A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
A classic account of the final hours of the Titanic
The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan
Promises to teach me everything I need to know to produce all the food I need on 1/4 an acre
BonHoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
This book has intimidated me for months. It’s my Everest. Let’s roll.
Save Me by Lisa Scottoline
Fluff, but looks interesting
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
Three sisters converge on their parents to find their lives are much different than they thought. Duh, but looks intriguing.
Kisses for Katie by Katie Davis
This book will wreck me, I know. About a young woman in Africa who is following Father’s call to be home to orphans.
Seven: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker
A challenge to pinpoint seven areas of excess in your life and take seven months scaling back. Where was this book in January when I actually only had seven articles of clothing that fit?
The Living Great Lakes by Jerry Dennis
Not sure about this one, but Dan read it and said it was good. A history of the Great Lakes. I’m sort of bored just looking at it, but it seems sort of ecologically irresponsible to live here and know nothing about them.
In the Garden of Beasts by Eric Larson
Actually just read this last week and then promptly ordered a copy for keeps and gave it to Dan for Father’s Day. Such a fascinating account of the American Ambassador to Germany during the rise of Hitler.
Big Truths for Little Hearts by Bruce A. Ware
So, I was going to read a chapter of this each morning to the kids while they sat quietly eating their nutritious breakfast and soaking in the wisdom. End of week two and I haven’t cracked the spine. Week three looks promising.
The Magic Room by Jeffrey Zaslow
Our book club’s summer read about a famous bridal shop in Fowler Michigan.
The World Is My Home by James A Michener
One of my favorite authors, this is his account of how he writes. Borrowed it from my dad, who introduced me to Michener in college, causing me to fall promptly in love.
Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff
Bought this for Dan for Father’s day, but in the absence of anything else on my nightstand, reached over and cracked the spine (how satisfying is that?) and am into it. He can have it when I’m done.
Not pictured, but on my Amazon wish list, waiting for me to engage one click shopping:
Finding Ultra by Rich Roll
The story of an unhealthy, obese man who turned Vegan and went on to place sixth in an invitation only Ultra Marathon two years later. Vegan intrigues me. Doing an ultra marathon while Vegan stuns me.
May the Road Rise Up to Meet You by Peter Troy
The description lauds it as a moving and breathtaking tale of nineteenth century America that follows several people as they immigrate and leave their mark on the west. They had me at nineteenth century America.
Enslaved by Ducks by Bob Tarte
My local yokel read, this Michigander’s funny account of living in the country and trying to accommodate his wife’s desire to own animals.
Not to be neglected are the selections I’ve set aside for read alouds, now that we’ve nearly finished Sounder, a book so depressing I have to take a Valium before settling in to read it.
Poppy by Avi
The story of a little mouse who takes on a great horned owl as her adversary.
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
Elijah is the first child to be born free in the town of Buxton, home to runaway slaves and an unlikely hero when money turns up missing and he sets out to bring justice to his town.
Naya Nuki: Girl who Ran by Kenneth Thomasma
Not sure how many times I read this book when I was a kid, but it was a lot. It’s time to pass the torch.
Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Just because we’ve never read it.
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
Can’t get anyone to show any interest in this book. Cretins. May have to just read it myself.
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
A summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits and a very interesting boy. Have owned this for two summers, but am committing to it this year. Giddyup.
Everyone has their own bin. It holds their books, summer bridge workbooks, pencils and the bookmarks we’re using to record how many books they’ve read (one bead per book). The little jars are for their TechTokens. They earn one for every page in their workbooks completed and for every 1/2 hour of reading. TechTokens are worth 15 minutes of iPad or iPod time. Not a flawless system for sure, but so far so good.
this is me being real. And hoping if you have a must-read, that you’ll pass it along in the comments section so we can all enjoy it. Happy reading, friends.