Weekend Exhale: Summer Book Reads

On occasion, I recommend books. Obviously, if you don’t share my love of mysteries, poetic prose, or philosophical novels, you may not appreciate these reads like I do, but I’m a rather eclectic reader, so I’d hope there would be something for everyone. On a side note, I never quite grasped the “beach read” concept. I suppose if you actually are at the beach, you don’t want to tackle something weighty, but how much of the summer does one spend in the sand? For me, July is the one month of the year when I have freedom to dive into a book I’d normally be too busy to read. So, a few “heavier” significant reads are listed here. Don’t shy away from them; venture into deeper waters–you won’t regret it.

I just finished reading Charles Martin’s latest novel, Long Way GoneLong Way Gone by [Martin, Charles]
The poignant purpose and reflective undertones of the prodigal restored don’t begin to touch on all the beauty this book is. Carrying dimension, creative plot structure, and empathetic characters, this book refocuses the lens on life’s meaning and the glory behind–or perhaps, beyond–our talents. I highly recommend this book.


A month or so ago, I read The Potluck Club…mostly because I could access the book for free on my Kindle.Product DetailsEven so, I was pleasantly surprised. This read feels like a playful blend of Fannie Flagg meets The Mitford series. Your life won’t alter drastically because you read it, but it’s worth the time and definitely a pleasant “beach read.”



For the more traditional and innocent romantic, An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott is for you. Visions of Little Women will burst through your psyche as you follow the growing-up tale of precious Polly.   (and bonus, it’s free on Kindle).
An Old-Fashioned Girl by [Alcott, Louisa May]



I know I’ve recommended this book before now, but it’s impact merits further mentioning. Product DetailsOur small group just finished discussing this book.  McGee takes a psychological and biblical approach to identifying and unraveling the lies that bind us. Through these 4 main points of warped value, we see God’s counter-attack with the truth of who we are.



Although only a few chapters into this one, I’ve appreciate everything I’ve read by Kevin DeYoung, and I know this book will be no different. The 145 pages make his text easy to accomplish, and who doesn’t want to have a more liberated understanding of God’s will? Product Details


Also on my novel reading list for this summer:

The Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer (WWII historical novel)
A.D. 33 by Ted Dekker (read A.D. 30 and loved it–and I haven’t loved a Dekker novel for over a decade).
Black Sands by Colleen Coble (ahem, do I really want to read a romance novel (Christian or otherwise)? I purchased this book super cheap at BAM, so we’ll give it a go and see.)

And when oh, when, dear Kate Morton, are you going to publish another book?
If you haven’t read one of her epic, Gothic England mysteries, I recommend starting with The Forgotten Garden or The Secret Keeper.


Kristin L. Hanley, author of Navigating a Sea of Emotions 

Navigating a Sea of Emotions by [Hanley, Kristin L]

2 Replies to “Weekend Exhale: Summer Book Reads”

  1. Thanks much. This oughta keep me busy — sand or no! I may get a bit of sand in late August in the Pacific Northwest but until then my back porch will do just fine.

    1. Lauri, how lovely. Porches and hammocks are the best places to read. 🙂 Having never been to the Pacific Northwest, I’ve always wanted to visit. Take pictures if you go. 🙂

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