Five Books That Rocked My Summer

Five Faves

I have to celebrate my summer reads, ya’ll. There’s something highly satisfactory about remembering what you accomplish in the reading department. It’s like writing thank you notes to your besties.

  1. Gentian Hill by Elizabeth Goudge. I’m in love with her mystical writing brimming with spiritual truths. And its fiction! This book follows the almost mythical tale of orphaned Stella on the stormy shores of Southern England, her young friend who abandons his ship, and a mysterious priest. (There’s a strong sense of Poldark with this one.)
  2. Green Dolphin Street also by Elizabeth Goudge. Set on a windswept French island and New Zealand, this epic tale follows two sisters who love the same man and what they sacrifice for salvation. This book has the richest characters of any book I’ve ever read.
  3. The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness by Jerome Groopman. A study in the power of the spirit and mind to push past pain and live beyond our own strength.
  4. Anonymous: Jesus’ Hidden Years…and Yours by Alicia Britt Chole. If you find yourself constantly trying to be seen and heard in a cacophonous world too, this book might settle you right down. The quiet years are preparing us with a peace that surpasses.
  5. Different: The Story of an Outside-The-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him by Sally Clarkson and Nathan Clarkson. If you’ve got a kid who’s challenging because of personality or disability, this book is for you. It’s written by a mother and son who battled OCD, ODD, and ADHD together. It moved me to empathy and hope for the years to come with my two squirrels.

This Fall’s Stack ‘O Books

  1. At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider. If you’ve dabbled in taking your kids around the world (literally or figuratively), this book will give you courage.
  2. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. Poetic prose, powerful perspective from a supremely talented African-American woman. We need more books like this.
  3. The Green Ember by S.D. Smith. A YA adventure novel about sword-wielding rabbits. My kids were fighting over it last night.
  4. Being Brave: A 40-Day Journey to the Life God Dreams for You by Kelly Johnson. Can’t wait to dive into this book as I brave some new personal ventures.
  5. The Joy of Poetry: How to Keep, Save & Make Your Life With Poems (Masters in Fine Living Series) by Megan Willome. (Reread). Memoir + poetry? Yes, please! I am using it for poetry workshop prep and to rekindle my own creative practice.
  6. The Bark of the Bog Owl (The Wilderking Trilogy, #1) 
    by Jonathan Rogers. I heard the author on  the Read Aloud Revival podcast talk about how this was the first complete story he ever wrote. The title is brilliant!

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August 31, 2017
  • Emma Hughes

    So good! Putting lots of those on my ‘to read’ list… after I finish Green Dolphin Street, of course!