13 June 2010

Summer Reading List

To boost the incessant nagging in my mind about how boring my life is and how I've done nothing to further my writing abilities, I have decided to take a forward step and create a reading list. Not only have I put this list together, but I also plan on sticking to it. This way I'm starting with small goals and working my way to bigger ones. Plus, reading other people's work tends to inspire or at least remind me that it is possible to create entire worlds with words.

This particular list combines educational & inspirational as well as Christian with adult fiction and my favorite genre: young adult fiction. A variety of work should get my mind churning and help me release the stories buried in my brain. If you've read any of these please weigh-in your opinion so we can compare notes!

My 2010 Summer Reading List:
1) The Sookie Stackhouse Series, Books 1-3 by Charlaine Harris
2) The Last Apprentice Book 4: Attack of the Fiend by Joseph Delaney
3) Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
4) Women, Food, and God by Geneen Roth (I'm actually taking notes. journaling about its content and will be posting blogs for each chapter. Stay tuned.)
5) The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
6) Immortal by Traci L. Slatton
7) Coraline by Neil Gaiman
8) Savvy by Ingrid Law
9) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
10) Captivating by John & Staci Eldredge
11) At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon
12) Wicked by Gregory Maguire
13) Captain Wentworth's Diary by Amanda Grange
14) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
15) Conversations with God, Book 1 by Neale Donald Walsch
16) Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
17) The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
18) The Giver by Lois Lowry
19) Battles at Thrush Green by Miss Read
20) Disappointment with God by Philip Yancey

I think that's a good start. In addition to reading and exercising my imagination with these titles, I also hope to discuss them on the blog. And I shall start with "Dead Like Me" (Sookie Stackhouse series book 1) and "Women, Food, and God." Let the reading begin!


  1. I have read all of the Mitford series books. Mom, Granny and I loved them. Gentle and soft, they are. The Giver is heavy for a YA read. Interesting, but brings forth questions...

  2. I LOVE the Mitford series! I read it my freshman year in college and it brought me a little bit closer to God. Have you read "Home to Holly Springs?" The second book in that series comes out 10/19/10 and I'm giddy like a little school girl for it!

    As it's been a while since elementary school, I thought I'd reconnect with "The Giver" and perhaps adapt it into something.

    Have you read Charlaine Harris? I'm not into vampire books though I read the Twilight series just to know what the big deal was... unfortunately I spent all that time reading and still don't understand why it's so popular. Anyway, the Sookie Stackhouse novels are stacking up (pun intended) to be entertaining, interesting, and shocking. Totally worth a gander.

  3. I think I have to head to the library...thanks for the list!