I went through the bookshelves a few days ago and picked some selections for summer reading. I’m still trying to stick to my goal of 4 books a month but threw in a couple of extras because I’m feeling ambitious! I’m more of a non-fiction reader than I am of fiction but I vowed to throw in a few fiction books this summer. Here’s my selections (in no particular order):
Firefly Summer– by Nan Rossiter
In Pursuit of Peace: 21 Ways To Conquer Anxiety, Fear, and Discontentment– by Joyce Meyer
Dewey’s Nine Lives:The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions– by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter
This is the follow-up to the bestseller Dewey which I read several years ago. Loved it!!!!
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft– by Stephen King
Living Courageously: You Can Face Anything, Just Do it Afraid – by Joyce Meyer
The Snow Child – by Eowyn Ivey
8. A Prayer for Owen Meany– by John Irving
Never Unfriended: The Secret to Finding and Keeping Lasting Friendships– by Lisa-Jo Baker
60 Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar: Simple Steps to Reduce the Carbs, Shed the Weight, and Feel Great Now! by Dennis Pollock
11. Walking with God through Pain and Suffering– by Timothy Keller
12. Finding Peace: God’s Promise of a Life Free From Regret, Anxiety, and Fear– by Charles Stanley
13. A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel For Humans- by W. Bruce Cameron
This one just left the theaters and came out on DVD. I decided I really wanted to read the book before seeing the movie. I’m about 3/4 of the way through it and oh my. It’s really good but I’ve cried a total of about 4 times already (I don’t even want to think about what the ending is going to do to me). I might need to rethink watching the movie!
The Blood Pressure Book: How to Get it Down and Keep it Down- by Stephen P. Fortmann, M.D. and Prudence E. Breitrose
What books are you reading this summer? Happy Reading!!!!!
My book-reading has taken a nosedive. However, I found a very good (so far) book, “Art of the Tale – An International Anthology of Short Stories, edited by Daniel Halpern and published by Penguin Books in 1986. (A Goodwill store find!) I am enjoying it night after night (82 stories). I really like auto/biographies, but I lovvvvvve short stories that aren’t nasty or grotesque. For (mostly) fiction, I can stand (since Pearl Buck/Penelope Lively) only something like Readers Digest Condensed. Your upcoming choices look like you might really enjoy them a lot!
The Short Stories sound good…. glad you are enjoying those. Reading has been hard for me lately until I picked up A Dog’s Purpose. I’ve had it awhile. Not sure why I never read it. Probably because I knew it would make me cry and it has! I like auto/biographies too. The older I get, the more I like them!
You know, in thinking about novelists, I recalled a book I had loved (and I may have read another of hers), “Dear and Glorious Physician” — a fictional account of St. Luke. The reason it didn’t jump out at me as fiction was because it was so well done, so deep. Riveting, actually! She has books on Rome, Greece, one about St. Paul (“Great Lion of God”) and many more — I think you’d like her a lot. I think I would like to read more of her, too, now — I’m going to go to the Library soon and see if I can find her!
Thanks for the recommendation. I would love to read a fictional account of St. Luke! And the one about St. Paul too!
Oh, heavens, I rearranged a sentence and left out the author’s name: Taylor Caldwell. 🙂
Thanks! I will be sure to check her out! I was just talking to my sister a little while ago and saying I needed to make a trip to the library. Now I have a good reason!
I saw A Dog’s Purpose DVD at the library yesterday. Almost rented it. Maybe I will. I’ll let you know. I’m a major weeper so if I can handle it, you can, too.
Hi Julie, I finished the book and it got to me a couple of more times before the ending. Whew! I loved the Afterword where the author explained how the book came about- a really neat story. I learned there is a “sequel” or a continuation as the author prefers to call it. It’s called A Dog’s Journey (it has a Beagle on the cover-you’ve probably seen it). I might just have to read it too. I hope you enjoy A Dog’s Purpose. It was recommended to me a few years back by a good friend at church. Her name was Jane and she was a beagle lover too. (She had the sweetest beagle named Maggie). She kept telling me I would love this book. Jane passed away a couple of years ago (breast cancer). I only wish I had read it when she was still alive as it would have been great discussing it with her. I suspect that has something to do with why I wept so much throughout this book. It made me think of Jane, how much I miss her and how much Maggie still misses her.