As the weather gets nicer and the days get longer, there is nothing I love more than captivating the spare moments of summer with delightful books. Every year, I set a stack of books in the corner of my office area to satisfy my hungry soul for someone else’s words. This year I decided to share that list and actually make you a sweet little printable list that you can take with you to your local Barnes and Noble (okay, or Amazon) to snag some books, as well, for a summer filled with reading.
Since this blog is a place for all people regardless of their faith, I’ve just denoted books with a little ** if it is a book that will lend it’s interest most to a person of faith. Some of the books that I’ll highlight on this post have already been read by me, and some are books I can’t wait to dive into. Also, there’s a sweet little insert on the list from my husband and also a section on the printable specifically for teachers. Let’s dive in!
Shauna Niequist books- all of them. Every summer I try to re-read at least two of Shauna’s five books she’s put out. Her books are titled Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, Bread and Wine, Savor (a devotional) and Present Over Perfect. They all are fantastic. So much so that even your husband will lean into her words and even chuckle a little bit. If you’re feeling frantic, wanting to captivate your life more, or just needing a friend who gets it, you have to open up one of Shauna’s books. I remember reading Cold Tangerines for the first time (I’ve read it six times since then..) and craving more of her words. Although she is a Christian woman, I wouldn’t say that her books are just for those of us who are Christians. She will have you wanting to delight in your family more, spend a few more hours in your kitchen preparing food for those you love, and will give you a crash course in hospitality. Her books are delightful in the kind of way where you want to eat them up. And that’s typically just what I do. I highly recommend Shauna’s books and hope you’ll choose one to put on your must read list this summer.
Girl, Wash Your Face- Rachel Hollis. I started following Rachel on Instagram a few years ago because I loved that she was building a business and doing it with beautiful style. What I gained from her though after following her for a few years was a hundred belly laughs from her laugh out loud personality and a greater glimpse into the life of an adoptive parent. Rachel does it all with such grace and poise, but if you read Girl, Wash Your Face, you’ll find that Rachel’s life is anything but poised and that she hasn’t gotten to where she is without a few dozen falls along the way. It’s comforting and so resonating with my heart. This book will take you through the lessons Rachel has learned along the way from single woman, to broken hearted, to falling in love, to parenting, and to being your own cheerleader.
Braving the Wilderness- Brene Brown. Brene Brown has been a favorite author of mine for a long time. She’s real to the core and calls the shots just like they should be called- without holding back her emotions. In this book, she outlines the path to true belonging only occurring when you truly are you. Some of her chapters in this book have the best titles such as: “People are Hard to Hate Close Up. Move In.” and “Speak Truth to Bullshit. Be Civil.”. Now, I’m not a swearing woman very often, but this chapter was so great and this whole book has left me breathless and thankful for some more tools in my belt on how to persist in my daily life with the courage to be myself. If you’re looking for a kick in the shorts to stop hiding who you truly are, Brene has you and this book will be perfect for those campfire nights with your favorite drink in hand.
**Love that Lasts- Jefferson and Alyssa Bethke. This book is a great marriage book for couples wanting to pursue each other in a way that models the Lord’s great love for us. This book is told in such a way that helps us to see marriage in a different light than that of what our culture traps us into believing is best for marriage. A year and a half into marriage and I’m learning more about myself each day. I’m wanting to love my husband more, pursue him better, and make sure that our conflicts don’t overtake the joy in our marriage. This book is helping me to focus on my relationship with the Lord so I can be the best wife to my husband.
*Everybody Always- Bob Goff. This is my husband’s vote! Guys can read this and enjoy it all the same. I gave this a half-Christian book asterisk- not because I don’t think Bob loves Jesus, but because I truly believe this book could be a shift for anyone. Ryan used to read me this book before bed every once in a while and it was the perfect way to fall asleep. Bob and his wife, Sweet Maria, have made it their goal that everybody always feels loved and cherished. They are Christians, but if you aren’t, you may still enjoy their genuine love and joy for the human race and you may delight in the way they have such voice in their storytelling.
Imperfect Courage- Jessica Honegger. Disclaimer- this book isn’t out till August, but I know I’m going to love it and I know I’m going to want you to read it and here’s why. Jessica Honegger is one of the co-founders for Noonday Collection, the socially responsible accessory company I get to be an ambassador for. Jessica speaks often in our group of Ambassadors about shame and how to stop believing the lies. Seriously, if you’re a woman, you’ve felt lies, right? Jessica is going to help us smash those lies and call their bluff…in August. I’ll be hanging on waiting, and you can be, too.
Seriously, y’all. I could read books all the live long day. I’m a book junkie. That’s why I hope you find this short list fun and my hope is that you’ll take the long list to the book store with you. If you do, can you come back here and let me know so we can rejoice in the books we’re sharing together.
Happy Summer Reading, friends! Download your Summer Reading Book List here: 2018 Book List. 🙂