Every year for the last nine, I've participated in our local library's summer reading program.
Now that I have kids, they participate too.
It's a little crazy, really. To get the gold star at the end of the program (though the first year, they really roped me in with a travel mug!), you have to read something like 11 or 12 books in eight weeks.
Madness, I tell you!
I cushion my choices, especially when I'm pregnant or nursing or having a rough time reading a lot, with a lot of YA. (Hey, I want that gold star!)
This year, I've made myself a bit of a list for my summer reading, and I'm already getting excited about it.
Here's the short list I'm starting with:
- Mr. Blue, by Myles Connolly, which will be a delightful reread. Bonus: it's short (but deep)
- Till We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis, which I have meant to read for, um, a couple of years at least
- Manalive, by G.K. Chesterton, because I love Chesterton and I've heard this is a great read
- The Tripods Attack, by John McNichol, which is the first in the Young Chesterton Series and that I've had waiting for me for quite some time
- Stoop of Mastodon Meadow, by Daniel McInerny, which is the second in the Patria series, and which I can't wait to dive into (my seven-year-old has started the first)
- Leviathan, by Scott Westerfield
- The Messy Quest for Meaning: Five Catholic Practices for Finding Your Vocation, by Stephen Martin
- The Temperament God Gave Your Kids: Motivate, Discipline, and Love Your Children, by Art & Laraine Bennett
- After Miscarriage: A Catholic Woman's Companion to Healing and Hope, by Karen Edmisten
I know I'll be adding a book or two (and possibly swapping a book or two out), but it's fun to have a starting list.
What's on YOUR summer reading list?
image source: MorgueFile
About the Author
When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Three Shots and follow her writing at Snoring Scholar.