My 2014 Summer Reading List

Besides Seattle’s Best Level 4 Medium-Dark & Rich Coffee, two of my favorite things are making lists and reading good books, and even though we don’t take summers off from school, all of the summer reading lists popping up online are pressuring me into making my own 🙂

So, here’s what’s on my 2014 Summer Reading List, by category. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll get at least a few of these read in the midst of school and preparing for baby because I’m still a ways off from my 2014 goal of 40 books.

Summer 2014 Reading List

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Spiritual Growth

Philemon; 1, 2, 3 John {Community Bible Study}

The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian

Bought with Blood: The Divine Exchange at the Cross by Derek Prince


Simply Homeschool: 2nd Edition- Have Less Fluff & Bear More Fruit by Karen DeBeus

Parenting in the Pew: Guiding Your Child into the Joy of Worship by Robbie Castleman

Pocketful of Pinecones: Nature Study with the Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola

On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep by Gary Ezzo {re-read}


Emma by Jane Austen {re-read, Book Club} (FREE for Kindle on Amazon)

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Family Read-Alouds

Adam & His Kin: The Lost History of Their Lives & Times by Ruth Beechick {History}

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

For more Summer Reading book ideas, check out these posts:

Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide

Summer Reading List by Rebecca of Mom’s Mustard Seeds

Do you have a Summer Reading List? Any book(s) I should add to mine?


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  1. Power of a Praying Wife is really good. And I love Baby Wise! I also love reading out loud as a family! Your list looks great, I’m going to read Emma, that would be a good challenge for me.
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  2. Still trying to figure out my summer reading list… This helps!:)

  3. Tozer’s book is one of my favorites. And, Babywise is a book I’ve read after every birth. Thanks for sharing your list! I’m always looking for good read-alouds for my kids.
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    • I’m looking forward to reading Tozer’s book too. It’s for a Christian leadership retreat. And I always read “Babywise” before giving birth to prepare for new baby. Thanks for commenting.

  4. I always love seeing summer reading lists of others. I always have a running list of “to read” books. I am now trying to choose which will be my summer reads. It was fun to visit from Whimsical Wed.! Have a great week!
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    • Me, too, Joanne! I love to get new book ideas from other readers 🙂 Hope you find something good to read! Blessings to you.

  5. I loved Pocketful of Pinecones! It was such a gentle way to inspire a mother towards nature study. Also, anything by Jane Austen is sure to bring pleasure in those quiet moments. I would add Stepping Heavenward if you haven’t yet read it. My all time favorite! Thanks for sharing at the Art of Home-Making Mondays 🙂
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  6. Parenting in the Pew looks really interesting! Can’t wait to hear how you like it. I may have to add it to my list. My reading has been nonexistent the past couple of months so I haven’t even started Persuasion yet. I’m also starting Start, Surprised by Motherhood, and Praying for Boys

    • Deanna, Parenting in the Pew is great! I have totally highlighted it to death! We don’t have children’s church or nursery for kids over 2 so this book has offered a wealth of ideas for how to instill a worship ethic into our kids instead of simply telling them to sit still and be quiet. Highly recommend it!

      I’d like to read “Start” and “Surprised by Motherhood” too. Let us know how you like them!
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      • Okay, I’ll definitely have to get it then! We have nursery/children’s church but choose not to use them. I need some new ideas/encouragement/motivation to do more than just bring them to church and hope Kenna behaves. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing!

        • Deanna, I found this copy at Goodwill although I’d been eyeing it at Lifeway for a while. I hate to pay full price for a book. So, I’d check used bookstores or Amazon. It is really a good book if you want to teach your children to worship with you. She does suggest beginning when your child is 4. I have two under 4 but we’re still trying to incorporate some of her ideas with them, especially the 3 year old.