Summer is my favorite time of year. Swimming, grilling, sun tans, and ice cream–does it get any better!? Also, in spite of being done with college for over 10 years, I still operate on the school schedule and associate summer with reading books of my choice. (Of course, I read books of my choice year around now, but whatever!). Here’s what I have planned for Summer 2013!
1. The Pursuit of God – this book is a re-read for me. It always ministers to my soul. Plus, the chapters are short so I can squeeze one in at breakfast, even when the kids are at their most demanding.
2. Parenting by the Book – I enjoy reading parenting books. I read widely and can almost always glean something good. John Rosemond’s books fall into the catagory of gulping rather than gleaning. My dad gave me A Family of Value several years ago and it quickly became one of my favorite parenting books of all time. I borrowed The Well-Behaved Child: Discipline That Really Works this Spring and found it very applicable. I can’t wait to see what this one holds!
3. 7 Myths of Working Mothers – I discovered Suzanne Venker last year, became an instant fan and promptly ordered her book!
4. The Creative Family and Handmade Home – A friend loaned me both of these books in February. I’m holding them hostage as I slowly soak up Amanda Blake Soule’s wonderful ideas on how to have an inspired, imaginative home where my children and I create side-by-side.
5. Design*Sponge at Home – I know, I know, this is a coffee table book not a novel to be read cover-to-cover. But again, this book is a borrow and I have to give it back so I’m going through it systematically.
6. Gone Girl – my book club is reading this novel. It’s our “cream-puff treat” between Les Mes and Crime and Punishment. For the record, I did not read Les Mes but I love thick Russian novels so bring on the Dostoyevsky!
7. For the Children’s Sake – if you’re never read Susan Schaeffer Macaulay’s exploration of what education means for the Christian, read it NOW! I was so inspired by the book when I first read it that I vowed to read it periodically. With my first year of home education starting in September, this is the summer.