Summer is for . . . Reading!

In that day the deaf will hear words read from a book,
    and the blind will see through the gloom and darkness.
The humble will be filled with fresh joy from the Lord.

(Isaiah 29:18-19a)


My summer reading list tends to be ambitious. I am a book nibbler. And so books that I never finish keep making it back on to my list each summer. Slaughterhouse Five captures my attention, and I like the voice of the narrator, but for some reason I put it down before finishing. I’ve never read the complete trilogy of The Lord of the  Rings, although I have seen the movies and remember fondly finishing The Hobbit in seventh grade. My first long book followed by Little Women sealed my  love for reading great stories.

I like to dip into fiction and non-fiction. Therefore my list includes a little bit of each.

Besides the books pictured above, which include a devotional and the Literary Study Bible, I will be reading through Jesus Calling and The Language of Letting Go. I try to read from each of these and the Scriptures daily. My journaling friend, Dawn, just recommended a great resource for a Bible reading plan, where you read a different genre from the Bible each day of the week.

My love for journaling has been rekindled through Dawn’s enthusiasm for the topic, so I was searching Pinterest for some resources and journaling prompts. One blogger includes a list of books about journaling in the linked post.

To me keeping a journal and reading go hand in hand. I write about what I read. I can process what a Scripture means to me through writing about it. I record quotes in my journal or a favorite verse from the Bible. If a word catches my attention, I grab my favorite dictionary to look up its meaning. There’s nothing like a dictionary dig to satisfy this word loving heart of mine.

What books do you want to read this summer?