Summer Reading- 2019

What makes for good summer reading?  Perhaps a little more romance?  Books about summer?  The beach?  I guess it’s different for everybody.  Normally, I prefer reading nonfiction.  But in the summer, I like to throw in a little fiction.  This summer, we have some home projects planned –  stripping wallpaper, painting, and installing hardwood flooring in a couple of bedrooms – so I’ve shaved down my list a little, thinking I’m not going to have as much reading time as I’d like.  But that’s okay.  Here are my choices.

The Confident Woman: Start Today Living Boldly and Without Fear– by Joyce Meyer 

A friend (who knows I like Joyce Meyer) gave me this copy she found at Goodwill.  I’ve never found a Joyce Meyer book I didn’t like and so far, this one’s no exception.

Tuesdays With Morrie:  an old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson– by Mitch Albom

This is a reread and a favorite book of mine.  I read this book many years ago and it was one I couldn’t stop thinking about.  After all these years, it’s still one of my top ten favorite books.  Looking forward to rereading it and enjoying it again.

Searching for Sunday: loving, leaving, and finding the church– by Rachel Held Evans

I’ve never read anything by Rachel Held Evans but a few of her books have been on my to-read list for a while now.  I know her recent unexpected death at the age of 37 shook up the Christian blogging world.  Rachel was a fellow Episcopalian and also a fellow Tennessean.  I’ve heard good things about her books and so this is one of two of her books I’ve picked to read this summer.

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and loving the Bible Again– by Rachel Held Evans

The second Rachel Held Evans book to read this summer is a book that the title and cover alone makes me want to read.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time– by Mark Haddon

This is another book that I’ve had on my to-read list for quite some time.  It’s about an autistic boy who investigates the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog.  And that right there is about all I know about it.

Fahrenheit 451– by Ray Bradbury 

This is also a reread.  This book has been on our bookshelf since it was on our sons’ summer reading lists back when they were in middle school.  I think I read it with one of them but in all honesty, I don’t remember a lot about it.

Where the Crawdads Sing– by Delia Owens

Though I don’t usually like murder mysteries, I’ve heard too many good things about this book to pass it by.  I’ve had some friends recommend it and I’ve read a lot of good reviews about it.

Heaven– by Randy Alcorn

This book came out about two years before my mother passed away and I’ve wanted to read it ever since.  I saw it on sale recently at a LifeWay Christian store and decided it would be part of my summer reading.

What are you reading this summer?  Have you read any of these and did you like them?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and also recommendations for any other books you’ve read or heard about.  Happy reading! 


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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12 Responses to Summer Reading- 2019

  1. Relax... says:

    My daughter (NC) is listening to the audiobook of “Where the Crawdads Sing.” She says it’s great and wants me to read it. I read about 30 free pages online and would indeed like to read it! I have read “Tuesdays with Morrie” — wonderful! I just finished one you may have heard of, “All the Light We Cannot See.” Wonderfully done by Anthony Doerr, but there was not light enough (for me). I am also going through Jane Kenyon’s “Collected Poems,” which is good. If I don’t like a poetry book, I don’t take it personally, lol. Your proposed summer reading list sounds pretty good!

    • Gail says:

      I am glad to hear your daughter likes “Where the Crawdads Sing.” It seems to be a very popular book club choice! I have heard of “All the Light We Cannot See.” I think I saw it in Target the other day and I believe my sister read that one in her book club. I’ll have to ask her. I haven’t read poetry since probably my sophomore year in college! My mother had a few poetry books that now I wish I would have kept but I think we gave them to Goodwill when we were clearing out the house (smacks head).

      I always appreciate your input Carol. Have a wonderful summer!

      • Relax... says:

        Thank you! You, too, though I’m guessing your summers are a lot hotter than ours — stay cool!

      • Gail says:

        Yes, summers are insanely hot and humid here. It’s my least favorite season and the older I get, the more I don’t tolerate the heat and humidity. I spend summer waiting for fall!! LOL!

      • Relax... says:

        Lol! I hear that! After only a few of July’s 3-H (hazy, hot, humid) days in a row here, I’m ready to move in with Santa & Mrs. Claus ’til mid-August or so. All the H’s must be good for something or God wouldn’t have invented them, but, whew! Here’s hoping your summer behaves itself!

      • Gail says:

        We’ve had a few hot and humid days here too but usually July and August are our worse. Although last year, September and even October were pretty humid. I hope you all will cool off too! Oh, how are your hydrangeas? After several years of mine not blooming very much at all, this seems to be the year of the hydrangea!!! They are gorgeous!!

      • Relax... says:

        Oh, good! I hope you’ll share some hydrangea photos! Our hydrangea is about 5 times it’s original size and is forming a lot of blooms-to-be, but the lilacs were just off the charts this year! We had a verrrrry rainy Spring after a mild-ish winter — did you folks, too?

      • Gail says:

        My lilacs didn’t do a thing this year! Yes, we’ve had a wetter than normal spring and our winter was unusually rainy (and warm). February was the rainiest month on record!

      • Relax... says:


  2. Shelley says:

    I’ve read Tuesdays with Morrie a long time ago. I enjoyed it. I’d highly recommend you read Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah. Looks like you’ll be busy – nice choices, enjoy the reading!

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