Summertime is not just a good time for my kiddos to pack in some reading time, but it's also a great time for me, too! I admit, I LOVE to read, but as a wife and mama with lots of commitments I often don't have nearly as much time to read as I would like. But summer is more of a relaxed time for me and I can enjoy having some extra reading~yea!
I've been downloading lots of freebies for my Kindle lately and getting some good recommendations from friends, so I've got plenty to keep me reading for quite a while.
There are several specific books that I really want to be intentional about reading this summer though and I thought I would share them with you today.
1. Unglued, by Lysa TerKeurst: I am actually reading through this as part of a summer book study that I'm leading for the women at our church. I'm loving it so far! It is really speaking to me about some areas in which I am so wanting to see some personal growth.
2. Desperate, by Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson: I have just begun to read this book and am definitely enjoying it so far. I love Sally's books and have read several of her others, so I was excited about reading this book she has written with Sarah Mae.
3. Shepherding a Child's Heart, by Tedd Tripp: I've heard great things about this book for a while now, but haven't had a chance to read it yet. I always love to read godly input on how to parent better and am looking forward to this read.
4. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald: I've never read this American "classic"--or even this particular American author. So when I heard about the movie, I thought to myself I need to check out the book first. Now, I'm not a big fan of some of the modern American authors (Steinbeck, Hemingway) that I've read thus far, so I don't know how I'll feel about Fitzgerald. But I do want to at least give our most famous American authors a fair shake and so this book is on my list for this summer.
5. Sparkly Green Earrings, by Melanie Shankle: I've also heard great things about this new book by the author of the blog, Big Mama. It's a memoir and if it's half as good as her blog, I'm sure it will be wonderful.
6. The Original Homeschooling Series, by Charlotte M. Mason: This is a freebie I downloaded recently and really want to read. I have read about Charlotte Mason's educational theories, but have not yet read any of her personal works. Her ideas intrigue and challenge me and I'm looking forward to learning more of what she believes about education.
7. Educating the Wholehearted Child, by Clay and Sally Clarkson: This is a re-read for me. In fact, I try to read it each summer before we go back to homeschooling in the fall. I always glean nuggets of wisdom from this amazing book (my very favorite homeschooling book) and learn something new each time I read it. It's a great refresher course for me as a homeschool mom!
So there are the top 7 books on my proverbial nightstand this summer. Hopefully I'll get even more than this read, but you've got to start somewhere, right?
I'd love to hear about what you're reading this summer! Leave me a comment telling me what you recommend~maybe I'll have to add some to this list!
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