This summer I am headed off for adventure, (which I will tell you about tomorrow), adventure in which it would be unwise for me to lug around the 25,000 books I want to bring with me. So, although I never thought I would leave paper behind, I have traded in my beloved bound books for my mom’s Kindle for the summer. I repeat: just for the summer. My apartment will still be floor to ceiling with books.
As resistant as I am to it, it’s actually been pretty fun to load up the Kindle with all of the books I want to take. Although I have been shocked at the prices, why am I paying $12 for a book that I can’t put on a shelf?! I was expecting like $4. I guess I have been out of the loop for awhile.
Anyways, I thought I would share my summer reads with you. Here they are!
Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are, Shauna Niequist
This one has been on my list (and everyone else’s, for that matter) since months before its prerelease. #basicchristianwhitegirl But I hadn’t ordered it because I convinced myself that I didn’t need another devotional at that moment, and I should really save the $15, and it was backordered. BUT, it went on sale the other day (buy the hardcover and get the kindle edition for $1), so of course, I bought them both. Shauna Nequit is my favorite author and mentor writer, and her newest book is a devotional, providing a short scripture and devo for every day of the year. I’m excited to read a few with my morning coffee in Italy.
Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the bad*** girl who gives the feminist speech at the beginning of Beyonce’s flawless. This book was on my “maybe I’ll read” list, until I realized who the author was, and then it shot up to my “going to read” list. You can check out the Amazon page, but the awards are endless. Seriously. Here is the Amazon preview:
“Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie also has a $2 Kindle exclusive called “We Should All Be Feminists.” I’m down.
The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd
This is one of those books that I want to read for me as well as for my students. Sue Monk Kidd is the same author who wrote The Secret Life of Bees, which I absolutely loved in ninth grade. I’ll give you a snippet from the Amazon preview:
“…a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.”
That was enough for me. I’ll let you know how it turns out! (I have a feeling it’ll be good.)
Paper Towns, John Green
Okay, so I didn’t like The Fault in Our Stars (the only other thing I’ve read by John Green.) But, I’m not about to see a movie without reading the book first, and I do want to see this movie. Even though I didn’t like his other book, this one looks really good. I hope I haven’t been deceived by the teen targeted media… Also Sarah told me John Green has a sweet youtube channel, (did everyone know about this?!), which isn’t for teens at all. I haven’t watched anything yet, but I’m intrigued.
Wearing God, Lauren F. Winner
This purchase hurt my heart, it really did. $15 for a book I will never hold… and the hardcover is $20. I am a poor girl but I have wanted to read this book since it came out, so I bit the bullet. I read just the sample part and was hooked, so I knew that it was a purchase I needed to make.
Lauren Winner dives into different metaphors of God. Who is He? How do we see Him? I think this book will not only open my eyes to a deeper understanding of God, but a deeper level of spiritual writing.
This one isn’t on my Kindle, but I downloaded these $7 digital copies to my iPad. If you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen me post about this magazine a month or so ago. I am obsessed. The articles cover a variety of topics on Christian womanhood, but ultimately all point back to Jesus. The photography is beautiful, and everything is just put together so beautifully that I want to leave it on my coffee table forever. But not only is it beautiful, it is good. When I ordered my first copy, I read every article before I set it down. I am so excited to devour the other 4 issues that I haven’t read yet.
There are a ton of other books on my to-read list, many of which I hope to pick up this summer. Among them are:
Searching for Sunday, Rachel Held Evans
All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doer
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Mindy Kaling
The Maze Runner, James Dashner
What are you reading this summer? What else should I add to my list? As always, send me your critiques and recommendations!