Summertime, Summertime! I love summer and all that it brings, including more slow time for reading. Reading in June, 2016 has been more fun than I remember having in quite a while. So much fun that I’ve stopped to consider why. Well starting summer off with a complete vacation must have something to do with the enjoyment. The Sunday after middle and high school finals were completed, we took off for a family vacation to the Florida Keys. No computers accompanied us, just an ipad and some personal devices. Very little social media, no blogging or email or phone calls! I only popped onto facebook and instagram a couple of times because I wanted to “check in” to help me remember a couple of places. Traveling with 7 people, Builder and me, 4 of our daughters and our grand-daughter was an adventure and I knew that some details would get away from me. So, other than those few check ins I was screen free and I can’t begin to tell you what that did for me. Reading became more fun, shoot, life became more fun!
So what have I read in June?
By my ears:
Never Broken by Jewel. When my oldest two daughters were teens we listened to music by Jewel, but as they grew and 3 more babies were born I kind of forgot her music. Never Broken was recommended to me and I found the book to be the perfect balance of thought provoking and hopefilled material. It is so good to hear other people’s stories, to be reminded that we are not alone in our particular struggles, discoveries and proofs of humanness. The strong current of profanity in the book surprised me, but it was in line with the stories of the her life.
Life in the Spirit by Jeff Anderson. Okay, so Jeff Anderson is the pastor of our church and we sit under his teaching on a regular basis. But to have this book as a guide to linger in Romans 8 has given me a rich time of deepening my walk with the Lord. Geographical distance has taken it’s toll in my marriage in the past year, and in the relationships throughout our family. I am pretty sure that distance has also seeped into my relationship with Jesus. Reading this book during my quiet time over the past month has strengthen and refreshed me. I let myself take plenty of time reading through Life in the Spirit, reading Scriptural text from my Bible.
Still Life by Louise Penny – I picked this book up at a bookstore during a short trip back home in the spring. Anne Bogel has mentioned the Inspector Gamache novels in her What Should I Read Next podcasts, so when bookstore clerk in Kansas encouraged me to read it, I picked it up. It took me a while to get into it, but I found some time this month to read finish reading it.
Summer at Little Beach Street BAKERY by Jenny Colgan – In the spring I read The Beach Street Bakery and really enjoyed the story of young woman sorting out life and finding a new direction after a failed relationship and career. Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery picks up and finds Polly enjoying the entrepreneurial business of running a bakery, and setting up home in a lighthouse. The books are set on an island off of Cornwall England so there’s the lovely salt life addition to the story.
So those are the books I finished in June. What are you reading these days?