When I was younger I loved to read. I would spend every minute of my free time with a book in my hands, and it was such a normal occurrence to spot me with a book. I would bring a book to school, to church, to every car ride, etc. It has been such a long time that I have read for pleasure and leisure though. This summer, I plan to read and reread a lot of books. Some are my old favorites, and some just might become my new favorite books. They might even spark some interest in you!
First, Black Water by T. Jefferson Parker is a great novel. This novel is beyond interesting and keeps you on your toes. If you like suspense and crime-solving then this book is for you. I would suggest reading Black Water, a murder-mystery, on a rainy summer afternoon. Second, I plan to re-read A Great and Terrible Beauty Trilogy by Libba Bray. I have loved a good fantasy novel from my youth, and this series was so underrated, in my opinion! This trilogy is a coming-of-age fantasy tale about a girl who is so much more than she knows. I recommend encouraging young girls who are interested in fantasy to read this novel when relaxing after a great swim at the beach or in the pool.
Third, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I’ve always been drawn to fiction novels, especially ones that tell important life stories. Americanah really opens your eyes to race, culture, and finding who you are. Fourth, Becoming by former First Lady Michelle Obama and A Promised Land by the former Mr. President, Barack Obama. Any of these selections will be great reads for the Summer, and I think that reading books by any former presidents and first ladies will be a humbling experience. I suggest reading these books in the evening before bed.
Finally, I am excited to read How Happiness Happens by Max Lucado. I had previously read 3:16 The Numbers of Hope by Max Lucado, and it was a great read for spiritual growth. Now, I am hoping to read How Happiness Happens and tap into more of an understanding of faith and happiness. I think this will be one to read on a cool summer day.
I encourage you to also read a few books this summer. Read something light, fictional, nostalgic, religious, biographical, or whatever catches your interest! Reading is so much fun because you will literally feel like you are being transported to a different world, and what a great way to spend the summer. I hope you like these recommendations, and if you have some you would like to share please do so in the comments!