As a teacher I have always enjoyed summer reading. It started as a kid. We did not live near a library but early on Mom signed us up for the Weekly Reader Book Club. We loved when they came in the mail. There is only one year difference between my sister and me, so when the chapter books arrived we would have to take turns reading them. My younger brother and sister shared their books too.
Years later we would look for our favorites Weekly Reader Books at a book sale or on eBay so we each could each have our own copy. The Secret of Crossbone Hill by Wilson Gage was one of my favorites along with Secret of the Old Post Box by Dorothy Sterling which my younger sister couldn’t wait to have her son read.
I read all year-long but in the summer as I am not working there is much more time. Since the 80’s I have kept a list of the books I read. Now I’ve computerized it and put it all in a spreadsheet. I love having a list of when I read a book.
This year has been different with my diagnosis of breast cancer in the bones. I have less free time and more doctor visits. My energy is not the same. In addition, I am my mom’s primary caregiver and she has been in the hospital twice since December and in a rehab center for a month. Even with extra help from my family and a part-time care assistant, Mom has needed a lot more help.
Early in the spring I started a pile of books to read this summer (posted below). A few are rereads and I still am waiting on the arrival of another one! I tend to read a nonfiction book and fiction book at the same time. My nonfiction books include theology, education and history. For fiction I enjoy mystery, fantasy, poetry, young adult books and award winners. This year due to my terminal cancer I have chosen quite a few books dealing with cancer and suffering.
Here is a list of the books. You can click on the book and order it if you want to read it also. As I write reviews of the books, I will update with a link to the review. I hope this inspires you to some good reading this summer.
Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret of Story of the Early Game by John Thorn
By Book or by Crook: A Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought by Marilynne Robinson
Dear Deb: A Woman with Cancer, a Friend with Secrets, and the Letters That Became Their Miracle by Margaret Terry
The Devotional Poetry of Donne, Herbert and Milton (Christian Guide to the Classics) by Leland Ryken
Father Brown Crime Stories: 24 Short Stories by G. K. Chesterton
Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves by Trillia J. Newbell
Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism and Other God Substitutes by Nancy Pearcey
God in the Whirlwind: How the Holy-love of God Reinvents Our World by David F. Wells Review
He Gave Us a Valley by Dr. Helen Rooseveare
Home: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson
How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home by Derek Thomas
Imagination Redeemed: Glorifying God with a Neglected Part of Your Mind by Gene Edward Veith, Jr and Matthew P. Ristuccia
Institutes of Christian Religion by John Calvin
The Intolerance of Tolerance by D. A. Carson
Luther on the Christian Life by Carl R. Trueman
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
My Stronghold, A Pastor’s Battle with Cancer and Doubts by John Fornear
The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
The Queen’s Man: A Medieval Mystery (A Justin De Quincy Mystery) by Sharon Kay Penman
Pioneer Girl by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer and Life in Christ by J. Todd Billings
The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life and the Imagination Work of C. S. Lewis edited by John Piper and David Mathis
Sickness, Suffering and Scripture by David Leyshon
The Storytelling God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Parables by Jared C. Wilson
The Summer of the Great-Grandmother (Crosswicks Journal Book 2) by Madeleine L’Engle Review
Theological Fitness by Aimee Byrd
United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity by Trillia J. Newberg Review
W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton
The Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen
The Golden Treasury of Puritan Quotations compiled by I. D. E. Thomas
Who Killed Homer: The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom by Victor Davis Hanson and John Heath
What are you reading this summer?