When I was growing up, summer was a time for reading. I would spend hours reading at our family cabin. In recent summers, I have not made reading a priority. This summer I would like to change that. I have a list of books that I want to read this summer.

As I considered posting about the books I plan on reading this summer, I had a few books in mind. I wanted to add a few more, but didn’t know where to start. I have so many more I would like to add!

I will just start my Summer Reading List with Part One or the June/July edition. I hope to finish the books below and then I will add a Second Edition to the Summer Reading List. 

Summer Reading List 

Reservations for Two: A Novel of Fresh Flavors and New Horizons 
I read A Table by the Window: A Novel of Family Secrets and Heirloom Recipes by Hillary Manton Lodge and enjoyed it. I am looking forward to reading the second book in the series.

Saint Anything 
I don’t often read Young Adult fiction, but every time a new Sarah Dessen book comes out, it is immediately added to my must-read list.

Real Life on a Budget: 17 Practical Challenges to Live and Thrive on a Budget 
I always enjoy reading Jessi’s blog at The Budget Mama. I was able to read the book before its release and think it’s a great resource.

Real Life on a Budget is a sensible, realistic and encouraging guide to living and thriving on a budget. The 17 practical challenges clearly break the process down. Jessi uses her past experiences to guide you towards making your own wise financial decisions. She helps you find solutions to the possible roadblocks you may come across. The book showed me that even while I feel like I have made fairly good financial decisions in the past, I have room to grow! Real Life on a Budget will help you on the road towards financial success regardless of whether you have been budgeting for years or if you are just looking to start.

Longing for Paris: One Woman’s Search for Joy, Beauty, and Adventure Right Where She Is was released on August 4th, 2015.
I am on the launch team and am excited to dig into Sarah Mae’s latest book.

Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World was released August 18, 2015.
I received an advance readers copy in the mail. I have always enjoyed getting mail, and getting a book in my mailbox makes for a great mail day. 

Sleep It Does a Family Good 
I am almost done with this book. I must admit I am skimming the book more than reading every word. I have heard much of the information in the book already. I just made myself read the book to help encourage (or force) myself to make sleep more of a priority. It might be working as I have made changes to my sleep since starting the book. This book was recommended as an additional resource in the Make Over Your Mornings course.

I finished Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive: Tips for Thriving This Summer With Your Kids this spring, but it’s definitely a read for summer. {Update} This book has been relaunched in May 2016. Check out Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive.

Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive. An encouraging book for motherhood.  
I’m unsure of my next pick. Possibly Bringing Up Girls

What books are on your Summer Reading List?

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41 comments on “Summer Reading List”

  1. You have some great picks. Dr. Dobson’s books, all his are wonderful. Read most of his including this one (3 girls of my own) while raising them. Simply Tuesday will be one I’m adding to my reading list.

    • I like what I have read so far of Dobson’s. I’m looking forward to reading more as my girls grow older.

  2. This is a wonderful summer reading list. I’ve heard great things about Simply Tuesday and Longing for Paris. I’d love to hear your thoughts once you’ve finished both of them.

    If you want you could join my weekly link up, The Cozy Reading Spot, which opens every Thursdays. This post, and so many of the others I’ve browsed here, are perfect for the link up where we share anything on our hearts, minds and bookshelves. I’d love to see you there!


    Reading List

  3. I love reading lists and covet time to read. Sometimes hard to find. I am reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer biography by Eric Metaxes. It’s quite lengthy but very interesting. I read No Ones Cuter than You by Melanie Shankle. It was so funny yet heartwarming. I really enjoyed her reflections on friendship. Lastly I am getting so much out of John Ortberg’s book All the Places to Go. This has been a very practical break down.of.ideas like ” How do I know which door to choose?” Or “what do i do if I have made the wrong choice?” Honestly this book brings us to look at this topic in a different way than perhaps before and shows that despite our circumstances God’s main goal is the person we become not the situation or circumstances we are in. I highly recommend this book!!

    • I read the Dietrich Bonhoeffer biography and enjoyed it. I don’t normally read biographies, but it was fascinating!

      No Ones Cuter than You also looks good.

  4. I am always looking for books to add to my reading list (which just keeps getting longer and longer!). I will have to pin this because some of these look GREAT! Thanks for sharing! :)

  5. I noticed a couple books on my list, too. And a few I haven’t seen. I plan my reading month by month and I’m already excited about July’s list. Ah…reading — one of life’s delightful activities!

    • Yes, reading is delightful! I hope my daughters grow to love it also. :) Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Oooh, looks like you have a great reading list and I haven’t tackled any of these. I’ll definitely check out a few.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.

  7. I keep meaning to do a post like this, but not organized enough . . . yet.
    I agree with you 100%. Summer is reading time!!
    I just got a book in the mail to read just because I love it — A Country Year by Sue Hubbell. Then, I’m also going to be reading a Warrior Chicks, Gone without a Trace, and Exploring Christian Theology. (Wow, I sound schizo!)
    Thanks for this fun post!

    • That is fun you were able to meet Sarah Dessen. Yes, she is talented!

      Thanks for mentioning your linkup. I stopped by earlier this week!

  8. A couple of friends and I are planning to do a very informal book club this summer, but we all just looked at teach other blankly when we tried to think of our first book — haha! This list looks like a great place for us to start. :)

    • If you are looking for book club books, here are a few other suggestions: Unbroken (Hillenbrand), The Green Journey (Hassler), The Hiding Place (Corrie Ten Boom)

  9. Not sure what I’ll read next, but I just finished A Wilder Rose, a partially fictionalized biography of Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of Laura Ingles Wilder and possible co-author of the Little House books. I stopped by from the Mom2Mom blog hop.

  10. I don’t have a list. It’s more of a pile. A large, messy, pile! I think some of the ones your mentioned here may be added to it. Thanks for sharing! :)
    Happy Reading.

  11. Thank you for sharing your reading list with us at Good Morning Mondays. I am finding less time for reading, there are always so many other things to do. Thanks for the encouragement to find time again. Blessings

    • I know that I was able to read quite a bit more with a newborn as I was nursing. They did have to be exciting and fast-paced books, so I wouldn’t fall asleep. ;)

  12. Excellent recommendations! I too am on the launch teams for Longing for Paris and Simply Tuesday…how fun. I’m enjoying them tremendously, going through LFP for the 2nd time right now b/c I felt like there was more for me to learn from it. :) Thanks for sharing this at #RaRaLinkup today!

  13. I think you’re so right that reading needs to be made a priority, it’s one of those things that seems to fall by the wayside when life gets busy. Love these book suggestions, I’ll be adding a few of them to my Summer reading list (we haven’t had summer here yet, I’m in Australia…)!

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