Summer reading used to be mandatory when I was in high school. Each summer, we were told to read 2 assigned books and be prepared to have some sort of assessment when we returned to class after Labor Day. I used to hate those summer reading assignments and usually waited until the week before to try and track the books down at the bookstore or library and then speed read through them. I don’t know if it was the book selection or just the idea that someone was forcing me to read during my summer break, but I can’t think of a single summer reading book that I actually enjoyed.
I actually really do enjoy reading. I think I always have, but I certainly prefer being able to choose what I read rather than a teacher or professor choosing my books for me. I was talking to my mother just today about how summer seems to be flying by so fast. It seems like just yesterday that Kevin ended the school year (although summer school is now in full swing) and we were off on our vacation – our official start to summer. It’s crazy how quickly time flies these days. (I know it’s an entirely different post for an entirely different day, but I remember how slowly time went by right after we lost Andrew. It was like the world stopped turning and I was stuck in time).
I have decided to let you in on my plans for my own personal summer reading list, and I am pleased to say that I have already completed one of the books. This list is mostly books that I’ve had lying around for a while and have been wanting to read, but just haven’t had the time (the past few books I have read were just after Savannah was born and strictly related to learning to care for an infant- the urgent won out over pleasure reading). Well, my goal this summer is to make the time to read some all of these books!
I’m trying to make a conscious effort to stop my day at 10pm (Am I the only one who has a tendency to grocery shop and make baby food after 10pm some days?). My hope is that I can spend between 30 mins-1 hour reading and then try and be asleep by 11pm. We’ll see how it goes! So, here’s my list.
1. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers – EXCELLENT!! I would recommend this to every woman!
2. Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo
3. Bringing Up Girls by James Dobson
4. This book hasn’t been decided yet, but I was thinking about a money-saving or financial book. Let me know if you have any good ideas for this. We love Dave Ramsey and have already read his Financial Makeover book, but would love to hear some other good ones.
I’ll let you know at the end of the summer how the rest of my reading goes.
Any good books that you’ve read recently?