Let’s compare summer reading lists

I used to be one of those people who only read one book at a time. Every book was a mini project, completed with intensity, focus, and dedication to getting every last drop of goodness out of it. And it worked great! I’d regularly read 20+ books a year; in 2011, I finished a personal-record-setting 100 books. I’d laugh at others (*cough*mymom*cough*) who had two or three on the go, citing the futility of muddling up storylines and/or facts by dividing your attention.

But, uh….

This is my current bookload (like a caseload but with slightly less murder).

It makes absolutely zero sense, but after having a baby, I’ve discovered that the multi-book method is the only way I get my reading in. The habit snuck up on me. It started with reading in the bathroom (don’t judge me), then I started reading novels to Mackenzie at night, then I had stuff to read for class, and before I knew it, I had partially-read books all over the house.

Since I’ve got all these books on the go, I thought it’d be fun to compare our summer reading. Here’s mine–tell me about yours in the comments!


Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey: I started reading this for a small business class that got a bit sidetracked and only met twice. It’s a bit too much for a lil’ solopreneur writer like myself, and I’m really only finishing it because I started it, but the principles are sound and Ramsey doesn’t take himself too seriously.

The Annotated Hobbit by JRR Tolkien and Douglas A. Anderson : Of course I’ve read The Hobbit a bazillion times, but this time I’m reading it to Mackenzie before bed. It’s fun to read it aloud even if she doesn’t fully understand. Doing the troll voices was a hoot.


The City Stained Red by Sam Sykes: I’ve stalked followed Sam on Twitter for years because he’s funny and smart (also Wol Wednesday) but never picked up his books because I thought I was done with epic fantasy–until I read this line: “[I killed a goat.] A regular goat, mind, not a poisonous magic goat or anything. But he was kind of an asshole.” This is gonna be good.

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp: This is the most-recommended faith-based parenting book I’ve come across, and now that Mack is getting to the age where she has opinions about things, I’ll take all the help I can get.

The Shack by William P. Young: I admit I rolled my eyes for years when people talked about this book, even after becoming Christian, and then rolled them harder when the movie came out and everyone was gushing over it. And then I saw the movie. Holy. Freaking. Dang. Y’all. I won’t get into it, but it deserves the gushing. So of course I need to read the book.


What are you reading this summer? Any recommendations? Have you read anything on my stack (and what did you think)? 



  1. Currently reading: American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Huge fan of his, still need to finish Sandman, though. Really enjoying it so far, about 1/4 of the way through.

    Going to Read: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Never read it, figured it was time to check it out.
    The Wish by Sarah Tilley. This is an unpublished work by a friend of mine (Sam knows her, too, actually). Excited to check it out.
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Got this book a long time ago and have been meaning to read it.
    On Writing by Steven King. This is pretty self-explanatory.
    And about a dozen other things that I want to read but probably won’t have time to 🙂

    1. This might be a first: I’ve either read or want to read everything on your list (excepting your friend’s unpublished work, of course–though I’m always curious what indie authors are doing)!

      I’m curious to hear what you think about American Gods and Gatsby. I feel like both need to be read multiple times (which I haven’t done) to get everything out of them.

      I also need to finish Sandman. I have all of it (thanks, Dad!), but I accidentally got spoilered on the ending, so I stopped after volume four of five….

      1. So far American Gods is really good, if slow to get going. Shadow’s dead wife is my favorite character so far. Murderous icy minx!
        Sorry Sandman got spoiled for you, that sucks. It bummed you out that much, huh? I still have a bunch to go.

  2. Currently reading/listening to

    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
    Rising Strong by Brene Brown
    White Hot Truth by Danielle LaPorte
    A biography of Victor Anderson
    and First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

    and I just finished The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden which I loved

    1. That sounds like a super-inspiring bunch of books! Also, it warms my heart to see you reading a Darynda Jones title–my Darynda is named after her! :3

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