Friday, June 13, 2014

Good {Summer} Reads

I've never been one of these people who constantly has their nose in a book (ahem - Mom - ahem) but when I do find a book that I enjoy, I have a tendency to inhale it within a couple of days.  Over the past few months, I've devoured a few really great books, and I thought I'd share them with you in case you need some summer reading inspiration.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll totally relate.  Honest stories of a Southern family and all it's quirks and fabulousness, with a good heaping helping of grace.  I couldn't get enough!

Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford

This book found me.  I swear.  One day after making the decision to go 100 days without social media, I went to Barnes & Noble on my lunch hour looking for a Bible study book, and instead left with this.  It was divine reassurance that by limiting my own social media distractions as well as limiting my family's screen time was the absolute right decision.  Rachel also blogs about her hands-free journey on her blog, aptly named Hands Free Mama.

Anything by Jennie Allen
This book changed my life.  I'm not exaggerating in the slightest.  This book/Bible study gave me the courage to completely pour my heart and soul out to the Lord and give Him anything and everything for the sake of His Kingdom.

This sweet story of friendship without limits goes from fall-on-the-floor-laughing-your-face-off funny one minute to jaw-dropping-I-can't-believe-that-just-happened surprises to I-just-want-to-wrap-my-arms-around-that-girl-and-can-I-have-a-box-of-Kleenex-please sadness.  And that's just the first book.  Must read, and you won't put them down once you start.  Promise.

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

I've read every Dan Brown book, with the exception of the brand new Inferno (which I'm anxious to get my grubby little hands on, so I'll keep you posted on that one).  I love, love, love Dan Brown novels.  This one has so many twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end.  I also highly recommend all of his other novels, if you've never read them - The DaVinci Code, Angels and Demons, Deception Point, and Digital Fortress.  Each one is packed full of amazing facts with a fictional thriller woven throughout.

Stop by in a couple weeks when I share a list of books my 12-year old daughter has been devouring lately. Perfect summer reading for tweens and teens!

Any good books that you'd recommend?


  1. I couldn't even begin to name all the books I have read this year! :) MOM

  2. Thanks! I'm always on the lookout for new books to devour. I've heard of Anything before so now it's definitely going on my to-read list on Goodreads.