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


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?

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