Thursday, June 11, 2015

Every Girl Link-Up || Summer Books to Read

 Today, Astleigh and I are sharing our summer reads for the Every Girl Link-Up

If you blog and want to link up your summer book recommendations, join us below!

One of my summer goals is to spend more time reading! My husband Steve is currently writing his dissertation on young adult literature, so he almost always has a book-in-hand. I, however, find it hard to find time to read anything besides my favorite blogs. BUT, I did some research on books that I'm really interested in reading, and you'll have to hold me accountable to finishing this amazing list this summer! :)

I mentioned a few weeks ago that Steve and I watched "The Kennedys" on Netflix, and we loved it! I became fascinated with the iconic Jackie, and I cannot wait to read Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story by Barbara Leaming. Many books and biographies have zeroed in on Mrs. Kennedy, but this one suggests that it goes deeper into her private life, especially with her thirty-one year struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder after Kennedy's assassination.

Steve read, Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly before we saw the TV series, and as we watched, he filled me in on tons of interesting information that he learned from the book. I've heard such good things about the "Killing ____" series. I'm a history-lover, so I am always ready to learn more.

The book, Killing Lincoln, is the story before and after Lincoln's assassination. From what I hear, it's really detailed about the life of Lincoln and his role in the Civil War. It lays out all the facts that we know about the shooting in Ford's Theater, the aftermath of what happened, and why it's such a big event in US history. It doesn't try to prove any conspiracy or include things that aren't factual. And it's told in an exciting manner, like a thriller.

 Killing Jesus details the events leading up to the crucifixion of the most influential man who ever lived. It is all fact-based and I think it's going to be a fascinating and thought-provoking read!

There's also a Killing Patton (the WWII General) book as well.

 I've been thinking about food a lot lately and what healthy route is best for our family. I get nervous when I think about cutting out some of my staples (sugar, packaged foods), but I've gotten quite passionate about ethical food and chemical-free food. I have had Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver on my list for a long time, since Steve found it at a used book sale. It's the story of one family's goal to eat local for a year--food that was raised close to them, or grown themselves. I can't wait to look into this type of food culture!

I'm also looking at It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. This book is about the Whole30 nutritional reset program. It's a 30 day plan to end unhealthy cravings, heal the digestive tract, and find a healthy metabolism. It looks a lot like the Paleo diet-- no sugar, no carbs, no dairy. And though I'm not ready to jump into it, I'm curious to learn more about food and the science of how different ingredients affect our bodies.

I haven't read any Karen Kingsbury (Christian) romance novels, and I feel like I'm missing out! What are her best books? This one, Chasing Sunsets, was at my library, but when I got home, I noticed it's the second in a series, so maybe I shouldn't start with it?

I've wanted to read Lauren Graham's novel Someday, Someday Maybe since it came out in 2013. A month or two ago, I was excited to find a copy at Goodwill! I love Lauren Graham, and I think it'll be fun to read her first book! It's loosely based on her life--a twenty-something looking for love and an acting job in New York City in the '90s. :)

Last but not least, I'm going to be diving into these books this summer. The Bible, obviously :)   Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis is a classic must-read. And Meditations for Mom by Bonnie Sparrman has some beautiful wisdom for faith-based moms. I think it's out-of-print at Hallmark, but Amazon has some used copies here.

I can't wait to hear your recommendations, too! Grab our graphic and link up below, or leave your suggestions in the comments! :)

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  1. Karen Kingsbury, love her books!! And yes Chasing Sunsets is her second book in her Angels Walking series! Those Killing ____ books look good too! I may have to read the Killing Jesus book while on our vacation, thanks for the great recommendations and link-up!

  2. I really liked Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. If you end upo liking that book I would suggest readng the Omnivore's Dilemma as well.

  3. Any book by Karen Kingsbury is a must read in my opinion :) And definitely read them in order especially if part of a series. Alot of her series also cross over each other.

  4. I think I heard that Lauren Graham wrote a book a while ago, but I totally forgot! Thanks for the reminder, adding it to my Goodreads list. :)

  5. Barbara Kingsolver is amazing, after reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle I totally wanted to grow my own food and eat local. Hasnt happened yet but Im definitely more aware of the sourcing of our food.

  6. If you are in for the long haul, start at the very beginning of Karen Kingsbury's Baxter series. They are by far my favourites (but theres a zillion books!). She also has a few stand-alones, but the only one I have read is Fifteen Minutes and that wasn't my favourite. She has just started a new series called Angels Walking. I read the first book this winter and it was pretty good!! Some parts didn't sit well with me but it was a great read, regardless. :)

  7. Lauren Graham's book was my beach read last year, and I loved it! You should try Sophie Kinsella's books too!

  8. I loved Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Barbara Kingsolver seemed to have a realistic take on trying to eat from the land. I've tried to read other books like this, like Michael Pollen's, and just couldn't get into them. If you're looking for one more book, take a look at The Boston Girl. I just finished reading it and couldn't put it down.

  9. I read lauren graham's novel,i remember it had me laughing out loud!
    I will have to check out Killing Jesus,sounds interesting.
    I read that Jackie Kennedy book a few months ago and really enjoyed it,you definitely learn A LOT more about her life and life in the spotlight!

  10. I read Lauren Graham's book & loved it!! I'm definitely adding that Jackie Kennedy book to my holds at the library. What a fun idea for a link up!

  11. Great list!!! We all need to share books more often .. I have such a long "to read" list now ;)



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