Summer Reading Goals {what I’m reading right now}


Hey everyone!

Summer. Sweet summer. When I think of summer I think of books.

Oh yes. Books.

Give me all the books. Let me go out and get more books. Let me sit in the a.c. and read all those books.

Mountains of books!


Worked myself into a book frenzy. Anyways.

I have this habit of starting so many books and then not finishing them for some reason or another. 

To help resolve this issue, I decided to narrow down my list to 5 books I want to work on finishing. I am more or less actively reading these books. And lets face it, I probably won’t finish them all by August but this is a start.


My Current Reads This Summer


1. Fountain Creek Chronicles, by Tamera Alexander

Genre: Historical Fiction

Pages: 689.

  • book #1: Rekindled
  • #2: Revealed
  • #3: Remembered

Why I love it:

This particular series is set in Colorodo Territory (western US) in the mid- to late 1800s. I enjoy this particular time period and westerns have piqued my interest lately.

It’s hard to put into words exactly what I love about these books. Maybe its the fact that the characters are so real, so genuine in their struggles. They are committed to their faith.

The author walks a fine line here with providing just the right amount of detail to make the story flow. I also like her gutsiness to write about topics that not every Christian writer would. And she does it with eloquence and grace.


2. The Magnolia Story, by Chip & Joanna Gaines

Genre: Biography.

Pages: 184.

Why I love it:

Most people are familiar with the dynamic duo that is Chip and Joanna Gains through their show, Fixer Upper. One of my friends (who is a fan) loaned me this book.

Chip and Joanna have a cute story. Joanna is so…Joanna and Chip is so crazy! I’ve enjoyed reading about the “ages and stages” of their lives…and how they got to be famous!


3. The Zookeeper’s Wife, by Diane Ackerman

Genre: History/ World War I

Pages: 368.

Why I love it:

This one. This one is very deep and quite detailed. I’ve found I cannot do this book justice by reading it quickly. So, just like the classics I’ve been reading this novel slowly.

The book is based on the true story of Jan and Antonia Żabiński, a Polish couple who manage the Warsaw zoo during the Holocaust. What is so special about them? The synopsis says that “..[they] managed to save over 300 people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages”. Although I haven’t yet reached that point in the story.

I can tell that this book will be heartbreaking and beautiful. It is full of rich detail and I know that it will touch my heart.


4. The Cranford Novellas, (Girlebooks) by Elizabeth Gaskell

  • Cranford-16 chapters.
  • Mr. Harrison’s Confession-31 chapters.
  • My Lady Ludlow-14 chapters.


Genre: Novel

Pages: 134 pages.

Why I love it:

Earlier this year I finished Gaskell’s North and South and I liked it (for the most part).

My thoughts on Gaskell’s works are hard to explain. I like her books, but they can be slow and the characters not as easy to like as say…Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet.

When I read that Cranford was supposed to be her best work, and saw a preview for the BBC series I decided to read it. The show came out in 2007 but apparently I missed the boat haha.

I am currently having some difficulty following the storyline and need to find some sort of spark notes to help me.

I did really enjoy the beginning of the novel. I found it to be quite humerous and entertaining. This book seems much more…easygoing? than other novels of hers.


5. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

Genre: Fantasy.

Pages: 306.

Why I love it:

It’s J.R.R. Tolkien. Need I say more? His writing style is beyond amazing. And it’s no wonder, when he devoted such a large portion of his life to the series.

I don’t read much fantasy at all but I can definitely make time for a little Tolkien ☺


Any books on your summer reading list? Now’s the time to knock them out! Stay cool out there! ❄☀🌻🌺


21 thoughts on “Summer Reading Goals {what I’m reading right now}”

    1. Thank-you! It has been good, but rather detailed. It was recommended to me by a friend and I ended up buying a copy when we were on vacation earlier this year. Thank-you for stopping by Gail & hapoy reading!

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  1. The Hobbit is great and I’ve already got my summer reading list. The Zookeepers Wife the movie was excellent and the book is always better! Great blog and thanks for sharing! If I do watch a movie before the bio which I try not to and I read the book after its always better. I’ll have to get and read The Zookeepers Wife the movie was great!💕📖

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    1. Summer reading lists are so much fun ☺ I haven’t seen The Zookeeper’s Wife yet, but I think I did see part of The Hobbit before I listened to the audio book a few years back. Thanks for stopping by & commenting! What books do you have on your summer reading list? 😀📚


      1. It’s awesome I read it in 2 days and it’s thick! Great read all her books are in Amazon it’s rated #1 book in 2018 AMD the way she writes about Alaska is superb! I hope you enjoy it! Best best book I’ve read lately!

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      2. That’s how you know it’s a good one 🙂 I’ve read a few this summer like that..Girl in the Song and The Last Sin Eater. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a good book that was set in Alaska. Thank-you for sharing!


      3. Your welcome I’ve remember coming across The Sin Eater I’ll have to check into this one. Anything by Kristin Hannah is really good but this book was above that to me! I absolutely enjoyed it. It’s thick and I read it in 2 days I could not put it down! Enjoy dear!

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      4. She sounds like a really good author ☺ I need to check her out! It takes me awhile to get to my tbr list, but since I put it on Pinterest I won’t forget ☺


      5. Or the last sin eater I thin it was sorry I’ll add it to my TBR I had to start doing this. I would get home with books or start reading and realize I’ve already read this!

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      6. The Last Sin Eater was extremely good…I saw the movie when it came out in 2007, but had no idea it was a book as well. It is set in Appalachia in the 1850s and this little town is amazingly transformed from darkness to light, truly a beautiful story.

        I’ve done that with books before too ☺ Makes me laugh😆


      7. I wanted to let you know I picked up The Last Sin Eater at the library today looking forward to the read. I also got many more but I did pick up The Guernsey Literary Potatoe Peel Pie Society I think you’d enjoy it. Marrie Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows authirs bur there’s a urine clip about it and the movies. Check it out I think you love it. I did also puck up The Refuel of Hummingbird Lane Tje reviews were good on this book so I got it and more Karen Kingsbury I did get Wanda Brauswetters Hawaiian Quilt I’m a sucker FORCA good Amish novel and there’s a 2nd one happy reading 8m in heaven tonight!

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      8. That’s awesome! I’m glad to hear it ☺ The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society is a good book ☺ Nothing better than a big stack of books in the summer. Happy Reading!


      9. Oh I read “The Sin Eater” yesterday and I had to let you know. It so good I almost read it on one sitting! Finished the last chapter this morning with coffee. One amazing good, great book! I’m curious about the movie. I bet it won’t have as much as the book. Movies never do. Great Sunday!


  2. Also plan to read The Guernsey Literary SND Potatoe Peel Society I saw a U-tube clip of the movie looked so good!

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  3. I just saw a U-tube clip of it on Lorilee Crackers blog and that’s when I wanted to read the book. I always wanna read the book!

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