Summer Reading- 2018



Last week, I went through the bookshelves and pulled off books I’ve been intending to read.  Some of them I’ve had on my to-read list a very long time.  I’m actually not a big fiction reader and prefer non-fiction, but summer is often a time that I read more fiction.

Here’s this summer’s picks in no particular order.

Jane Eyre– by Charlotte Bronte


Am I the only one on the planet who has not read this book?  I sure feel like I am!  I’m looking forward to this one!!

Oz Book Set

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz– by Frank Baum

The Marvelous Land of Oz– by Frank Baum

Ozma of Oz– by Frank Baum

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My mother bought this book set for my oldest son when he was around ten years old (he’s 28 now).  It is the first three books in the beloved Oz series and this boxed set came out just in time for the 100th anniversary of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (written in 1900).  My sons and I read the first book together when they were around 10 and 7 (and loved it) but somehow, we never got around to reading the others. In all honesty, I had forgotten they were still on the bookshelf.  Did you know there were 14 books in the original Oz series?  The 1939 fantasy musical film, The Wizard of Oz, was based on the first book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I love sometimes to grab good children’s books, especially for summer reading.

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts– by Gary Chapman


Yeah, I know, I’m WAY late to the party on this one.  My “big sister” in veterinary school recommended this book to me many, many years ago.  She and I have similar tastes so I know I’ll like this book.

Fierce Faith: A Woman’s Guide to Fighting Fear, Wrestling Worry, And Overcoming Anxiety– by Alli Worthington


I first read about this book on Ann Voskamp’s blog, and then I kept seeing it on other Christian blogs.  I went to Amazon and after reading some reviews, decided I wanted to read it.

Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies For Every Writer– by Roy Peter Clark


I’m always looking for a good book on writing.  I saw this one pop up again and again on author blogs.

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice In A Small Town– by John Grisham


Any John Grisham fans out there?  I’ll confess, I’ve never read anything by John Grisham.  This book was given to me by my sister-in-law and about the same time, recommended to me by a friend who had read it and really liked it.  So, I guess I’m going to give John Grisham a try!  I understand this is his first work of nonfiction and it’s based on a true story.

The Appeal– by John Grisham


The same friend who recommended John Grisham’s The Innocent Man to me also let me borrow this book. He and his sister really enjoyed it.

The Ragamuffin Gospel– by Brennan Manning


I think I learned of this book on Michelle DeRusha’s blog.  And then it kept popping up on other Christian blogs.  Looking forward to reading this one.

Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left out, and Lonely– by Lysa TerKeurst


I actually bought this book with the intention of participating in a church book study I was invited to through one of the church’s I visited one Sunday.  Due to health reasons, I didn’t get to do the study but I still plan to read the book.  I’ve not read any other books by this author, but I’ve heard lots about her on Christian blogs I’ve read.

Praying God’s Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds– by Beth Moore 


I’ve never read anything by Beth Moore but have wanted to.  My Baptist neighbor loved this book and talked about it.  I’ve heard it’s Beth Moore’s #1 best seller.  I love books on prayer and I’m ready to dig into this one!

So those are the books I plan to read in June, July, and August.  How’s that for variety?

What are you reading this summer? 


Gail ♥ 

About Gail

I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, veterinarian, and wanna be writer. I love nature and animals of all kinds, music, cooking, and spending time with my family.
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16 Responses to Summer Reading- 2018

  1. Relax... says:

    Wow — those sound GREAT! Oy, you don’t want to know what I’m reading…. well, maybe you do! I was chatting with far eldest daughter one night when I mentioned a tv show I was loving. I said, “You may find this very weird, but I love that show about autopsies.” She shouted, “MOM. DR. G, Medical Examiner??” I said it was indeed, and she sent me Dr. G’s book, lol — it’s very good so far. And believe it or not, I thought the Wizard of Oz was the ONLY Oz book — I’ve never heard differently until today! How cool!

    • Gail says:

      I’ll confess, I’ve never heard of Dr. G., Medical Examiner, but we don’t have cable, so that’s no surprise. But I looked it up, and it sounds right up my alley! I’d probably find it interesting too and no, I don’t think that’s weird at all. I’ll confess, one of my favorite courses in veterinary school was pathology and I also enjoyed necropsy rotation my clinical year. It was just so darn interesting and fascinating to me!!!

      I’ll definitely check out Dr. G’s book! Thanks for mentioning it! Oh, and you would be surprised to learn all the differences in the book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the movie, The Wizard of Oz. Did you know there were no ruby slippers in the book? The shoes were actually silver (just some fun trivia)!

      • Relax... says:

        I’ll have to check out the book — I don’t think I ever read it, just saw the movie. What a great story. I gave my heart to the scarecrow, of course, which wasn’t what he needed. 😉 Watching Dr. G is a little like perusing Merck’s Manual; you could be dead by nightfall!! lol Like her show, her book intends to help improve/protect/extend life for us. I think you’d like it, too.

      • Gail says:

        I think I would like it too. I was looking on Amazon…. is it called How Not to Die??

      • Relax... says:

        Yes, and I’m sorry — I meant to come back in here and let you know the title!

      • Gail says:

        That’s quite alright!!

      • Gail says:

        Well, I was flipping channels tonight and came across Dr. G. Medical Examiner! So I guess we do get it. She is quite the character!

      • Relax... says:

        Great! Yes, she is!

  2. Margret says:

    Great books. I also have a stack of books to read.

  3. Shelley says:

    You’re gonna be busy! That writing tool book is a great one! Happy reading to you!

  4. Rachel says:

    Looks like a good & well-rounded selection! I loved Uninvited, a lot 🙂 Jane Eyre I have read, but had to read it so very slowly.
    This summer, one book I want to finish is The Cranford Novellas, by Elizabeth Gaskell.

    • Gail says:

      Hi Rachel. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment and for the follow. I hope you enjoy The Cranford Novellas! I’m heading over to check out your blog now!

      • Rachel says:

        You’re welcome, Gail 🙂 I think I will enjoy reading. Gaskell has been one of my more or less favorites lately. Thank-you for stopping by my blog as well!

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