Summer book list 2016

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I love to read books. There’s nothing like the crisp pages of a brand-new book – Particularly a hardback. There’s something permanent and formal about the written word. The Bible, being the ultimate example: Never changing, reliable, infallible, perfect.

Summer is the perfect time to lounge in the sunshine with a good book. Getting swept away in the plot of a new book is almost like a mini-vacation. In the Summertime, I tend to lean towards books that are lighter in subject. However, there was something almost imperceptibly different about this Summer, that had me reaching for more than the usual Summer fluff. Just something in the air, I can’t explain it. It was a soft tugging for my attention. Maybe God equipping me for something. Nonetheless, here are my Summer reads:

  • When Parents Text by Lauren Kaelin & Sophia Fraioli – Hilariously bad texts from parents. I stumbled upon this book, back when I was working at Nordstrom. It was a slow night, I picked up this book, and laughed so hard I had to retreat back into the dressing room. I haven’t stopped laughing.
  • The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin – The fictional biography of Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Historically, one of the most tumultuous and painfully public lives, as a Lindbergh. Anne’s blustery marriage, epic highs and tragic lows, made me feel normal. I devoured this book.
  • Girls With Swords by Lisa Bevere – This is no sweet girly pep talk. What if you discovered that you held an invincible, incorruptible, invisible weapon? Women everywhere can become heroes. Who we might be in the future, depends on our ability to fight for it. The encouragement within this book is tremendous. I want my daughters to read it next!
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple – My incredibly joyful neighbor, Brie, put this in my hands. Admittedly, I have not begun to read it yet, but it sounds like an original and moving adventure. Bernadette disappears, leaving her family and life behind. Her daughter is left weaving together emails, receipts, and school memos, to solve the riddle of her imperfect mother. Are you trying to say something, Brie?! Ha, ha ha.
  • The Spirit of Python by Jentezen Franklin – Pastor Franklin helps you understand the subtle strategies and tactics that Satan employs, and how we can detect the spiritual battle in our own lives. I am in the middle of reading this book, for the second time. Enough said.
  • The Birth Order Book by Dr. Kevin Leman – As a former psychology major, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Give me all the psychology. Everywhere. It’s all about birth order in this book (obviously, *snort*.) Through stories and examples, I learned more about the “whys” of me, as well as my kids, and those around me. I have always been interested in birth orders. Ask anyone. For the record, First borns rule.
  • For the Love by Jen Hatmaker – Everyone at work was given a copy of this, and thank goodness. I laughed my way through this entire book. It’s so real, its unreal. Did you know that I got in a Twitter fight with Jen Hatmaker?! True story. But I still listed her book here, so…

What did you read this Summer? If you say “nothing,” we can’t be friends. Sorry.

Warmly, Sarah

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  1. I was given the book “The Girl on the Train” from a parent volunteer that worked in my classroom. I had not heard of it. I guess I don’t visit the psychological thriller section at Barnes and Noble much, plus my nose has been in my Common Core teaching books during the school year. So I was ready for a book that did not have to do with education. BTW, did Georgia adopt Common Core?
    The book has been out for a year and a half and will be a feature film this fall. I finally got into it after several chapters.
    It was a different read for me. But I guess it’s good to branch out. That’s what’s nice about receiving a book from someone. It may not be a book that you would pick up on your own.

  2. I love this! I’m a huge book lover… Nothing like the smell of the pages and the feeling of one in my hands. My friends have often made fun of me because bookstores are a happy place for me and I’m always smelling books. Lol I’m always looking for new books to read and so thanks for the list! I’m currently reading ‘You are a Badass.’ We all need a little #selfhelp once in awhile!!

    1. Welcome Amanda! Thank you for reading my little blog, and for participating in the comments section. You earned 347 points for that. Really, the validation is superb. I’m thrilled we connected here, of all places. I am always in your corner. I would gladiator fight someone for you.

  3. Love this blog post! I’ve been reading the Outlander series all summer. It’s a great historical fiction series with a hot male lead for the ladies to drool over. 😉

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