Can barely find my nightstand for the stack of books lying there awaiting cracked spines and sand between pages. The following are listed in no particular order. I also am not endorsing any of them really, except numbers 5, 8 and 10, so if you begin reading one and find shocking accounts of terrible acts and are horrified, you can bet I’ll be too. Oh, and I’ve made it so easy for you to order any of these books. Just click on the carousel above and you’ll get right to Amazon. Ok, on to the books. Here are the top ten I’m looking forward to visiting:
1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo~Stieg Larsson
Have resisted this book for a year or more, but just today found out it’s a trilogy and am somewhat enamored of trilogies these days (see #2 and 4). Shall give the first a try and see if it’s worth ordering second and third.
2. Mocking Jay~Suzanne Collins
Not on my nightstand yet, but will be as soon as the book is released on August 24th. Book three of The Hunger Games series promises to be as captivating as the first two. They are geared for young adults, but I double dog dare any adult to begin the first and put it down.
3. My Name is Mary Sutter~Robin Oliveira
Historial fiction (be still my heart) about a woman doctor during the Civil War. Why do they call it that? Remind me to post about misnomers later.
4. My Name is Memory~Ann Brashares
From the author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (which I have no interest in reading, so convince me otherwise) comes a new work of fiction that has been described as a cross between The Time Travelers Wife and Twilight. Oh, and it’s the first in a trilogy. Yup.
5. The Vision and The Vow~Pete Greig
I’ve read, devoured, this short book before and plan on doing it again. And it’s more than just feeling the need to have something of real substance on my reading list. It’s the desire to remind myself what being a follower of Jesus is all about and this book’ll do that. I promise.
6. The Passage~Justin Cronin
It’s another vampire book (sigh), but it’s all over the place and I’d rather just read it and find out what all the hullabaloo is about than wonder the whole summer.
The Gathering~Anne Enright
Misty of Chincoteague Island-Marguerite Henry
Started reading this with the boys this evening and while Peter only hung on through chapter three to find out who “the phantom” was, Grant was enamored, so we’re forging on because it’s a classic and a Newberry Honor book and I’ve never read it.
8. Bird by Bird~Anne Lamott
Loaned to me by a friend (you know who you are), and written by a favorite author of mine, Anne Lamott writes about writing. Riveting.
9. Mr. Tuckett~Gary Paulsen
Am planning to read this with Grant this summer just as soon as I figure out how to painlessly staple my eyelids to my brows so I can stay awake long enough to involve him in the plot. Trouble is everyone is going to bed too late and mama is exhausted. As I write the boys are screwing around upstairs and I’m ready to turn in, so those scheduling difficulties need to be ironed out before I launch my summer reading project. If I accomplish nothing else this summer, it will be to teach that kid to love reading.
10. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years~Donald Miller
Because this guy writes the way I think. And he loves Jesus. And he’s real. Sometimes too real. And because I’ve read Blue Like Jazz and it’s worth your time. Oh, and because my dad loaned me his copy and so I have no excuse. Not only is he super funny, but he serves on Obama’s task force on Fatherhood and Healthy Families and healthier families is something I’ll support any day.