Midweek Morsel: Summer Want-to-Read List


Any season is good for reading, but summer conjures up images of indulging in a good book while lying in a hammock or relaxing out on the patio. And doesn’t everyone pack a good book or two when heading out on vacation?

I’m hoping to get my hands on copy of Carla Stewart’s new release Sweet Dreams as well as Jody Hedlund’s last two novels, Unending Devotion and A Noble Groom. And since the movie released, I’ve also been thinking of rereading The Great Gatsby. I haven’t read it since high school or college days, and I’m sure I’d appreciate the writing much more now.

To be honest, though, I may end up reading a few of the numerous books I already have on hand. Not only do I have a long list of Kindle titles to choose from, I also have a few hard copies of books just waiting to be read. (By the way, as nice as it is to have a Kindle, I still prefer to hold a real book in my hands.)

So how about you? What’s on your want-to-read list this summer? Let’s remember to keep the Bible at the top of the list daily. No other book ever published is as important and life-changing as the Word of God. And I want to be nourished by it—no matter the season!

“When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty.” Jeremiah 15:16

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  1. Nanette Kern says

    I have a pile of books to read this summer besides my Bible reading times. Here is my list : The Chance by Karen Kingsbury,When God Winks at You, Forgiven at amish story, a couple of bible studies : What Happens When Women Say Yes to God and If God is in Control – Why am I a Basketcase?

  2. Thanks for sharing, Nanette. Always love hearing what others are reading — and getting a few ideas for myself in the process! :)

  3. Debbie Henry says

    After watching the movie Walk the Line recently I got Man in Black, Johnny Cash’s autobiography which i’ve wanted to read for sometime. Right now I’m reading Lincoln which is a huge book! This doesn’t include what I have on my Kindle which I read at night. :)

    • Debbie, I want to read more biographies/autobiographies/memoirs this year. Who is the author of the Lincoln book?

      • Debbie Henry says

        Actually it is called Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I believe it is the book the movie Lincoln was based on. Keith had read it quite some time before the movie came out. I really enjoy reading biographies/autobiographies/memoirs.

  4. I plan on reading more Sarah Sundin books, and I may re-read the Mitford Series this summer.

    • Kristin, I loved the Mitford series, and come to think of it, I think you recommended it to me at the time. I’ll be reading more of Sarah Sundin at some point, too.

  5. Here are the three on top of my stack: America The Beautiful by Ben Carson, the Land Was Everything by Victor Davis Hanson, and The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald. Just finished Overdressed by Elizabeth Cline, The Plague and I by Betty MacDonald, God Inside the Fire by Greg Stelley, and A Train Called Forgiveness by Dan Erickson.

    Phew, maybe it is time for some fiction. I have the last Maeve Binchy, but am hoarding it because she died in the spring and I can’t bear the idea that this is her final novel.

    GREAT looking site, Cheryl!

  6. Cheryl – I love your new site. It really is easy to read and I love your layout.

    My summer reading list includes City of Hope by Kate Kerrigan, which has an Irish American theme, and Maeve Binchy’s last book is also on my list. Finding time to read with my kids home from school is my biggest challenge. Mine may end up being a Fall reading list. Best wishes for every success with your writing and new website,


    • Mairead, so glad you like my new site! So interesting that you and Jana both have Maeve Binchy’s last book on your list. You’ve just reinforced my decision to read one of her books. Enjoy the summer with your kids!

    • Mairead, do you think Cheryl should start with “Light a Penny Candle”? Or “Firefly Summer”? Some of Maeve’s later books have repeating characters, so I’m inclined to suggest her earlier work. (Cheryl, you listening?) 8-)

      • You bet I’m listening! :) So glad you mentioned this. I was at the library today and picked up a Maeve Binchy book that I spotted on their “new to the library” shelf. I didn’t even have time to look at any others. The one I got is A Week in Winter. Would that be a good stand-alone or should I start with one of the ones you suggest? I don’t mind returning it because I haven’t started it yet and in fact am reading something else right now.

        • A Week in Winter is the book I am saving, her last novel. I just read the review, and I think it will give you an idea of her writing,, characterizations, type of story. Doesn’t matter, Cheryl, because you might end up wanting to read them all anyway! I’ve been a fan for 20+ years and she is the only fiction writer whose books I buy.

          • Thanks for the info, Jana. Hmmm, I’ll have think about whether or not I want to read her last novel first. I’m intrigued now so will definitely be reading this one or another by her sometime soon. Thanks for pointing me in her direction.

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