Summer Reading

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Laying out by a pool with a book

{not necessarily a good one},

is my favorite way to relax during the summer.

Luckily, this summer, I have some really good books set aside for those spare solitary moments I can sneak in between trips to the park and the grocery store.

I haven’t done any book reviews in a long time, so I figured now is as good a time as any to update you all on what I’ve got stacked up on my bedside table…

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Yesterday I finished the latest book by Mary DeMuth: The Muir House. This was one of those books I stayed up till the wee hours of the morning to finish; I needed to know how it all turned out. Set in Rockwall, Texas, Mary tells the tale of a young woman searching for the missing pieces to her past, and explores how our search for truth doesn’t always yield the results we anticipate. What I enjoyed about the book was Mary’s ability to share spiritual truths while still maintaining a great story. I was slightly distracted by what I saw as product placement ads {which I’m not sure she got paid for, but felt unnecessary}, but obviously I was too caught up in what was unfolding to let it distract me for long.

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Recently I went out to dinner with my best friend from high school, and was ecstatic at her suggestion that we check out the local used book store after our meal. There’s something about the smell of old books that assures me we will never completely be able to let go of print publications; although I do love my Kindle. As we explored the stacks, shadowed by one of the shop’s two cats, we decided to have our own little book club. After briefly considering the Notebook {joke}, we decided on Ayn Rand‘s Atlas Shrugged. This book has been on my “must read” list since I worked at Borders in 2000, and she had purchased a copy last summer without yet reading it. I’m really looking forward to not only crossing off a book on my “to read” list, but also that I’m reading it with a friend!

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Speaking of my Kindle, I was recently able to download Jon Acuff’s books “Quitter” and “Stuff Christians Like.” SCL was on one of those random sales that Amazon.com frequently does, and I’ve heard a lot of great things about Quitter. I always enjoy Jon Acuff’s blogs {both SCL, and his writing blog}, and so I’m eager to jump into these books. I’m going to have to stick my Kindle in my purse for park trips.

What books are you reading this summer?

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