Summer Reading list 2016

I’ve always loved reading. In fact, my parents had to force me to go outside as a child Summer Reading List 2016because I’d rather be lost in a book than wonder aimlessly around our back yard during the summer. As a mom of 6 children this was harder than ever before.

I used to be a one book at a time kinda gal, but my friend Lori introduced me to the idea of reading more than one book at a time. She had a point that I would get bored and put it down and not read something else until it was done. With this method of reading I’ve been able to finish twice as many books in a year as I had before.

I’m to the point where I have at least 5 books going at the same time business, personal development, spiritual development , homeschooling, and pure enjoyment. I’ll also add what I’m reading to my kids. They aren’t adult books, but they are still fun.

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Personal Development

Right now: The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

Just Finished: The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz
Review: While I don’t agree with the Toltec religion, I found this book fascinating. The four agreements are founding principles to leading a peaceful life. I’ve begun to implement them in my life and I’m seeing dramatic changes in myself and my interactions with others. Just the simple act of not taking things personally has been life altering. My teenagers are reading this as well, and we’ve had some great discussions.

Up Next: The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins


Right now: Ultimate Blogging Tips & Tricks by Mike Colburn

Just Finished: How to Blog for Profit without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup
Review: I am a student of Ruth’s at Elite Blogging Academy. This book came with my membership. It was an excellent read, and very informative. If I hadn’t received it for free, I would have still bought it. My only regret is that my copy is an e-book, and I love to highlight and write in my books. It is on my must purchase and re-read list. I’d highly recommend for any blogger.

Up Next: You are a writer by Jeff Goins

Spiritual Development

Right Now: Own Your Own Life by Sally Clarkson

Just Finished: One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp (3rd reading)
Review: This is my all time favorite book. Besides the Bible, for me, it has been the most life altering book, I’ve ever read. When I find them on sale, I buy as many copies as I can and give them away. Ann brings hope in a dark world. She teaches how to find joy even in the midst of struggle. My teenagers have read it and both love it.

Up Next: The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst

HomeschoolingSummer Reading List 2016

Right now: Large Family Homeschooling
by Amy Roberts

Just Finished: When You Rise Up 
by R.C. Sproul Jr.
Review: If you are a homeschooling family, this is an amazing read. While short, there is a lot packed into it. When I was done my husband read it and then handed it to the teens. My oldest girl is reading it and says she finally understands why we homeschool. The teen boy is up next as soon as she is done.

Up Next: Educating the Whole Hearted Child
by Clay Clarkson

Pure Enjoyment

Right now: Droughts and Dreams by Glenn Beck and Matt Redhawk

Just Finished: Foods That Will Win the War and How to Cook Them by Charles Houston Goudiss and Alberta Moorhouse Goudiss
Review: This was more for research for my blog. I really wish my Grandma was around to ask questions about it. I asked my dad’s mom and she said that was how they ate. It was just the way things were. As a child you didn’t know better and just ate what was in front of you. While not a great cookbook, it was definitely interesting.

Up Next: Hollow City: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

For My Kids

Right Now: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Just Finished: Frozen Fire by Karl Gustav Nieritz
Review: This story is heart wrenching and beautiful. Lamplighter has out done themselves in the publishing of this book. It is stunning. My children are still talking about it. My teens did research to see if the story was true. They began digging in history wanting to learn more. We were all moved. It was one of the stories that after reading you just sit there in silence and let it all soak in.

Up next: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

These are the books on my list for reading this summer. Come check them out and see if you can find some inspiration.We’ve just started listening to books on tape again. This was something we did more often when we lived in Pennsylvania. Things were 30 minutes or more away and it was better than listening to my children fight. While we don’t do driving like that much anymore, it would be nice to listen when we are out grocery shopping or if we are driving up to visit my in-laws.

My full-size van doesn’t have anything like this so we have resorted to giving a try. We are doing a three-month trial to have a book to listen to when we drove out to Branson, MO for vacation.

We all decided that we wanted to hear the entire Lord of the Rings’ series by our favorite Narater Rob Inglis so we started with The Fellowship of the Ring. We have his version of The Hobbit on cassette tape and we LOVE IT!