summer’s bookbag

July 2, 2010 at 12:05 am 4 comments

It’s hardly a secret that I love books.  Maybe it has something to do with my love for words or the fact that I’m an (unofficial) English minor.  In my opinion, a good book is a feast for the soul.  And maybe I just stole Lady Durer’s wording there, because I thought that beautiful and poetic too.

Regardless, I came home from school with a list a mile long of books I wanted to read.  So, here are the ones I have devoured thus far!

I Will Carry You: The Sacred Dance of Grief and Joy, by Angie Smith (beautiful)

The Small Rain, by Madeleine L’Engle (Good, and a very easy and fun read – though the story is a bit tragic, and Katherine has a rather messy life)

The Irrisistible Revolution, by Shane Claiborne (mixed thoughts about this one – it’s a great book, and I think some of his ideas and opinions are spot-on.  But he also has his theology mixed up at points, so I’m still trying to sort out everything that he says.  But read Tim Challies for an excellent review)

A Return to Modesty, by Wendy Shalit

Girls Gone Mild: Young Women Reclaim Self-Respect and Find It’s Not Bad to Be Good, by Wendy Shalit (both of her books are good, but I especially liked this one.  It was more interesting, had a broader focus, and was a little less academic – though I found both books to be engaging)

Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis (Amazing.  As always.  How can one man be so brilliant?)

Till We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis

Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson

My Antonia, by Willa Cather

As I’m always reading multiple books at the same time, my goals were to read a good variety – some modern ones, some classics, some deeper theological books.  The idea was to read a lighter book along with each of the heavier books, but looking at my list I can see that I’ve let all of the deeper books that I was intending to read slip by the wayside a bit.  I suppose I shall have to get back to those. 

And up next –

Strong Women, Soft Hearts by Paula Rinehart (I’m finishing it)

A Severed Wasp, by Madeleine L’Engle (also in the middle of it – the sequal to The Small Rain)

Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling, by Andy Crouch

My Name is Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok

Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris (well, first I have to procur it somehow…)

What is on your summer reading list?  Do you have suggestions for me?


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jessina  |  July 3, 2010 at 4:30 am

    How are you liking The Severed Wasp? I adored it . . . and found the story to have a very subtle yet redeeming ending. What think you?

    I’m currently in the middle of The Summer of the Great Grandmother, which is the second book in L’Engle’s Crosswicks series, the book that comes after A Circle of Quiet. And I like it so very much. Can you tell I’m on a L’Engle kick? =)

    Let’s get together soon? I miss you!

  • 2. Joanna  |  July 3, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I just read:

    The Duggars: 20 and Counting! and it was very good. I loved it!

    Start Here – was fabulous, of course. And so good and practical!

    Those are two of my favorites recently.

    P.S. Dearie, did you see my most recent post?!

  • 3. Lady Durer  |  July 4, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Oh Megan! I have been reading through your blog this morning and what a joy it always is. Your writing flows into my ears with such ease. A true delight. thank you for putting bits of you out in the world here. And what a good reading list! love you and miss you.

  • 4. Megan  |  July 6, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    hmm I will have to see if my library has some of those. I don’t know if I’ve told you this already, but I just finished “Wish you Well” by David Baldacci. Just wonderful! I highly suggest it- an easy read and a beautiful story. Love you bunches


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