With summer just around the corner, there is nothing like the present to choose my books for summer reading. Even though I am no longer in school, I still enjoy putting together a small stack of books which I am determined to read during those hot days. While searching through my stacks of books, I discovered a few titles I hadn't read yet. Why? Well, it was because I bought them with the intent of reading them as soon as I bought them. Now any of you who are avid readers understands this completely. Buy the book, think about reading it, then toss it onto the ever-growing pile of gratifying reads.
Now as summer draws ever near, I realized I must begin to read some of those books, non-fiction and fiction alike. So join me, friends, as I show you my small list of reads--a mix of classics, historically true novels, non-fiction, and theology. This list is just a start of what I actually hope to read this summer!
1. Own Your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley
Many of you will recognize her name and face from Instagram, but did you know she wrote a book?!?! Jordan not only writes about her background and how she got to where she is today, but also shares adn encourages the reader to become who you were meant to be. Want to learn more abou ther before buying her book? Check out her Instagram account here!
2. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer
This book is part-history, part-novel and super exciting--I was hooked within the first chapter! While the name might throw some people off, it's something worth picking up. As a history major in college, I wasn't always fond of the historical books I had to read, but overall I enjoyed the ones who portrayed history in a way that made it exciting. This story is about a young archvist in the Sahara who works to save (and smuggle) ancient manuscripts as Al Qaeda closes in. If this doesn't excite, you, then move on to the next book! If it does, then check it out either at your local bookstore or on Amazon.
3. From Humdrum to Holy by Father Ed Broom
As you can see from the cover, this book is "A Step-by-Step Guide to Living Like a Saint." As someone who struggles at times with questions or complaints like "why do I HAVE to go to Mass on Sundays" or "how can I actually get close to God," this book helps guide you towards those answers. While I know I am nowhere close enough to being a Saint, this book encourages and shows how to look upwards in life while looking outwards towards living life. Check it out at your local Catholic bookstore or on Amazon.
4. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
This book is a classic. While that might be anough to get someone to read it, others might need more convincing. Okay, so this story is about a girl who likes a guy, but her chaperone disapproves. Lots of other things take place, but this classic is one that everyone should read at least once in their life. You can find this at you rlocal bookstore, library, or on Amazon.
What's your favorite go-to summer read? Comment below!!