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Summer Must Read Books


I love to read all year, but the summer offers more occasions to curl up with a good book. Whether you are at the beach, on a plane, or on your couch, find a Summer Must Read Book!

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Summer Must Read Books


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“Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover:

“Educated: A Memoir”: Tara Westover grew up uneducated and poor in the mountains of Idaho. After decades of violent abuse and trauma suffered at the hands of family members, she chose to leave the mountain and attend college. Despite every card in the deck being stacked against her, she managed to not only attend college, but eventually receive a doctorate from Cambridge. Her story is one of overwhelming sadness and triumph as she repeatedly attempts to reconcile with her family, but in the end must completely separate from them.


“Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate:

“Before We Were Yours”: A beautiful and fun read with a mix of serious. The writing and characters are exceptional and fun to read. This novel is based on a true event in American history where poor children were stolen from their parents and given (sold) to wealthy families. This book follows two generations of one family affected by this scenario – the siblings who searched for each other and a granddaughter who helps uncover the truth two generations later.


“Next Year in Havana” by Chanel Cleeton

“Next Year in Havana”: The gorgeous cover alone makes me want to recommend this book! I just finished reading it and it was completely engrossing and hard to put down. It is also a story told by two generations – a Grandmother and her Granddaughter. The Grandmother escaped Cuba after the revolution in 1959. The Granddaughter returns to Cuba to spread her Grandmother's ashes. During her trip she falls in love and uncovers her Grandmother's greatest secret and why she wanted her remains returned to Cuba. I also read the teaser first chapter of the next book in this series – “When We Left Cuba.” It is now on my summer reading wish list.

“All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doeer

“All the Light We Cannot See”: I actually read this book three years ago. I include it as a book you need to circle back to if you missed it. It is beautifully written – like make you want to cry it is so beautiful. It is the story of two children (and their families) growing up in pre-World War II Europe – one a German boy and the other a blind French girl. Their lives intersect during the height of World War II.

“The Next Right Thing” by Emily P. Freeman

“The Next Right Thing”: This book came as the result of Emily P. Freeman's podcast by the same name. She addresses the question of how to make a decision when we are unsure of the best path. Sometimes there is no clear cut path, no sign received, no clarity…. What is Emily's advice? “Simply do the next right thing.” This book helps us deal with our decision fatigue and be more confident that everything is going to be ok. My book is underlined, and dog-eared.

“The Struggle is Real, But So Is God” by Misty Phillip

“The Struggle is Real”: Misty Phillip has truly been there in the trenches – no pat answers or platitudes from her. This is a meaty Bible study full of scripture. It is a 6 week study full of God's promises to you to help you in the struggles of life. I was privileged to be on her launch team and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Misty and the other gals who went through the study for the first time. 

“30 Days with John by Leah Lively”

“30 Days with John”: Leah leads you through the book of John by allowing you to read and explore without too much commentary or drawing the conclusions for you. This would be a great Bible study for morning (or anytime) devotions. Lot of space to fill in your answers and enjoy your journey.

What is Next on My List for the Summer?

“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens

“Where the Crawdads Sing”: This book is next on my list. I just finished “Next Year in Havana” today. Plan to start on this tomorrow!

Update: Finished this book. Loved it!!! Not sure how I feel about the ending, but overall loved the book.


“Ask Again, Yes” by Mary Beth Keane

“Ask Again, Yes”:  I am about 2 chapters into this book. So far, pretty intriguing. Two New York City police officers and their families live next door to each other in the suburbs. 

What I am Pre-Ordering

“The Middle Matters” by Lisa-Jo Baker

“The Middle Matters” comes out in July, but I am pre-ordering it now. Lisa-Jo Baker welcomes us to midlife and shares why this part of life may be the best! 

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