Summer Reads: Three Categories

Reading on vacation

Reading on vacation in Maine

Wow, that went fast, right? Like many of you, I enjoyed a pile of books this summer and while I continue to pick up one after another, there is something about those summer titles that stand out.

As usual, I am reading a few books at once in different genres and depending on my mood. Do you do that too? I often rely on alliteration for framing so my book choices usually fall into the three categories: Happy (novels, biographies), How-To (non-fiction, health, lifestyle, etc.) and Holy (spiritual, inspiring.)

Here is my best-of summer list. Just like I am so curious about what you’re reading, you might be about me too!


A Star for Mrs Blake: April Smith. ( Set in  post WW 1, the story of a group of women invited to France by the US government in 1929 to view their fallen son’s graves.

The Avaitor’s Wife: Melanie Benjamin. ( Fed my long fascination with Charles and Anne Lindbergh’s story. Finished it in a few days as it was so good.

Goodnight June: Sarah Jio. ( A delightful page –turner about how Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise might have come to be.


Signed, Sealed and Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of letter Writing: Nina Sankovitch.( I heard Nina at the Evanston Library in the spring and saved her wonderful book to read in the summer. I love real letters and her book totally satisfied me and sent me right to the stationery store!


Hope for an Aching Heart: Margaret Nyman. ( Each morning I read the next short reading in this moving account of how Margaret moved through the death of her husband with God’s sustaining presence. Anyone who has experienced major loss of any sort would benefit from this book.

Your turn…what did you read?

Hope for the Best,



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