Summer Reading List

 

Summer is here which means your usual routine has gone to you know where. For some of you, that means you are participating in all the summer activities with your kids, leaving you very little personal time. For others, your kids might be off at the grandparents, camp or just old enough to not want to hang out with you 24-7, leaving you with more 'me-time' than normal. However you're summering, here's a few books that have been on our nightstand for you to consider picking up.    

Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah

A novel of the first order that shines a light on so many unspoken meanings about race, class and power threaded through the lens of a love story. The book leaves you wanting more. Here's to hoping there's a sequel! 

The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

The Nightengale

There aren't enough tissues for the tears cried reading this novel. I've read my fair share of World War II books, but nothing that highlights the role of women amidst that horrific part of history. A story of two very different sisters and their own personal stories of rebellion, love and ultimately freedom. You won't be able to put it down. You'll be itching to get those kids in bed so you can curl up with this in a corner somewhere.  

To Shake the Sleeping Self - Jedidiah Jenkins 

To Shake the Sleeping Self

Okay, who here follows Ruthie Lindsay? Well, her bestie, Jedidiah Jenkins, wrote about his sixteen month cycling trip from Oregon to Patagonia. It's so much more than just a bike ride though. He contemplates his sexual identity, his conservative Christian upbringing and how travel is so perspective shifting and life-giving. A thought provoking memoir that might even leave you questioning a lot of things you yourself were questioning.  
June 17, 2019 by Jaclyn Dowdle