Summer Wind-Down Reading List

I love to read! I am always reading a book or two…or 3 at a time. Most of the time I get a stack of book from the library to read but lately I have purchased a few that just seem awesome! I try to get a good balance of fiction and non fiction… well most of the time 😉  reading is one activity/hobby that I fit in for me. It is what I do in my “downtime.” For my summer wind-down reading list, I have put together a list of books that I would love to read! I’m looking forward to getting started! This list will surely take me into fall! Can you believe fall is almost here! I think we forget summer is not over until Sept 21 with school starting! I’m going to enjoy the last few weeks!

Summer Wind-Down Reading List

Summer Wind-Down Reading List


The Mercy by Beverly Lewis- “Two Amish sister yearning for new beginnings. Hen cares for her injured husband, uncertain what the future holds. Rose welcomes a second chance at love when she least expects it. Is she finally able to give her whole heart?

This is the 3rd book in the series. I loved to first two books and will probably read this one first off my summer wind-down reading list! It has been a wonderful series and I look forward to finishing it up.

Lady Maybe By  Julie Klausen- “One final cry..’God almighty, help us!’ and suddenly her world shifted violently, until a blinding collision scattered her mind and shook her bones. Then, the pain. The freezing water. And as all sensations drifted away, a hand reaching for hers, before all faded to darkness…

Now she has awakened as though from same strange, suffocating dream in a warm and welcoming room she has never see before, and is tended to by kind unfamiliar faces. But not all has been swept away She recalls fragments of the accident. She remember a baby. And a ring on her finger reminds her of a lie.

But most of all, there is a secret. And in this house of strangers she can trust no one but herself.”

I fell in love with Julie Klausen a couple of Christmas’ ago. I  love finding new authors to read. I kinda get in a rut and read all the books one author has then don’t know what to read next! If you love mystery with a mix of romance in them you will LOVE Julia Klausen!!!! I am looking forward to this summer wind-down read!

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare– Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar dramatizes the most controversial even in ancient history-The assassination of Julius Caesar.

My hubby has been telling me I should read Julius Caesar for about 2 years now…I couldn’t find it at the library really I looked several times while there! Anyways I  now own a copy! I read a lot of Shakespeare in high school but I don’t think I have ready any since I graduated so here we go!


The Calling by Suzanne Woods Fisher- I bought his book on sale at Walmart but realize it is a second book in series so it is on my list but I will have to find the first on to the series and read that one first!

Non Fiction

Made to Crave By Lysa Terkeurst– “Has food become more about frustration than fulfillment? Made to Crave is the missing link between a womean desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen. Author Lysa Terkeurst personally understand the battle that women face. In the Made to Crave she will help you:

  • Break the cycle of I’ll start again on Monday, and fell good about yourself today
  • Stop agonizing over numbers on the scale and make peace with your body.
  • Replace rationalization that lead to failure with wisdom that leads to victory.
  • Reach your healthy goals and grow closer to God through the process.

This book is not a how to manual or the latest, greatest dieting plan. Made to Crave is a helpful companion to use along side whatever healthy eating approach you choose-a book and Bible study to help you find the ‘want to’ in how to make healthy lifestyle changes.”

I am already about 1/2 way through this book! It has been inspiring for me and I want to finish it! I started reading it while doing my terrafit challenge but never finish it. This is probably second on my list to read.

The Fringe Hours By Jessica Turner– “Ever get to the end of the day and realize you did nothing for you? In this practical and liberating book, Jessica N. Turner empowers you to take back the fringe hours-those little pockets of time you already have in your day-in order to make time for your passions and practice self care. Based on original research, The Fringe Hours helps you overcome common hurdles that prevent women form regularly taking time for themselves. You’ll also learn ways to maximize the time you have and discover how living this lifestyle make you a better wife, mother and friend.”

I have enjoyed reading book about planning your time and using the most of it. There have been some great time that I have taken away from other books that I am sure this is some great nuggets of truth to be learned. This looks like a great summer wind-down read to help be prepare for the fall!

For the Love by Jen Hatmaker- “Bestselling author Jen Hatmaker is convinced life can be lovely and fun and courageous and kind. She knows how the squeeze of this life can make us competitive and judgmental , how we can lose love for others and then for ourselves. She reveals how to:

  • Break free of guilt and shame by dismantling the unattainable Pinterest life.
  • Learn to engage our cultures controversial issues with a grace-first approach.
  • Be liberated to love and release the burden of always being right.
  • Identify the tools you already have to develop real-life, all-in, know my junk-but-love-me-anyway friendships.
  • Escape our impossible standard for pareting and marriage by accepting the standard of ‘mostly good.’
  • Laugh your butt off

In this raucous rid to freedom for modern women, Jen bares the refreshing wisdom, wry humor, no nonsense faith, liberating insight and fearless honesty that have made her beloved by women worldwide.”

I have read some awesome reviews on this book so I thought why not! I go it at Barnes and Nobles for 40% off with my membership and I had a gift card too!

Formation of Character, Parents and Children, and School Education by Charlotte M Mason.  I have 3 out of the six volume set by Charlotte M Mason. I would love to read all of these one and eventually buy the remainder ones too.

What great books are on your reading list?

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