School’s out! Summer is officially here! And there are so many great books out there…Where should you start? We have a couple of recommendations for you today. 🙂

Roseanna’s Reads

With the Kids

Half Magic by Edward Eager

We all dream of finding a magic charm to bring adventure into our lives when we’re kids right? Well it happens one summer to four siblings…but not exactly as they would have hoped. Their charm only grants a wish halfway…which leads to very complete fun in this story. It was another reread, but I enjoyed it just as much the second time through! And it was the last book I’ll ever have to read to my son for school, so bittersweet…

On Audio

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
We’ve had this book since it came out, but I’d yet to snatch it from my daughter’s shelves, so when I saw it was available in Overdrive, I thought, “Eh, why not?” And oh my gracious! I adored the Hunger Games books so figured this would be good, but it went beyond good. Collins does a remarkable job at that very hardest of characterizations–she made me both root for the kid I knew would grow into a villain (President Snow), want him to win, and yet also see exactly what would make him a villain. Brilliantly done!!

For the Edit

Home Sweet Tiny Home by Melody Carlson
Most of what we publish of Melody’s is historical, but she wanted to squeeze a contemporary in this summer, and it was a real treat for me to read! In the style of her wildly popular Happy Camper, this is story about downsizing and second chances that will appeal to anyone who ever looks around and thinks, “Where did all this stuff come from??” I loved the glimpse into the ingenuity of tiny homes…but mostly I loved how the main character embarked on a fresh start and a big adventure.

Real Life Research

Think Like a Pancreas by Gary Scheiner
Yeah, so…this probably won’t make it onto any of your reading stacks, unless you are or live with a diabetic, LOL. But I’d been hearing great things about this book so figured it was time I give it a read. It’s all about truly understanding diabetes and how to live with and manage it with insulin, so I honestly was expecting it to be educational but boring–on the contrary! Scheiner is hilarious, and I’ve been loving his voice and sense of humor as I read. Plus, I’m learning a ton. I still have a few chapters to go, but I’m really loving this book!

For With the Kids

In Search of the Source by Neil Anderson and Hyatt Moore

Our second-to-last book of the school year was a non-fiction about a missionary and his family, and an amazing book for a word-nerd! All about the miracles of translating the Bible into an obscure New Guinean dialect and how God had prepared this remote tribe to receive it…amazing stuff!

On Audio

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

I’ve never read anything by John Green, but this was another one I saw was available in Overdrive, so I grabbed it just to give it a try…and I ended up listening to the whole thing in about 24 hours. This book did something I’d never personally read before and showed us the very broken mind of someone with mental illness in a way that was approaching, captivating, heartbreaking, and also victorious. I was riveted, thoroughly engrossed in the world of this teen girl, and love the story Green chose to tell. There’s some language (this isn’t a Christian book, after all), but I deem this one definitely worth it!


For the Edit

Hearing Lies by Olivia Smit

Olivia’s sophomore novel takes us back to Golden Sound and into the world of Skylar Brady, a teenager who lost her hearing in a car accident the year before. This time we also get her brother’s perspective as they work not only to save the town library…but to undo past mistakes and try to find healing for the places still broken inside. A really great read!


Rachel’s Reads

The start of summer vacation has thrown our whole house into chaos! Ok, that isn’t entirely true. But I DO need to get our summer schedule organized. The boys are loving the longer days and playing in the pool. We’re supposed to be hitting 109°F by Tuesday…That is quite warm for us. Especially this early in the season. I anticipate a lot of quiet reading time in front of the A/C!

The Husband's Read

The Druid of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara #2) by Terry Brooks

I got lucky y’all…The husband reads…A LOT. We spend most of our evenings quietly reading. His current read is part of the Shannara saga by Terry Brooks. Magic, dwarves, gnomes, and adventure can be found in this epic fantasy. *This is a general market book.

For Fun

Fable by Adrienne Young

Oh this book! I had been looking forward to this read for months. (And the husband surprised me with Namesake this week! Eeep) It was the perfect quick and easy read. Fantasy with a slow burn romance (there is brief mature content), adventure, peril, and a pretty compelling cliffhanger! *This is a general market book. 

With the Kids

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

This was our last school read this year. I’ve enjoyed the movie, but never realized that the book was so short. Seventy-six pages. I’m looking forward to introducing my kiddos to the movie this week for movie night.

On Audio

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

It had been YEARS since I read Darcy and Elizabeth’s story. I absolutely adore it. The wit. The sweet romance. The wild sisters lol! If you’re a fan of the Colin Firth movie version (the only one worth watching in my opinion) you will be pleased to know that the movie is almost word-for-word from the pages of the book. 🙂 While I did listen to this on audio, I included the cover of one of the editions I own. From the Seasons Editions from Thomas Nelson.

With the Kids

Robert Fulton, Boy Craftsman by Marguerite Henry

One of our final reads for the school year. It was very interesting to learn about the early life and inventions of Robert Fulton. My son was truly invested in this story.

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