Summertime Reading

Summertime Reading

This is what I hope to read this summer. Some books are older, some kind of new, some haven’t come out yet. If I read any of these this summer I will be happy. Reading is such a challenge right now!

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

The End of the Day by Bill Clegg

The Safe Place by Anna Downes

The Second Home by Christina Clancy

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

There are a few others I may toss in depending on mood but I am happy with this list. It’s a good mix of old and new.

What will you be reading this summer?

Sunday Matters: Puppy Dogs and Rainbows

Sunday Matters

I’ve had enough of the world and all its nastiness. Today it’s all puppy dogs and rainbows and nothing else. La la la.

Figuratively speaking.

Right Now:

We aren’t entirely sure what summer will look like for youth group. Typically we break at some point but this summer we might not break in the traditional sense. Today, we will meet in Zoom and see who shows up. It’s good to catch-up anyways.

After group, I may try to hit the used bookstore. I don’t need any books. Do any of us? We all have stacks and stacks on top of the couple hundred I have on my Kindle, but the idea of browsing sounds nice to me and might break my week up a little.

This Week:

My son got a job in San Luis Obispo so he won’t be spending the summer with us after all. He will be headed back soon, renting a room in someone’s house, and hopefully saving some money. It’s at a luxury hotel and if it goes well, he will keep the job through the school year which will be nice. I think he will still work in the Theatre department too.

My daughter started the process to prepare for pre-screen auditions for college. We are working with MTCA for coaching and just trying to figure out when to schedule what. There are voice lessons, monologue sessions, dance consultations, etc. We also decided to do the summer intensive with Rider after all. It will be virtual and they had to change the program a little but we decided to go with it for July and August.

Have any of you had a kid go through the college audition process for theatre or musical theatre? It’s pretty intense.


This is where I stumble. I had good intentions to start Hello, Summer and then I got distracted. I plan to read it this week for sure because it has been patiently waiting for me to pick it up. I also want to read something really juicy to go along with it. Any suggestions? My goal this week is to flood my brain with the written word and not social media.


Still trying to decide what to watch after Broadchurch. I did watch a few movies though. I finally saw Rocketman. I know some critics were put off by the fact that it was really a musical, but in this house, it got bonus points for that format. I really enjoyed it. It was so pretty to look at.

In a funk one evening, after a particularly bad news day, I was flipping channels and came across Gidget. Yes! The original 1959 beach flick with Sandra Dee. It was sweet, and charming and just what I needed. Then,  on Turner Classic Movies, another beach movie came on, Surf Party so I watched that too.

Grateful for:

  • Good friends who check up on me when I get too caught up in politics or other nasty happenings on social media.
  • Really good coffee. To me, it’s a treat.
  • The three pound weight loss “nugget” I was tossed to encourage me in my quarantine weight loss efforts.

What is the one book you simply MUST read this summer?

Chatting with friends about books and life…