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Summer Reading

Books!  Are you guys kindle readers, or do you still like turning pages in an actual book?  I do both, but if I had to choose I would probably pick a real book most of the time.  You can learn a lot about a person by looking at the titles on their bookshelves.  If you were to come to my house today and go through my books, you would find the majority to be self-help Christian living books (because let’s get real, I need those the most) :), with historical fiction, mysteries, classics (with vintage bindings), floral design, interior design and art/art history mixed in.  I always love looking at a persons book collection and getting ideas on what to read next.  And I’ve been know to judge a book by its cover.  I love pretty covers, so there is a better chance of me reading it if the cover catches my eye.

I read way more in the summer than in the winter, having less of a schedule gives way to some lazy afternoons, salted caramel iced coffee and a good book.

I am in no way a book critic, but these are a few fun reads, as well as non-fictions and devotional books that I have read so far this summer:

The Magnolia Story
Confession:  This is my second time reading this.  It’s so interesting seeing how the Magnolia Market empire got its start.  If you love the show, you will love the book!

All the Pretty Things
A real life story by Edie Wadsworth.  It’s an amazing memoir about a girl who went through a difficult childhood and found what she truly needed in early adulthood.  She’s a beautiful writer and I loved it!

Just 18 Summers
An easy and entertaining read.  I laughed at some of it and got a little sad on other parts.  Made me think about my priorities.  If you have kids you will see why…

This Changes Everything – How the gospel transformed the teen years
A down to earth, practical read.  We have been studying this book with the teens in church youth group, and I myself really enjoyed reading it with my 6th grader this summer.

None Like Him
This book is one that you will want to read in peace and quiet.  I tried on a few occasions reading it with five kids ten and under running around, and ummmm…yea…NO!  LOL  🙂  I couldn’t remember a thing I read.  This is a deep Bible study that the ladies group at church is doing, and its been good to learn in more detail about God’s attributes and characteristics!

Falling Free Rescued from the Life I Always Wanted
Shannon Martin is one of my favorite bloggers.  I’ll admit I have blog stalked her a couple of times!  🙂 She has a way with words that just sucks you in.  She is an amazing writer…funny and real…and I’m so glad she wrote a book!

This book knocked me down inside.  It was everything I think in my head and know to be true in my heart…but (sadly or shamefully) FEAR holds me back from making some radical changes in my life.  It challenged me to get out of my comfort zone and open my home to not just my best friends; but anyone in my church/neighborhood that I can be a good listener for, make muffins or a meal for someone who needs it and ultimately show God’s grace and love to other people, on a daily basis, and not just when it is convenient for me.  It’s waaaaaay hard to do that (just typing it out gives me anxiety), with kids at home, and crazy busy schedules and church responsibilities.  I get bogged down “doing good”  things,  without really doing good at all…but if not now when??  I keep saying, when my house is bigger, or when the kids are older…sigh, I walked away from this book feeling differently about a lot of things.  I didn’t mean to go off on a novel, but really it was that good!  At least for me, and If you read it I think you will love it too! 🙂

Well, there you have it!  6 good book ideas if you are looking for something substantial to read.

Now, go grab some coffee and a book (or your kindle) and find a quiet spot to cozy up with a good read.

And let me know what you are reading this summer!

XOXO,
Jolene

6 Responses to Summer Reading

  1. Kimberlee Vigneault August 3, 2017 at 11:25 pm #

    Thanks for rhis Jolene!!! These all sound really good! I’ve read two of them already The Magnolia Story and None Like Him. I think Falling Free will be next 😊

  2. Anonymous August 4, 2017 at 12:47 am #

    Jolene, I love when you write on your life. It makes me want to get some coffee and call you to chat.(and I don’t even drink coffee) thanks for being real.love you. candy

  3. Vanessa August 4, 2017 at 3:34 am #

    These look great! Can’t wait to get some of them!
    Love your take on them.:)

  4. Jenny August 4, 2017 at 1:53 pm #

    Needed some great recommendations for new books to read! Thank you for your open and honest and reviews 🙂

  5. Jolene K August 5, 2017 at 2:52 am #

    You have me so intrigued about “Falling Free”…I’m excited to check it out! Thanks Jolene!

  6. Kelly August 15, 2017 at 12:02 am #

    I love your book recommendations! The Falling Free book looks like my next book to dive into.

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