Summer Reading List
There was one year I barely cracked open a book other than for school, and that was the June of my junior year to the June preceding my senior year of high school. I grew up reading, and the one reason I was not reading during that time was because I was crafting my own 130,000 word novel. This summer I decided to change that and I’m currently looking at a stack of books that is piled higher than my computer screen. *Disclaimer? I did not at all read ever single word of every book I picked up. Unbroken is a hard read and I definitely skipped large parts of it. The movie was graphic enough for me!*
So here’s my list. Ready? Go!
- Confessions of a Raging Perfectionist, Amanda Jenkins. I read this book for a summer study and I highly recommend it even if you’re not a perfectionist. I went into this book thinking I’m not a perfectionist in anything, take a look at my room…but if you’re a girl and care at all how you come across to others…stop caring enough that you can sit down and read this book!
- Anything, Jennie Allen. Recommended to me by several women I love, only read this if you’re willing to hand everything, and yes, “anything” over to God. It’s a powerful read.
- Paper Towns, John Green. I figured if he’s this famous, and there was a movie coming out for this book, staring Cara Delevinge, I should probably read the book. Not to over-analyze, but it definitely reminded me of Ecclesiastes.
- Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand. For the parts I read it was an in-depth, true story about life in a Japanese POW camp. Hard read for sure.
- The Confession, Robert Whitlow. Honestly not a huge fan, but I’m glad I read it. The plot was interesting…until the ending happened and I felt I’d just started to understand what was going on. But hey, if you want to read it go for it…
- American Snyper, Chris Kyle. Other than the fact it’s a New York Times bestseller, it’s raw, real, and inspiring. Chris Kyle is honest and not afraid to explain a lot of what he felt during his four tours in Iraq. And make time to read the “P.S.” in the back. It’s worth it.
- Take One, Karen Kingsbury. I had not read anything by her until I visited Liberty University late this spring. Because she spoke briefly and explained that her sons go to LU, I was able to connect her name with her face and thought it worthwhile to see what her books were all about. I was definitely conveniently impressed.
- Scary Close, Donald Miller. Recommended by a friend, this is an open letter from the author covering his own shortcomings and dreams to have open, and therefore vulnerable, relationships with those around him. If you’re a closed-off, quiet person you will hate this book. But if you want to experience the results of honest conversation, this is a good place to begin.
- Jesus>Religion, Jefferson Bethke. I originally heard this as a poem on Youtube. Now he is a famous speaker and having heard him speak at Vertical Conference in Chicago this year, I’ve seen firsthand how he has a brilliant way of explaining the Bible to college-age students. Still working through this one but I love his conversational writing style, and of course, what he has to say.
- And for the grand finale…St. Augustine, by Peter Brown. There is no question this is a tome, and that being said I have been reading it all summer and I’m still not halfway through. But it is a phenomenal way to get inside his head and experience through Brown’s writing what Augustine thought, did, and said, even early on before he was well-known. For a biography it is definitely enticing…we’lll see if I make it through the whole book.
- Bonus! Although this book had not been published at the time I read it, it is available now! Through the Eyes of a Lion is a phenomenal book that captures a father's pain at losing his daughter in a tragic way, as well as the redemption woven throughout this true story. The author, Levi Lusko, is a nationally known speaker, pastor of Fresh Life Church, and I have had the opportunity to hear him speak on several occasions. I recommend this book wholeheartedly -- you will not be disappointed! (Fun fact: the photo for this post was actually designed by the Lusko's tattoo artist as a promo for the book.)
That’s it! Hopefully I can add to this list as fall rolls around…any good reads I missed and should expand on?