My June Book Stack

Nothing says summer like...a great stack of books?!?! Maybe that's just the dorky English major in me talking, but if you're anything like me, you love seeing what other people are reading. Here's a look at my stack right now:

{I'm old school. I love a printed book with real pages!}

From the top:

  1. The Light Princess - Planning to read this one aloud to my girls. {Something I wish I did more often, even though they are 10 and 12 and can read quite well on their own.} George MacDonald was a great inspiration to one of my favorite authors and thinkers, C.S. Lewis. Awesome to know who inspired the greats.
  2. The Lost Husband - I'm feeling downright giddy about diving into this one! The cover couldn't be any cuter {here}, and it's set on a farm. I'm dying to read it in my barn hammock with a tall glass of iced tea and lemonade! {Does that sound like good summer reading, or what?!?!} This is Katherine Center's fourth book, and some say it's her best. One thing's for sure: she's found her voice, and I love it! She's witty, brilliant, excellent at her craft, and also happens to be a friend.
  3. Intentional Parenting - I don't read many parenting books these days {I think I overdosed when the girls were little}, but this one is refreshing. The title includes one of my favorite words: intentional. Who doesn't want to be more of that? It's also co-authored by one of my new favorite people, David Thomas. This guy is the real deal. And don't get me started on his precious family. I could write a whole post about them and still not be done. {If you have boys, you might also like Wild Things.}
  4. Love Story - This one landed in my pile unexpectedly. It was given to me by a blog reader who I had the privilege of meeting in person. I thought I'd get around to it later, but once I started, it was just so easy to keep going. Nichole Nordeman is known as a singer/songwriter, but she's hysterical and honest as an author. She confesses all kinds of funny things: like being so nosy that she'll look through your purse if you leave it at the table while using the restroom!
  5. The Divine Romance - I hardly know what to say. This is an allegory that is so beautifully, exquisitely descriptive that it has to be divinely inspired. It was placed in my hands by someone I only met briefly, and somehow, she just knew it was for me. Maybe it's for you, too. Enjoy!
  6. Daring Greatly - Brené Brown is one of Houston's hometown heroes who's gained national recognition...and for good reason! I was drawn to her "I choose authenticity" movement years ago, but these days, she seems more authentic than ever. She wrote this book after a breakdown that led to a breakthrough, so you know it'll be rich and real.
  7. Abba's Child - This is one of the few books I've read several times. C.S. Lewis said, "Those who read great works...will read the same work ten, twenty or thirty times during the course of their life." Brennan Manning wouldn't call himself a "great," but his words are worth re-reading again and again. He undoes me every time...gently exposing the impostor and calling out my true identity as a child of God. Ragamuffin Gospel is another great book of his. {I was sad to learn that he died this year. He was a deep soul who offered greatness out of his nothingness.}
I'm hoping to read a stack at least this high in July, too. {Making up for lost time after our move. Just now catching my breath a year after our crazy leap of faith!} So tell me, what are you reading these days? Anything I should add to my July stack?

Happy reading to you!

By the way, C.S. Lewis would advise me to read something old and classic in between all the new. Not sure what that will be yet. My Granny used to re-read Pride and Prejudice almost every year. She was a brilliant woman, so maybe there's something to that! {Granny and C.S. Lewis...two of my greatest inspirations...and both with the last name Lewis!}


  1. What a great looking stack of books! This is a wonderful inspiration to set some reading goals. I love how you model that for your sweet girls. Ahhh..summer!

  2. I have been lost in books this summer! I loved checking out your list and off to add some to my own stack! Thank you and happy reading!

  3. I love seeing what other people are reading. I will have to check out Wild Things since I have 2 boys. I am also planning to read the Lost Husband. Right now I am reading On Folly Beach by Karen White.

  4. I just read Gone Girl last weekend. Very Disturbing....I am now reading The Things We Never Said by Susan Elliot Wright. So far so good. I am going to check some of these out.

  5. Can't wait to hear what you think of The Lost Husband. Happy reading!

  6. love your list..pinned it.
    Daring Greatly is on my list this summer!!!


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