I do most of my reading in June, July, and August on a quilt in the back yard, within grabbing distance of a bowl of watermelon. Every twenty-five seconds I look up and say, “Stop spraying your brother with the water hose,” so it’s the perfect time to re-read some of my favorites or pick some lighter reading.
Here’s what I have planned:
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. When our son from Ethiopia (finally!) becomes a Peoples, we will change his middle name to Atticus, in honor of one of the greatest literary characters of all time.
- Stepping Heavenward by Mrs. E. Prentiss. I’ve read this before and liked it, but I can’t remember why I liked it!
- The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. My six-year-old son and I are reading these together, and I like to stay ahead of him so I can edit any scary parts if necessary.
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’m pretty excited about this movie coming out later this year.
- I’ll go ahead and admit it–I’m sure I’ll be flipping through a few “guilty pleasures,” and not feeling guilty about it!
I’m also joining my friend Teri Lynne and over 250 others in reading the Bible in 90 days (99 days actually, between Memorial Day and Labor Day). Since I’ll be reading it on an app on my phone, I can even do that on my quilt!
If you want even more suggestions for your summer reading list, here are some of my recent favorites:
- Love Does by Bob Goff
- Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
- Insurgent by Veronica Roth
- You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins