Summer Reading

summer readingYou know I love a good book, and reading is something I simply adore. Throw in some sunshine and a glass of wine (or sweet tea), and I’m all set! I’ve had several requests lately (via the blog and from friends) for new book suggestions and summer reading recommendations. Summer is beginning to wind down, but I’m sure there are plenty of beach and lake trips coming up! Here are some books that I really love, and I think you will, too…

Summer/beach reads:
  • To Kill a Mockingbird + Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  • South of Broad + Beach Music by Pat Conroy
  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • any books by Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies, The Husband’s Secret, What Alice Forgot)
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen
Favorite Christian reads:
  • Bread & Wine + Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist
  • Love Does by Bob Goff
  • Mere Christianity by CS Lewis
  • Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
  • The Reason for God by Tim Keller
  • The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst
  • Make it Happen by Lara Casey

I’d love to hear: what are your favorite books to read at the beach or during summer vacation? I’m always looking for new recommendations, and please do share!

Harper Lee’s New Book

I am SO excited to hear that Harper Lee, the author of the beloved classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, is releasing another book on July 14th of this year. Happy dance!! Harper Lee is notorious for her incredibly private life, and she never published another book after To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960. She is a phenomenal writer, and I’ve spent a long time thinking about how much I would enjoy and devour another Harper Lee book. So I’m especially thrilled that “Go Set a Watchman” is coming out! This novel, which follows Scout as an adult woman, was actually written before Harper Lee wrote To Kill a Mockingbird, but her publisher advised her to publish To Kill a Mockingbird first. Harper Lee thought that this manuscript had been missing for the last fifty-five years, but a friend found it just last year. And now the much-awaited Go Set a Watchman will release on July 14th!

I’ve even listed To Kill a Mockingbird as one of my top books of all time and wrote more about Harper Lee!

Pre-orders are open!

Who else is eagerly anticipating this new book?! Scout is an all-time favorite literary character of mine, and I am so, so eager to read about her as an adult!