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8 Books to Read this Summer

Originally published Thursday, 04 June 2015.

It’s the beginning of June! Those of us in the northern hemisphere are gearing up for the long-awaited summer months, while those south of the equator are bundling up for a few chilly winter months.

Whether you’re getting ready for beach days or nights cuddled up by the fireplace, what better way to celebrate the start of a new season than treating ourselves to a new book (or four).

Here are some books I’ve loved:


Dear Mr. Knightley: A Novel, by Katherine Reay

I adored this debut novel by Katherine Reay. A Jane Austen-loving orphan named Samantha is sponsored by an anonymous donor to attend Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. The only stipulation is that she must write  regular letters to this mysterious benefactor, who wishes to be called Mr. Knightley. The storyline is captivating and cleverly written, and I found myself drawn to the main character, and sad when the book ended.


Secrets of a Charmed Life, by Susan Meissner

My review of this book is one of the most read posts on this blog. I’ve lent my personal copy to a few friends, and all have given it back raving about how much they loved it. You can find a summary and review here. Can’t go wrong with a Susan Meissner novel. I’ve also loved her books, A Fall of Marigolds and Lady in Waiting: A Novel.


A Promise in Pieces: Quilts of Love Series, by Emily Wierenga

You’ve heard me say it before, but I love Emily Wierenga’s writing voice. A Promise in Pieces is a beautifully written story that may have made me cry a little at the end. Read my review by clicking here. Emily also wrote a moving memoir called Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look. The sequel, Making It Home: Finding My Way to Peace, Identity, and Purpose, releases this fall.


Dragons and Dirt: The truth about changing the world – and the courage it requires by Dalene Reyburn

This is a book I’ll be going back to again and again. In a nutshell, it’s really a book about sanctification — but it’s so beautifully and poignantly written, you might not realize it. My review is loaded with some of my favorite quotes. Check it out by clicking here.

On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life that Lasts (Masters in Fine Living Series) by Ann Kroeker and Charity S. Craig

From August 17th-September 25th, I’m hosting an online discussion group on my blog (www.katemotaung.com), based on topics found in this book. I’d love to have you join in! Grab a copy of this useful and practical resource so you’ll be ready to take part in the discussion in August.

Until We All Come Home: A Harrowing Journey, a Mother’s Courage, a Race to Freedom, by Kim deBlecourt

This harrowing and riveting story is hard to put down. A true account of an American family’s Ukrainian adoption journey, this book is captivating. It’s a genuine testimony of the Lord’s faithful provision, even in tremendously difficult circumstances. Click here for my review.

Let’s All Be Brave: Living Life with Everything You Have by Annie Downs

If you’re looking for an easy read that will encourage you to think differently about your own circumstances in life, this is the book for you. Every chapter include thoughtful and thought-provoking nuggets of wisdom. I’ve gleaned so much from Annie’s anecdotes and direct challenges to be brave in both the small and the big things in life.


Nobody’s Cuter than You: A Memoir about the Beauty of Friendship by Melanie Shankle

If you’re looking for something light and funny, this is your book. You’ll likely laugh out loud and maybe even shed a tear or two while reading this memoir about friendship. Melanie’s first two books, Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn and The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life are equally good. Read my review here.

Related post: Top 14 Books of 2014

What are you hoping to read this season?