Summer Reading, by Katherine Reay

Summer Reading, by Katherine Reay

We read all year and yet the books we select each summer have something special about them… We plan the season – at least I do – with a little more intentionality. And I think I’m not the only one. I have had such fun this past month online looking at Summer Reading Lists, What to Read this Summer, What to Take to the Beach – wonderful lists that bring new books to mind and confirm that we take a mental step back, even if our days are just as packed.

This summer, I am mixing fiction, non-fiction, classics and theology and hoping to come out the other end having stretched in some way.

The Light Princess – George MacDonald was a favorite of C.S. Lewis. And Lewis is a favorite of mine, so I’m reading a couple MacDonalds this summer to get a feel for what he brought to Lewis’s thinking and writing.

Where Hope Begins – Cathy West’s writing is insightful and poignant and I can’t wait to read her latest offering.

On Writing – Stephen King’s novels are terrifying, but his book on writing is proving to be a must-read. I expected nothing less than brilliance and it delivers.

The Disease Delusion – My daughter and I suffer from auto-immunes and I am trying to get a better handle on the causes and what we can do to feel better, for life.

Confessions – For years, I have heard that I must read this. And so I begin… If I get through this one alone, I’ll consider Summer Reading a success!

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI – I had no idea this happened in American history. I am only pages in and completely fascinated. Great writing.

Dear Fahrenheit 451 – Doesn’t it look delightful? And letters to favorite books? Yes, please!

There is my list. What are you reading this summer?

Thanks for stopping by today and sharing your thoughts!



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15 Responses to Summer Reading, by Katherine Reay

  1. I’m very impressed by your summer reading list, Katherine. I’ve had my eye on Steven King’s book on writing for some time, as well as other books on writing. Have you read E.M. Forster’s book on writing? If you have, I’d bee interested in hearing what you thought of it.

    I don’t have a specific ‘Summer’ TBR, but I started getting wind of the whole TBR challenge idea sometime last year. I know, what rock did I crawl from under? Anyway, I was so overwhelmed by what I had in my Kindle library still to be read, and books I just wanted to reread, that the idea of a TBR challenge was something I wanted to try. So I’ve been slowly working my way through that. My list does include some non-fiction, history, etc., but what I feel like reading vastly depends on my mood.

    Been a rough Spring/early Summer ’18 here, and so I too am using my reading as escape. My heart goes out to you and your daughter, way too many people in my life are going through health issues such as this. It’s tough to get through, tough to see others you love deal with them.

    My print copies are all packed up too, but thank goodness not because of a hurricane, only because of a major move. I really enjoyed your post, Katherine.

    • Thank you so much, Michelle. I hear ‘ya about too many books, too little time and the need for escape. I’m sorry you’ve had a rough spring and summer. I hope your fall will be better.

  2. Your reading list is a great mix of fiction and non-fiction, and there are a couple I’d like to read, too. I don’t have a summer reading list, but I definitely have a To-Be-Read pile that I reorder, based on my reading mood at the time. Currently I’m reading a biography of Beau Brummel, then I get to read All the Light We Cannot See, which finally made it to the top of my TBR pile! Enjoy your summer reading!

  3. I’ve never made a Summer reading list. All my books are still in tubs in the garage thanks to having evacuate from Hurricane Harvey last August. I’ve been making the most out of my local library. I use my Goodreads list to read through my TBR.

  4. Looks like a great list, Katherine! Stephen King’s book on writing is definitely worth reading but I think I took more away about his crazy life than about writing (so maybe I should read the writing parts again?). I don’t have a reading list. Just a kindle full of books and samples I’m always trying to organize so I can make the best of the little reading time I have… You can see the trouble there! I long for the day when we have book shelves again. Reading books when my actual books are out is so much easier for me 🙂

  5. I read a lot of recency romance and variations .On Jane Austen books! They are so much fun to read and it’s nice to escape our world for a while!

  6. What a delightful list of titles in that grouping of books. Looks like you have a great reading time set aside for yourself. I like to mix up my genres… Historical and Regency Romance, JAFF for sure and Austen herself of course. Every year I try to read Austen’s classics… usually, by this time I would have already read Pride & Prejudice followed by or in tandem with Jeffers’ Darcy’s Passions and Darcy’s Temptations. However, in one month we lost three different family members and are still under the shadow of grief. When I pick up a book… for a few minutes… I am taken somewhere else. Thank you for this delightful post. Blessings on the rest of your summer.

    • I am so sorry for your loss. When I was severely injured — and losing family members is a severe injury — I too found solace in those few minutes of reading — and I found Jane Austen best at first. She was a friend, familiar and loved, and I was in too much paint to “meet new people.” Blessings to you.

    • J.W., I’m so very sorry for your recent loss. Three family members, dear Heaven. I’m saying a prayer for you and yours. God Bless.

  7. Although I typically have a summer reading list, this summer has been too busy to read much. I look forward to the Fall when hopefully I might have more time.

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