As Emily mentioned on Monday, we’re doing our summer reading lists this week. Mine is always a little tricky, because, like Emily, we spend the summer traveling. So not only do I have to choose wisely because car space is limited, but I have to try to judge what I’m really going to enjoy, and how much I’m going to get through in the summer. Up to this point, I haven’t gotten those two factors exactly honed, and end up either running out before summer’s over, or buying books on amazon to bring home (which my husband hates!). So, this year, the pile looks like this:
For myself, I’ll be tackling Female Piety by John Angell James, Overcoming Sin and Temptation by John Owen (I know, two really heavy books), Truman by David McCullough, and Hannah Fowler by Janice Holt Giles. I’m hoping that this is the right mix for me for the summer. If not, I’ve got a few options on my kindle: James Fenimore Cooper, Chesterton’s Father Brown, and Louisa May Alcott.
For the kids, we’ll be reading through a few things. In the morning, at breakfast, we’ll be slowly going through The Story of Britain. I haven’t looked at this book much, but the chapters are short and easily read during breakfast, and the illustrations are beautiful. I’m always a sucker for pictures. We’ll be continuing our reading of the Ralph Moody books with The Fields of Home. We love this series so much, I can’t recommend it highly enough. My son will be busy this summer with old friends, so the girls and I will be reading some by ourselves, including Little Women and finishing up the All-Of-A-Kind-Family series, which we love. And, last but not least, our memory work for the summer will be tackling the first part of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, so I’ve brought along the Puritan Paperbacks explanation. I doubt I’ll be reading this to the kids–probably just reading it to myself to understand the questions and answers better.
I’d love to hear what’s at the top of your reading list for the summer!
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