This is the fun list for your summer. Think beach read, easy pleasure read. Fast page turner, that will inspire, get you lost in your head and several of these will especially pull your heart-strings. There are so many more books I could add that I love, love, love but I wanted to create a list that was lighter for your fast paced, vacation packed, busy with the kids and all things outdoors summer.
1. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.
From NY Times: After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.
2. The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
Have you seen the show the Fixer Upper yet? I’m sure you have. If not you might be hiding under a rock these days. I’ll admit that I watched most of season 1 and then grew tired of same ol’ same ol’ style and script induced drama (As an ENFP I don’t do so well with sameness. I appreciate variety and different). I really like Chip and Jo’s relationship and how they work together. This book is written just like how they talk in their show. It’s hilarious and inspiring and leaves you wanting even more to visit downtown Waco!
3. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
This book is a bit thick but if you have the time it’s a family drama that weaves in and out of the present and past of a family’s journey. Keep reading til the end because it will shock you!
Quote: A gripping story of deception and passion, The Secret Keeper will keep you enthralled to the last page.
4. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
Packed full of research and stories to keep you flipping pages, this book is so thought-provoking and motivating. Maybe just what you need to kick-start your fall?
Quote: At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work.
5. For the Love by Jen Hatmaker
This book may have a controversial author these days but don’t throw the baby out with bath water – so to speak. There is good (or can be good) is everything, right? This book with make you snort laugh out loud. It will make you
almost cry, and strive to love your people more.
Quote: Jen Hatmaker bares the refreshing wisdom, wry humor, no-nonsense faith, liberating insight, and fearless honesty that have made her beloved by women worldwide.
6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Of course, if you haven’t read this classic yet, (I only read it for the first time last year) make this the summer you do! It’s not old english intimidating like the Scarlet Letter was for me. It’s way, way easier to read and it will have you talking differently after each time you put it down, guaranteed!
7. Me before You by Jojo Moyes
Ever read a Jojo Moyes book? This would be a good one to start with. It takes place in England around a local castle. Don’t watch the movie first if you can help it! This novel may not be so popular in viral Christian world but I say read it for yourself and decide. Keep in mind it’s fiction…
Quote: …brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
8. Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
A novel that starts at the end. The plane crashes. People die. Was this by chance or intentional? The rest of the story back tracks as the main character, Scott tries to figure out what really happened. This story also portrays and eye-opening look on media in our world today and how accuracy has slipped from first place.
So, have you read any of these?
Which ones did you like or dislike?
Any here you hope to read this summer?
I’d love to hear from you!
Also, let me know your summer picks not listed here!
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