A few years ago, a friend of ours made a comment that she's not really a "reader." When my husband and I talked about it later, I said something along the lines of, "Well, of course you know I'm a reader."
He said nothing.
"I said, of course you know I'm a reader."
"Are you?" He said.
I assumed he was being sarcastic. But then he went on: "I didn't know you would consider yourself a reader."
"What? Do you not know me AT ALL?"
Then he made some crazy observation about how whenever I read for more than 5 minutes I fall asleep.
Okay. Point taken. But at the time I'm pretty sure I had an infant. What can you expect?
Since then it's become a joke between us as we each try to win the label of "reader." This summer, I am totally going to blow him out of the water.
I present to you my summer reading list. Many of the books I'm reading have come from suggestions from The Shauna Niequest Podcast (have you listened to it? You should).
Already Crossed Off the List This Summer:
I don't know how I've not read this before. It's a quick read, but I've found myself continuing to think about the images and story.
In my training to become a Spiritual Director we've been learning about the Enneagram. I have since realized that people who are into the Enneagram are REALLY INTO the Enneagram. And...I might be slowly becoming one of those people. It's a personality profile tool that helps give insight into why we do what we do and how we see the world. I am fascinated by it all. This is a great book if you are curious and want to find out more. Also. I'm a 4. Oh, and, interesting fact: The author, Ian Morgan Cron, was the speaker at Young Life Camp when I was 14.
Lauren Winner had me captured in her introduction when I read, "Some days I am not sure if my faith is riddled with doubt, or whether, graciously, my doubt is riddled with faith....I keep living in a world that I know to be enchanted, and not left alone. I doubt; I am uncertain; I am restless, prone to wander. And yet glimmers of holy keep interrupting my gaze." And then she continued to capture me for the rest of the book. So often I found myself nodding along. If you have ever felt like your life with God isn't what you anticipated when you were younger or if you have come to a point where your doubts sometimes have a louder voice than you imagined they could, this is a great read.
I stumbled on this book in the middle of the night, thanks to my phone, our library, and the ability to download ebooks. I couldn't sleep and needed a good story. What I didn't know is that this is the most recent book in a whole series...so I started at the end. But once I started, I didn't want to stop. For the next three days I neglected the laundry and the needs of my children. These Louise Penny novels centre around detective Armand Gamache and a charming little village called Three Pines. I love that the stories are set in Canada, and I smile at references to things like Tim Horton's.
The Light Between Oceans
This is another gift from the downloadable books from our public library. I loved this one and struggled with knowing what to hope for as the story unfolded. This story illuminates the lengths we will go for the people we love, and what happens when we are asked to choose between what we think is right and we most want for those we love. It is beautiful and heartbreaking.
I'm only a few pages in, but this one has been on my "to read" list for a few years. I love Barbara Kingsolver's fiction, so I'm excited to immerse myself in her nonfiction writing. This book tells of her family's experience spending a year eating only what they grew themselves or could buy locally.
After reading A Great Reckoning, I wanted to start at the beginning of the series. I checked out the audio book from the library, so this is our companion on the road when the kids have their headphones on. (We also have about 10 children's audio books out of the library right now, which are keeping our whole family engaged and saving us from too many "how much longer"s.
For the Rest of the Summer:
I've checked this out of the library, so I'm hoping I can get to it while we're on vacation. I've read Shauna Niequist's book Cold Tangerines, and I'm looking forward to hearing more of her reflections on life, friends, family, and food. I'm especially intrigued by the fact that she includes recipes in the book--we'll see if I actually try any.
As you probably know, this book has been recently turned into a movie. I was moved and inspired simply by watching the trailer, and knew at once I wanted to read the book. I promptly put one on hold at the library, and discovered that I was at the end of a long line. I just got notice that the book is ready for me to pick up...but we are out of town, so I had to cancel the hold and start over. I'm still hoping that I can get my hands on it before the end of the summer.
This is a required text for my spiritual direction training, so I've read portions of it already. With our practicum quickly approaching this fall, I'm going to be spending some time this summer revisiting this book.
That's it. That's my list. I am halfway there, and hoping to have them all read by the time the kids start school in September. What's on your summer reading list? Any that you think I should add to mine?