I read a bunch last summer (here’s that list), and the summer before (see them here) and plan to do the same this year. I am a sporadic reader – sometimes going months without having a good book on my nightstand or ipad, and then I have this hunger and I can’t stop. The slowed-down pace of summer helps, for sure, and today marks our official first day (woohoo!!). So to celebrate, I’ve compiled a list of books I’m reading and ones I hope to read this summer.
the locust effect // written by the founder of IJM (who I’ll be traveling with to Rwanda in just a few weeks), this book is opening my eyes in a new and uncomfortable way.
While the world has made encouraging strides in the fight against global poverty, there is a hidden crisis silently undermining our best efforts to help the poor. It is a plague of everyday violence. Beneath the surface of the world’s poorest communities, common violence — like rape, forced labor, illegal detention, land theft, police abuse and other brutality — has become routine and relentless. And like a horde of locusts devouring everything in their path, the unchecked plague of violence ruins lives, blocks the road out of poverty, and undercuts development. The Locust Effect is a wake-up call: Its massive implications will forever change the way we understand global poverty – and will help secure a safe path to prosperity for the global poor in the 21st century.
pretty // a brand new e-book by a blog-friend that pretty much reads like the inside of my heart.
In Pretty, Tammy Strait encourages readers to look beyond the superficialities we use to protect ourselves or to impress others. By Looking Back, Looking In, Looking Out, Looking Forward, and Looking Up, Tammy teaches readers to examine the illusions they are living under that prevent them from authentic connection with those around us. She guides us to a deeper relationship with ourselves, with those around us, and with God. A more abundant life awaits when we rest in the unconditional love of the Creator.
left to tell // another book I read in preparation for my visit to Rwanda … the horror of the genocide plus the resolve of the survivors is heartbreaking and remarkable all at once.
the secret keeper // I started this one last weekend and became mom-of-the-year on Saturday when I layed on the couch all day long and read. I’m close to the end and love it.
During a picnic at her family’s farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson witnesses a shocking crime, a crime that challenges everything she knows about her adored mother, Dorothy. Now, fifty years later, Laurel and her sisters are meeting at the farm to celebrate Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this is her last chance to discover the truth about that long-ago day, Laurel searches for answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past. Clue by clue, she traces a secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds thrown together in war-torn London””Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy””whose lives are forever after entwined. A gripping story of deception and passion, The Secret Keeper will keep you enthralled to the last page.
the invention of wings // I’ve heard that if you loved secret life of bees and the kitchen house you’ll love this new one. Well, I did love Bees and the kitchen house is one of my all time faves, so I’m excited to begin.
Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.
eleanor & park // this one just sounds fun. Plus, I like the cover.
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits””smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love””and just how hard it pulled you under.
all the light we cannot see // Historical fiction + stories with characters whose paths collide are always what I’m drawn to. This one sounds amazing.
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.
the guernsey literary and potato peel pie society // Another one of those characters-crossing-paths stories, that has super high reviews. Looking forward to this book as well.
“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb…
(all book descriptions are from amazon)
So that is what’s on my summer reading list. Have you read any of them? Or do you have any other suggestions? I’d love to hear …