Summertime is quickly approaching, and with it books waiting to be read. Every day is my favorite for reading, but the summer months seem to scream for a good book. There are several great bookish podcasts, and Instagram accounts for finding your next good read, but I wanted to share a few of mine.
I’ve been trying to read classics on a regular basis for the last couple of years. I don’t know why I missed these great books when I was in school, but unfortunately, I have no recollection of most of the ones I’ve enjoyed recently.
If you’re like me, and want to know the answer to that Jeopardy question, don’t be intimidated by the vernacular of the classics. I’ve found audio books to be helpful in understanding the language and time period.
Listed in order of my favorites:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Loved this book so much)
Emma by Jane Austen
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (Made me sad)
I’m listening to Middlemarch by George Eliot at the present time. It’s a ginormous book, and I’m about half way through 35 hours of listening time. I’m enjoying it so far, but there are lots of characters to keep up with. I started Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, but am having difficulty staying focused. It probably wasn’t a good idea to tackle two heavy books at the same time.
I'm also reading The Women of the Bible Speak by Shannon Bream. The myth existing in our culture that Jesus doesn't care about women simply isn't true. God placed many women in places of extraordinary circumstances, and worked through them to unfold His plan for redemption.
Authors I Recommend:
Wendell Berry – I haven’t read a book of his I didn’t like, and he’s written many books. His poetry is also wonderful.
Rick Bragg – An Alabama native, Rick is a great writer of the southern way of living. If you grew up south of the Mason-Dixon line, you will relate.
Sean Dietrich – A writer in the same vein as Bragg, you will enjoy his keen sense of humor, and honest way of sharing the hard stuff.
Rosamunde Pilcher – A wonderful English lady who knows how to weave a multi-generational story that you never want to end. Her books transport you to the shores of England and leave you wanting to live there.
Books I Would Read Again:
Remember by Lisa Genova - Excellent book about memory
The Quotidian Mysteries by Kathleen Norris – A thin book about the importance of the ordinary things of life.
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter – WWII story of a Jewish family who survive, despite unusual odds.
Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry – I listened to this on audio, and then ordered the book. I wanted it in my hands and in my library.
Doing Life With Your Adult Children by Jim Burns – The title says it all.
Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon – The true story of an extraordinary woman during WWII.
Searching for Certainty by Shelly Miller – So, so good. Sadly, Shelly died in 2020. Her presence is gone, but she left her words behind, every sentence a gift.
The Red Sea Rules by Robert J. Morgan – A small book packed with biblical truth.
The Joy of Poetry by Megan Willome – I can’t say enough good things about this book. If you love poetry, read this book.
That’s it for now. Happy reading during these hot, summer months. Please comment on books you can’t put down. I’d love to hear your recommendations.