A look at some book ideas to transport you to faraway places – without ever leaving your home.
I love collecting a stack of books to read every summer. It reminds me of when I was growing up and my parents would challenge my sister and me to see how many books we could read. It was the birth of my love for reading and I find there is something so satisfying in taking a little time-out to delve into a good book!
Fiction Summer Reading List
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
I dove into my summer reading with Where the Crawdads Sing and was totally mesmerized! It combines a heartbreaking coming of age story with a possible murder mixed with the beauty of nature. I couldn’t put it down. I will say there is some mild sexuality and profanity.
Longing for Home by Sarah M. Eden
Who doesn’t love a little historical fiction? Longing for Home takes place in the Wyoming Territory in the late 1800s. The town of Hope Springs is divided between the Americans who have settled there and the Irish immigrants. In the midst of hatred and violence, Katie finds a reason to hope. She is faced with the hardest decision of her life —stay and give her heart to love or return to Ireland and find the peace she has been longing for. It is the first in a 6 book series.
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
It seemed somewhat appropriate to add Year of Wonders to my summer reading list. It has been several years since I read this one, but I remember how I loved learning about the fateful plague in 1666. We follow the story through the eyes of Anna as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. We’ve come along way from what they experienced – but so many similarities as well!
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Our book group is reading this one next and I’m fascinated to pick it up! Before We Were Yours takes place in 1939 and tells the story of one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals. The Memphis-based adoption organization kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country. It is touted as a riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale.
Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner
This one addresses the complexities of female relationships, pitfalls of living out loud and online, and the resilience of the human heart. Promoted as a witty, moving story about family, friendship, and figure out what matters most. I’ve never read a book by Jennifer Weiner before, but Big Summer caught my attention. The reviews have been promising, and I’m excited to dig in.
Non-Fiction Summer Reading List
The Anatomy of Peace by the Arbinger Institute
I had a friend recommend this one and felt with all the crazy going on in the world it was a much-needed read. I’ve read several other books by the Arbinger Institute and so I feel confident this will be a powerful book. The Anatomy of Peace unfolds as a story of loss and conflict seen through the eyes of the Arab Israeli conflict. We learn the most when we can find connection through stories and The Arbinger Institute is always masterful at doing just that.
Love Does by Bob Goff
When it comes to loving your neighbor, instead of focusing on having the “right answers” or checking the “right boxes” what if we simply decided to love? Promised to be light, fun, unique, and profound — Love Does draws on the life, experiences, and attitude of author Bob Goff. I’m looking forward to discovering a secretly incredible life in an ordinary world. 🙂
The Power of Stillness by Hess, Skarda, Anderson, and Mansfield
My sister kindly gave me The Power of Stillness for my birthday. It’s a book I’ve been wanting to read and study and apply to my life. We all can get caught up in the “doing” of life which can cause us to out on the deep power of being still. I’m always looking for ways to be more mindful and this book promises to teach how to observe our thoughts and feelings without jumping on board with them.
Educated by Tara Westover
Educated is an unforgettable memoir about a young girl who kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. I’ve had this sitting on my nightstand for 6 months and this summer is the time for me to finally make time to read. It seems like it will be a fascinating story full of beautiful insights about our human nature.
What’s on your summer reading list?
Looking for some other reading ideas?
- 2019 Summer Reading List
- Boys in the Boat
- The Day the World Came to Town
- The Power of Passion and Perseverance: Grit