Personal ponderings from a natural night-owl!

June is mere weeks away, and that means summer reading time is here! I’ll be looking for a few good books to read. Do you have any recommendations?

I have only 4 books on my list right now:

1. Randy Pausch’s “The Last Lecture.” I’m currently 17th in line for it at the local public library, so it might be a while yet!

2. “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman, only because I’ve heard a few people talking about it and it’s popped up on a few blogs.

3. Cokie Roberts’ “Founding Mothers: The Women who Raised our Nation” recommended by my DAR chapter regent who is an avid reader.

4. I would also like to read Diane Rehm‘s book “Finding my Voice” as she is an NPR radio talk show host who I very much admire.

I also need to catch up with authors Tami Hoag and James Patterson. And I might do a little Harry Potter review reading, since there’s another movie due out this fall and oldest daughter Emily has now read book 7 more than I have!

Now, I am a fast reader, so that whole list of books up there will only get me a few weeks into June. I need more ideas!

How about you? What books do YOU hope to read this summer? Tell me via the comments and maybe I an expand my reading list.

Comments on: "Read Any Good Books Lately?" (9)

  1. Happy Friday to you too Debbie!

    I used to read ALL the time, but have been slacking. I have had Eragon sitting on my nightstand for too long now as well as The Birth of Venus. Eragon was for book club and the other just for fun. I seem to be reading Goodnight Moon and Peek-a-boo Baby around the clock thanks to my one-year-old!!!

  2. Lisa,

    Ah yes, we should not neglect such classics as “Moo, Baa, La, La, La” and “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.” Don’t worry – in a few years your little lovebug will be reading by herself and won’t WANT you to read to her! (And no, I was NOT sad when it happened to me).

    I’ve not read Eragon, though the movie looked interesting. I just googled “The Birth of Venus” and it looks good! I loved Florence both times I was there.

    Thanks for the recommendations. I have added both to my “to read” list for this summer!

  3. Jennifer Wagner said:

    Just finished The Five Love Languages for Singles — which I am sure is not much different than the one you read. (I have heard there is 5 LL for Teens, For Couples, etc!) By Gary Chapman.

    And just finished and LOVED — Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. For me — lifechanging!!!

    Also — reading The 5 Languages of Apology by Gary Chapman and Jennifer Thomas and When the Game is Over It All Goes Back into the Box by John Ortberg.

    For Fun: I enjoy Jan Karon and Karen Kingsbury. (And sidenote, I babysat for KK while living in Canoga Park.) :)

    Smiles — Thanks for sharing your list.

  4. “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman, only because I’ve heard a few people talking about it and it’s popped up on a few blogs.”

    I read this years ago and it was very helpful! He has written for Children too.
    What’s you love language?

  5. Debbie,
    I have a few articles that you might be interested in and/or books on rejoining the workforce after having been a stay-at-home Mom. Any James Patterson books you read let me know as I’d like to catch up on my reading once school, the wedding, and moving are done.

  6. Hiya – followed your comment link from Jules’ photo class. I just finished “The Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett for the umpteenth time- just as satisfying as the first time I read it years ago!

  7. Great suggestions, everyone! I can’t wait to hit the library, redeem some Borders Reward dollars, and lounge by the pool reading!

    Here’s another book I heard about on NPR that I’m adding to my list: The Soloist by Steve Lopez. Here’s the book summary from Scurrying back to his office one day, Lopez, a columnist for the L.A. Times, is stopped short by the ethereal strains of a violin. Searching for the sound, he spots a homeless man coaxing those beautiful sounds from a battered two-string violin. When the man finishes, Lopez compliments him briefly and rushes off to write about his newfound subject, Nathaniel Ayers, the homeless violinist. Over the next few days, Lopez discovers that Nathaniel was once a promising classical bass student at Juilliard, but that various pressures—including being one of a few African-American students and mounting schizophrenia—caused him to drop out. Enlisting the help of doctors, mental health professionals and professional musicians, Lopez attempts to help Nathaniel move off Skid Row, regain his dignity, develop his musical talent and free himself of the demons induced by the schizophrenia (at one point, Lopez arranges to have Ayers take cello lessons with a cellist from the L.A. Symphony). Throughout, Lopez endures disappointments and setbacks with Nathaniel’s case, questions his own motives for helping his friend and acknowledges that Nathaniel has taught him about courage and humanity. With self-effacing humor, fast-paced yet elegant prose and unsparing honesty, Lopez tells an inspiring story of heartbreak and hope. (Apr.)
    Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. I just finished “The Last Lecture” a few weeks ago. It was very good and is a fast read. I plan to re-read it again soon.
    Some of my favorites are “Failing Forward” and “Thinking For A Change” both by John Maxwell. I have learned a lot from many of his books, but these two are my favorites so far.

  9. Well, my relaxing summer has yet to materialize! Fun, yes, but not relaxing per se. I did read the Randy Pausch book. Broke out the tissues by page 8. I’ve also read a couple of fluff books I picked up along the way. Still working on the Cokie Roberts book and haven’t even made it to the library yet! But there’s still time.

    @Melanie – I LOVED John Maxwell. Check out “Dare to Dream, Work to Win” by Tom Barrett. I think that’s another author you’d like.

    @dlyn – Thanks for the suggestion!

    @Dawn – Thanks, but NO thanks! I have no interest in rejoining the workforce in any traditional sense. No matter what anyone says, 99% of businesses are NOT family friendly.

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