What’s On Our Shelf: Summer Reads
Spring is finally here. And while we don’t yet know what the summer will look like this year, you better believe our team is stocking up on books for summer reading. Whether we are on vacation or our own back porches, we will still be reading! We are excited to share with you what’s on our shelf.
What’s On My Shelf
I am loving thrillers right now. I’ve seen the compelling cover of Lisa Jewell’s “Then She Was Gone” for months now (yes, I judge books by their covers), and I finally added it to Target cart last order. I have a feeling this will be read in one weekend by the pool. I first heard about Rebecca Serle’s “In Five Years” from Grace Atwood, and then a good friend of mine told me she read it in 24 hours. I can’t help it. I love sad romances and can’t wait to dig into this one. Finally, I am counting down the minutes until Megan Miranda releases her next book, “The Girl from Widow Hills,” in June. I wrote about one of her books last year. She is one of my favorites!
What’s On Heather’s Shelf
I began reading Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah this past Mother’s Day weekend when my family gave me some uninterrupted alone time and an escape through reading became my refuge. Chronicling the relationship between two best friends – from their childhood meeting in the seventies to their adulthood challenges decades later – Tully and Kate couldn’t be more different. The book has been turned into an original Netflix series starring Katherine Heigl, releasing later this year. I love this part of the book description from Amazon. They had me at “for anyone who ever drank Boone’s Farm.”
“Firefly Lane is for anyone who ever drank Boone’s Farm apple wine while listening to Abba or Fleetwood Mac. More than a coming-of-age novel, it’s the story of a generation of women who were both blessed and cursed by choices. It’s about promises and secrets and betrayals. And ultimately, about the one person who really, truly knows you—and knows what has the power to hurt you . . . and heal you. Firefly Lane is a story you’ll never forget . . . one you’ll want to pass on to your best friend.”
What’s On Devin Lee’s Shelf
Since we read quite often for work, I’m not always the best at reading for pleasure. However, during quarantine many audible book services offered free books or extended trails. I took advantage of these offers and fell in love through flying through a handful of books! I even signed up Audible to continue this new found love. I’m currently listening to Untamed by Glennon Doyle, and WOW, it’s fantastic. Glennon narrates this book herself making it even more powerful as she talks through difficult events in her life that lead her to an Untamed state of mine. While my life is very different, then Glennon’s I find myself in her stories as she’s walking me through solutions and ways to handle life’s transitions. I think this book has something for every woman to learn about themselves and the other women in their lives.
What’s On Annie’s Shelf
I have found that by the end of the day – I have had enough screen time. I have made it a habit to sit on the back porch and read (thank goodness for better weather) and decompress and also to read when I get into bed. This helps my brain to wind down and the endless lists in my mind to quiet themselves until tomorrow. About a year ago, I read the first Karen Kingsbury series, Redemption. I am now on the second series, Firstborn, and am completely captivated all over again. This family, their story and the way Karen writes are exactly what my heart needs – especially during this chaotic time. I hope these books encourage you the way that they encourage me!
What’s on Maddie’s Shelf
This season has brought on a multitude of emotions. Some have been beneficial, like a feeling of peace or solitude that’s been missing for a long time. But there has also been quite a bit of disappointment. We’re all mourning the loss of expected life experiences during this time, and Lysa TerKeurst’s “It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leaves You Shattered” is the book I didn’t know I needed. Her words speak directly into the feelings I had been afraid to admit. It’s OK to be disappointed. It’s OK to feel overwhelmed. It’s OK to question God. Each chapter has allowed me to move forward and find a refreshing viewpoint on the mess that we’re all experiencing. If you’re feeling stuck or in the quarantine funk, I promise this book will meet you where you are.
What’s On Kristina’s Shelf
During quarantine, I made it a priority to try and spend some time alone. While I usually spend this time sitting in a nail salon enjoying a manicure and pedicure, Instead I made it a priority to end my days with a bit of reading. The first book I read was “Open Book” by Jessica Simpson. As soon as I opened it, I was instantly hooked. Jessica invites every reader into her private life. From her painful childhood memories, her first marriage to Nick Lachey, her struggle with body image, the problematic relationships leading to her 2nd marriage, and the struggles with family and success. Jessica is open, honest, you feel as though she is sitting right across from you, personally telling you her story. I recommend this book to all women looking for the strength to open up. You don’t have to be a pop star for your story to matter and make a difference.
We definitely want to add your suggestions to our list! Share what you are reading this summer.