Thursday, June 18, 2009

summer reads

As far as I am concerned, summer is made for reading.
The sun hangs long in the sky so you can read for hours.
Or there is reading by the pool which may have happened years ago for
me but now my time at the pool is focused on keeping children alive so
I don't feel that one as keenly.
Somehow escaping into a book, into someone else's words and pictures,
is a little bit like a summer vacation even though most of us are
doing that stay-cation thing this year.
I have two new favorite summer authors.
Wendell Berry and Richard Peck.
Their stories, their words, their art draws me and and I can't sit
the book down until I'm done.
I just finished Fairweather by Richard Peck about a family who goes
to the World's Fair in Chicago in 1893. Loved it.
And I'm also looking forward to starting a new Wendell Berry Novel
Andy Catlett, a novel based on one of the characters in the town of
Port William. All of Berry's novels center around this town.
Some other summer favorites are
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon
Lucia Lucia by Adrianna Trigiani
The Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters.
Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
I'm hoping you will help me fill in the rest of my summer reading list.
Any favorites out there that I am missing.
Because summer is made for reading.

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JanaMac said...

I don't know about "summer reads" - I read all year long :o) My all time favorite authors are Brock & Bodie Thoene; a husband and wife team, they write Christian historical fiction. Right now I'm in the middle of their A.D. Chronicles Series. I'll have to write down your suggestions and begin looking for them! Happy reading dear friend!

deezmath said...

A recent favorite that altered life and the way I related to God my entire life was "Captivating" by John and Stasi Eldridge. Motivated me, captivated me, inspired and encouraged me. I recommend it, and wish I could afford to by it, for EVERY woman on earth!! Seriously.

Rachel said...

I love Richard Peck novels. My favorite is Long Way From Chicago which is the prequel to A Year Down Yonder. The Teacher's Funeral and Here Lies the Librarian are enjoyable as well. Happy reading!

Just Me,Pilgrim said...

I'm an obsessive reader all year long! Right now I am reading Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby. Get it-- you will be glad you did!

Amy Liz said...

I agree! Summer is for reading...and I just finished your book! Made me laugh out loud more times than I could count - thank you. :)