Reading List

Last summer I curated a reading list and I absolutely loved my selections.  I still recommend the books I read last summer.

Lately, I haven’t been reading much.  Actually, I’ve been reading a lot, but I either start a book I never finish, or I read a book I don’t love.  Here’s the problem.  I work in a library.  I’m surrounded by books every day!

Not much of a problem if you like to read, but I tend to get overwhelmed.  So many books look good!!!

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Instead of lugging piles upon piles of books home everyday, I keep thinking about my old reading list from last summer.  I need another new and fresh reading list, something to check off after I read “The End”.

I don’t have tons of time for reading, and more often than not, when I read before bed, I end up sleeping in my book.  That’s why I want a list.  It’s a better use of my time.

And, because I work in the library, people are constantly asking me for recommendations.  I need to be on top of my game!

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That’s where you guys come in.  I’d love for each of you to leave me a recommendation.  I’d prefer to read new (ish) books.  Thanks a bunch!

I’ll be sure to post my new reading list once I get it sorted out and maybe I can even get back to doing a brief review on each book.

So, here goes…what have you read been reading this summer?


If you have kids and want to encourage them to read, I wrote a little mini-series on Raising Readers.  It may (or may not – I make no guarantees) be helpful.

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  1. says

    Theology Books–Found in Him, by Elyse Fitzpatrick, and Praying Backwards, by Bryan Chapell.
    Just for Fun–Whose Body?, by Dorthy Sayers, The Housemaid’s Daughter, by Barbara Mutch, What She Left Behind, by Ellen Wiseman, and The Good Dream, by Donna VanLiere

  2. says

    Not necessarily from this summer but here goes: The Naked Gardener by L.B. Gschwandtner; Zero Day by DAvid Baldacci; The Noticer by Andy Andrews; The Home for Wayward Husbands by Johnee Cherry; The Man in the Window by Jon Cohen; The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin; The Bartender’s Tale by Ivan Doig; Actually anything by Ivan Doig is usually good; Breaking Twig by Deborah Epperson; My Year with Eleanor by Noelle Hancock; Don’t Let Me Go by Catherine Ryan Hyde; In the Land of the Long White Cloud by Sarah Lark; The Rocking Chair by Stephen Manchester; Forgotten Sister by Jennifer Paynter; The Shipping News by Annie Proulx; When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde;Mid Life by Harry Pants (this one is not for everybody but its a hoot); A Gentle Rain by Deborah Smith;

    There’s been a bunch of other chic literature. I love reading Sophie Kinsella because she makes me laugh.

    Can you tell I love to read?

  3. says

    I’ve been hopping from some of my daughter’s (12 years old) recommendations; Infernal Devices, other YA books, and some of my beloved British mysteries which aren’t new at all. I have heard Fault in our Stars is wonderful just haven’t read (yes my daughter is urging me.)

    Something newish which is probably more of a light read is my first book called ‘Chloe’ by Merrill B. Hunter which being that I wrote it, I guess I recommend it to anyone who likes a little meaningful story with a bit of light romance from the turn of the century (last century) It’s on Amazon, but I was going to ask my library if they wanted a copy.

  4. says

    I am reading “The witches of east end” series. I love it so far. There is a great book by Ariana Franklin that I loved called “Mistress of the Art of death.” It’s a historical fiction mystery novel. The main character is a female doctor that does autopsies to figure out the crime.

  5. vicki says

    I just finished Love Does by Bob Goff. It will easily be one of my favorite books of all time, ever.

    I also read The Fault in our Stars and loved it.

    Rhinestone Jesus by Kristin Welch was so, so good! Can’t recommend it enough!

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