Summer Reading

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 cheap oakley sunglasses 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:

Do you lighten your reading load in the summer? Any suggestions for my reading list?


  1. This summer, I will be finishing Les Miserables, and will follow up with Cormc McCarthy’s The Road. I’m also reading According to Plan by Graeme Goldsworthy, Living for God’s Glory, by Joel Beeke, The Hidden Life of Prayer, by David McIntyre, Idols of the Heart (just skimming this one) by Elyse Fitzpatrick. I am also hoping to delve into a refresher of Latin studies, as that is such a rich contribution to language understanding. My daughter, who is a PhD student, has also given me some articles about Evangelical Literature and American Culture, which I plan on having a peek at.

    • Sandra says:

      Sounds like a good list. I like Elyse Fitzpatrick’s books!

  2. I loved reading “Love Does,” too! Crazy, amazing life Bob Goff leads. “To Kill a Mockingbird” was one of my favorites, as well. My dad has NEVER read it, isn’t that surprising? I’m trying to get him to read it with me. 🙂

    I’m intrigued by “The Great Gatsby” movie… I was drawn to the book, particularly when I went through my”Jazz Age” fascination, but I’m a little scared about the movie adaptation. There have been some great movie adaptations out there, though!

    • Sandra says:

      The movie should be interesting since Baz Luhrmann is the director. It may not be a favorite, but I want to check it out!

  3. I love “To Kill a Mockingbird”! Atticus is a great name 🙂

    “The Great Gatsby” is not a favorite. I find it rather depressing, really. I didn’t know there was a movie coming out!

    I don’t really have a formal list for summer reading. I know that I’m reading “Kisses from Katie” with a group of ladies from church. Beyond that I hope for much pleasurable indulgence in terms of some good reading!

    • Sandra says:

      I enjoyed Kisses from Katie! It would be fun to have a group to discuss it with.