Summer Reading List

Monday, July 28, 2014

Even though I have always loved reading.. summer reading lists in school were always procrastinated until the end of the summer. I have always admired people who kept an organized list of what they wanted to read, but have never been able to make a system stick. I love reading and read quickly but a lack of organization has lead to big gaps between books not knowing what should come next. So a week or so my in-laws ordered me two books and then I got a few more the next day. I figure if I physically have another book to start reading I'll keep up my progress. (Maybe explaining this is totally boring.. haha!)

I'm really excited about the books that I've chosen!

The Duck Commander Family I've never seen a single episode of Duck Dynasty.. but this family intrigues me! And this book came highly recommended. I purchased the second book for the same reason. 

The Women of Duck Commander 

Jesus > Religion by Jefferson Bethke I also never saw the video on this topic that went viral a while back. But the idea of reading the book was intriguing to me.

Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford Ben has started reading parenting books, even though we're not in that season of life yet. He reads them and loves them and I decided to jump on the bandwagon and get some information early. 

The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle Before we got married, I read tons of books about marriage and tucked it away for the future... and that's where it's stayed. I decided I really wanted to pick up a few marriage books to really be reminded or what I'm called to live out on a daily basis. 

Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle Ditto Parenting book.

The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller Ditto Marriage book. 

What have you been reading? Have you read any of these books? Any other recommendations to add? :)


  1. Let me know how The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller Ditto Marriage book is! Caleb and I are looking for a good book to read together. Also, my friend knows Melanie Shankle and says that book is enchanting.

  2. You will love Hands Free Mama!! I need to check some of these other books out : )

  3. I'm just finished Antelope in the Living Room and Sparkly Green Earrings and they're both SO good! You're going to love them. Can't wait to try a few of those other ones.

  4. What a great list! I actually really enjoy Duck Dynasty (hilarious and clean and I love the family mission/vision for the show!) so those are on my someday list. My list keeps growing, and I hope to make a pile of my current reading list next to my bed so I know where to go-to. Ive heard great things about both Hands-Free Mama and The Meaning of Marriage, but those are for a far future season for me ;)

    If you are looking for a few more, I would recommend the following: Fifteen Minutes by Karen Kingsbury (a quick fiction read), Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers (similar in feel to Redeeming Love), and The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks (much better than the movie!).

  5. I have begun to listen to Timothy Keller podcasts so I'll bet his books are as good s his talks! I read a really good book called "escape from North Korea" about the struggles of people who live in North Korea and those who try to blessed we are in this country!!

  6. I want to start reading Hands Free Mama!

  7. Such a good list! Can't wait to hear what you think of them!

  8. I just finished "All Joy and No Fun," and would highly recommend it!! We, too, are in the pre-planning stages, but I like easing into the world of parenting, and this one reinforced a lot of my ideas and beliefs.

  9. The meaning of marriage is a good one. I had to read it for my high school senior bible class this past year and even as a teenager I enjoyed it:)

  10. These all sound terrific! What a great idea to start reading parenting books :) I think I need to drive over to Texas so we can watch all the Duck Dynasty seasons. You would love them!!

    I hope you are having a fabulous Wednesday sweet friend!!


  11. I want to read The Meaning of Marriage! I've heard it's a great one. And you should see atleast a few episodes of Duck Dynasty. They are a hilarious family but also very grounded in their faith. And the Jeff Bethke youtube videos are awesome .
    Happy reading!

  12. I am reading "The Meaning of Marriage" now! I love it so far. I have also read "The Antelope in the Living Room". Melanie Shankle is a great author and will keep you laughing!

  13. Those look like some great books! I always tell people to read anything by Khaled Hosseini. A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner are amazing!

    Also--I've nominated you for a Liebster Award! Find out about it here:

  14. I love Duck Dynasty! I have read their books too, they are great! I just got done reading Having a Mary heart in a Martha World, it was super good :). Enjoy reading all your fun books, I have become addicted to reading lately!!


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