Monday, June 19, 2017

What's On Your Summer Reading List?

When we were looking to buy a house, it was my dream to find one with a front porch and a little swing. Growing up in the south, front porch swinging is part of our culture, and I was missing that when we lived in our second floor apartment. I'll never forget when I got the email from our real estate company that our (now) house was on the market. I saw the little swing in the pictures and knew I had to have it! I was so excited about this find that I made Chris jump in the car that instance (in our pajamas) to drive by the house so we could see it in person. I was also so excited that I forgot I had eggs boiling, and we came home to an apartment full of smoke and an egg explosion in the kitchen. Whoops!

Needless to say, we ended up making an appointment to see the house and made an offer, and this month makes four years living in our little cottage with the swing! One of my favorite things to do on warm summer days is to read on our front porch. There's something so relaxing about swinging and reading. If I can't be on the beach reading, I'll definitely take the swing! I recently finished reading Freefall to Fly as a part of my weekly small group with a group of girls from church. If you're looking for a new faith based read, I highly recommend it! Rebekah Lyons shares her journey of how she found freedom when she faced her fear, and through this book she encourages other women to do the same by surrendering to God's call in our lives.

Now that summer is in full swing, and we are headed to beach with my family over the 4th of July, I'm looking for some good summer reads! As I do with everything (#OCD), I made a list of books I'm interested in reading this summer. Anyone else do that?! There are so many good reads for 2017, but I narrowed it down to three I want to fit in this summer - either on the beach or in my swing!

The Identicals by Erin Hilderbrand: I love all of Hilderbrand's books, so I know this one will be no different. Plus, it's about sisters, so growing up with two sisters myself, I know I'll have an instant connection to the book!

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins: This storyline isn't something I would typically go for, but this twisted story sparked my interest. I didn't read the author's popular, Girl on the Train, so I'll give this one a try!

The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable: This one is about a family home in Nantucket and family secrets unfolding through an old guest book. It screams summer and sounds like a great beach read escape!

Some other books that I would love to crack open are Hello SunshineThe Lying Game, Rich People ProblemsAgainst All Odds, and White Sand, Blue Sea. Let me know if you have read any of these and if I need to add them to my list. I love that summer is the season for reading - as a child, I would complete the summer reading list that teacher's sent home. Yep, I was that kid. So what is on your summer reading list? I'd love to hear! I linked all the books I mentioned in this post below - happy reading!