the Wind— by Margaret Mitchell. As I stated above, I’ve had this book on my to-read list for a very long time. This book was my mother’s all-time favorite book and she was always telling my sisters and me that we should read it. I recently had to have some surgery where the recovery has been a little “slow-going” and with some complications, so I decided this would be as good a time as any to finally get this book read, while I am having to rest, heal, and recuperate. It’s good and interesting (even though I find myself wanting to slap that spoiled and sassy Scarlett O’Hara).
A Light in the Window— by Jan Karon. This is the second book in the beloved Mitford Series (I think there are nine books in the series). I hope I enjoy it as much as the first book in the series which I recently read, At Home In Mitford. Like it says on the back of the cover, “Enter the world of Mitford, and you won’t want to leave.” Oh, how true! I so loved the characters in this fictional town of Mitford, and especially the main character, Father Tim, a bachelor Episcopal rector. Never a dull moment in this little town!
The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery That Holds the Secret of America’s Future— by Jonathan Cahn. I was in Books-A-Million one day and talking to one of the cashiers as I was checking out. I had casually mentioned I was in a book club. I had a coupon for a free coffee and so when I was standing at the Joe Muggs Cafe counter getting my coffee, this same saleslady came over with a copy of this book in her hand. She went on and on about the book and said it would be a good book for my book club to read. She said the entire time she was reading it, she felt like God had her by the shoulders and was shaking her and saying, “Wake up, wake up, YOU can make a difference in this world.” She told me it would definitely open my eyes. She sold me. While our book club decided NOT to read the book, I will definitely read it on my own.
6. Inside Of A Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know— by Alexandra Horowitz. As a dog lover and a veterinarian, this book looked like it was right up my alley. Couldn’t resist it and can’t wait to read it!
7. Letting Them Go: Prepare Your Heart, Prepare Your Child for Leaving Home– by Dave Veerman. I read this book when my first child went off to college five years ago. I’m an empty nester now, as my last child just finished his first year of college and will soon be starting his second year. I’ll put this bluntly: I suck at being an empty nester. I know there are mothers out there who say they can’t wait for their nest to be empty and it’s something they look forward to (I’m not sure if this is relevant, but I’ve noticed the mothers I’ve heard say this have all had more than two children). Not me. I wasn’t ready for that part of my life to end and I haven’t adapted well. I believe my kids have done just fine but it’s been difficult for me. So I’m rereading this one not so much as to prepare my son, but to see if I can work at preparing my heart a little more. I’m confident I will adapt…. it’s just going to take some time.
Boy: Tales of Childhood— by Roald Dahl. Roald Dahl is one of my most favorite children’s authors ever. When my sons were little, we spent many happy hours reading several of his books: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Danny the Champion of the World, The BFG (boy did we laugh a lot at this one… so hilarious), The Witches, George’s Marvelous Medicine, The Twits, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, The Magic Finger, Fantastic Mr. Fox, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda. Two on our shelf that we didn’t read were Boy:Tales of Childhood and the sequel, Going Solo, both stories about Roald Dahl’s life. I’m looking forward to both… I love anything written by Roald Dahl!
Going Solo– by Roald Dahl. This is the sequel to Boy by Roald Dahl (see #8 above).
Essentials For Life For Women; Your Back-to-Basics Guide to Simplifying Life and Embracing What Matters Most— by Marcia Ford. I stumbled across this book in the Christian living section of a book store. I’m reading a little of it each night. It’s a quick and easy read with many good quotes, especially quotes from the bible. It’s a book that is really making me ponder what really matters most in life and how I should live my life every single day. Glad I stumbled across this one!
What’s on your summer reading list? I would love to know what you’re reading and if you have any recommendations. Happy reading and have a great summer!!