My Summer Reading List – 2015

I’ve been having tons of fun reading other folks’ summer lists and getting ideas. Since summer officially starts in just a few days, I figure it’s time to look at my shelves and put together my own little reading plan. So, what do I want to read (or reread) this summer?

letmebeawomanLet Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot – I’ve read this book several times over, and all of the recent celebrations of this lady’s inspirational life have me longing to revisit her writings.  Originally written as advice for her soon-to-be-married daughter, this book overflows with wisdom on marriage, femininity, relationships, and how all of these properly form a part of our walks with God.

It’s a beautiful book, and I think it just might be time to reread it once more. I’m not acquainted with Mrs. Elliot’s daughter, but I do think her fortunate to have a mother who can give such wise, godly counsel.

Also available in a digital edition.



keepaquietheartKeep a Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot

This book by Elliot is one that I haven’t read, but it’s been on my radar for some time.  It’s a collection of articles from her newsletters. My mother and more than a few of my other relatives are fans of Elisabeth Elliot’s writing, and received the newsletter.  I have fond memories of my mother or aunt passing along articles to me that they found particularly insightful or helpful.






secretroomsThe Secret Rooms by Catherine Bailey

I’m a history buff by nature, and the popularity of Downton Abbey has led to publication of so many interesting books on the Edwardian period.  This work by a British historian caught my eye when I read a review for it. Like many aristocratic families, the Dukes of Rutland have kept records of their correspondence going back many generations.  In the case of this particular family, there are three curious holes in the historical record, and Dr. Bailey goes about trying to solve the mystery of what happened during these three brief periods of time in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


Also available in a digital edition.


givethemgraceGive Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids With the Love of Jesus by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson

When I talk to folks who have children slightly older than mine, this book gets mentioned again and again as a helpful parenting guide. As a parent, I want to raise my children in a fashion that is pleasing to God, and I also see it as my duty to help point their gaze to Him. I’ll be curious to see what these authors have to say about that.


Also available in a digital edition.




desperatefortuneA Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

I’ve gotten many recommendations for Kearsley’s books, so I’ve picked up her latest to try. I’m actually about 1/4 of the way into this one, and it’s a fascinating read so far. The author has obviously put in a lot of time researching her story. The book has dual plots that jump between modern-day France and the early 18th century. The two are tied together because Sara, the modern-day heroine, has skills in code-breaking and she has been hired to decode the diary of an 18th century Jacobite exile in France. Though I can tell the story will feature high intrigue, it’s thoughtfully written and moves at a pace languid enough to let readers soak up the writing.


Also available in a digital edition.


deadwakeDead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

I enjoyed reading Larson’s interesting (though sometimes chilling) history of the Chicago World’s Fair, The Devil in the White City, so I am interested to see what he does with what was one of the pivotal moments in World War I. When I think about all that happened in the world during the early 20th century, I can see many directions in which this book could go, so I’m interested to see what the author does.


Also available in a digital edition.




secretofpembrookeThe Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen

I’ve enjoyed Klassen’s writing in the past, but it’s been a little while since I’ve read one of her books. I find her writing engaging stylistically, and her books tend to have a good message. This Regency England-set tale caught my eye, and it sounds as though Klassen’s story of a daughter trying to help her father stave off financial ruin may have a touch of gothic-style mystery about it, too.


Also available in a digital edition.




roadtoserfdomThe Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek

I’m not as well-versed in economics as I wish I were, but I know that this book is considered one of the classics.  Originally written to refute the socialist ideals that started to gain mainstream popularity in the 1940s, this book as remained a “must-read” among students of economics and I’m curious to read it and perhaps see why that is.



Also available in a digital edition.



heartsdisguiseA Heart’s Disguise by Colleen Coble

I saw that Colleen Coble was re-releasing an early work of hers as a serialized novel, with new portions coming out every month.  I enjoy historical fiction in general, and I was curious to see how that 19th century practice of reading in installments might work for this 21st century reader.  This is the first installment of the book, and we’ll see how it goes.





2 thoughts on “My Summer Reading List – 2015

    • Hi Shannon,

      Thanks for visiting! I don’t often listen to audiobooks, but my husband travels for work, and I know he’s a huge fan of them. I hope your move goes well.


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