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Sunday Matters: Summer Reading is Almost Here

Sunday Matters

This is the time of year where every student is hanging by a thread. They are tired, stressed and just over all of it but we aren’t quite done yet. We still have events to deal with like Senior Showcases and banquets for both choir and theatre and that last-minute push to get work turned in. Please give us strength.

Right Now:

Church this morning and then dinner prep later. I hope to sneak a few pages of reading in but also have high school ministry later so it won’t be much.

This Week:

  • Rehearsals for Little Shop begin this week.
  • Senior Showcase for theatre is this week. My daughter is not a senior but was asked to be in a senior directed piece for A Chorus Line.
  • My 25th wedding anniversary is this week.
  • Registration for summer classes is this week so the girl can get ahead for next year.


At the moment I am reading The Invited by Jennifer McMahon. It’s pretty good. Grabbed me right away. It’s being dubbed a “ghost story with a twist” but I am liking the slow build.


Not much. I really want to catch-up on movies that I should have seen prior to Endgame like, Black Panther and Thor Ragnarok. Not to mention Captain Marvel. But I saw a clip for Wine Country on Netflix and that looked interesting too.  I am so over Maya Rudolph but it still looks good.

New Things I’ve Tried:

I haven’t tried a darn thing but for some reason I am really into the smell of rosemary right now so I am searching for a good rosemary hand cream. I have rosemary all over my yard but the rosemary at the community garden here on campus has the most divine rosemary. I sweep my hands through the plants on the way out and it is like heaven.

Grateful for:

The whole concept of summer reading. I hardly ever stick to my list but the idea of it makes me so happy. I will be compiling a stack for that soon.

Name one book that will be on your summer reading list?


Summer Reading

Summer Reading

My summer reading is a mix of review copies I’ve been given and books that I’ve been meaning to get to. My lists are never all that functional because major distractions come out of nowhere and all I have to do is walk into a bookstore and instantly my structured list is a shambles.

But, that’s okay. Just the idea of a summer reading list comforts me. It reminds me of when I was young and ran to the library each weekend to collect books for the summer reading program. Oh, how I loved those programs! My library would sometimes show a movie to go along with the featured book. Sitting in the cool, dark theater, munching on popcorn and all the kids laughing or crying depending on the film. Such good times.

Now that I am all sentimental over summer reading, here’s what I’d like to read by the end of September because it will be blazing hot, like 115 degrees in September so I count that as summer.

Visible Empire by Hannah Pittard
Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding
The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon
The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch
Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li
A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Every year I try to read Pride and Prejudice because I feel it’s required reading if you blog about books but every year it gets pushed to the back of my shelf. This year, I am going to read it. I declared it here so it must be so.

I noticed after writing this up that I only listed one “summery” vacation type book on here.  Are your summer reading lists usually light or heavy?