2014 Summer Reading (and Writing) Plans

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2014 Summer Reading (and Writing) Plans

I’m done. It’s that time of year.

  • Formal homeschool lessons are done for a couple of months.
  • Therapeutic riding classes are over for the summer.
  • We’re taking an OT break this summer.
  • Dance lessons are over until fall.
  • Regular Wednesday night activities at church are over. (Although summer activities begin soon.)
  • Regular Sunday night church activities are over. (There will be scattered activities until our formal program begins again in the fall.)

Everything is winding down, and we have some uninterrupted days and evenings stretching ahead of us. And we have plans. Big plans.

First, we plan to do a lot of reading. The kids are going to participate in the public library’s summer reading program like we have every summer since BookGirl was 2. BookGirl plans to do double duty and lots of extra reading since she has challenged herself to complete the reading challenge in the latest issue of Clubhouse.

I’m going to read too. Reading is a part of who I am, and when I get too busy (like during the school year) to do it often, I miss it and begin to feel out of sorts. Some books on my summer reading list include:

There are more on my “books to read” list, but I’m going to start with these. I won’t be able to do nothing except read because we’ll be swimming, seeing “cheap” movies at Cinemark’s Summer Movie Clubhouse, taking advantage of Kids Bowl Free, going to church camp, attending Teach Them Diligently Convention in Dallas, going on an in-state mission trip as a family, and . . .

I’m finally going to settle in and write a book.

If I’m going to really be able to get a lot of this book written in June and July, I’m not going to be able to spend much time blogging, but I don’t want to lose touch with you. So . . .

I’m inviting you to read with me this summer.

You can read one of the books on my list (I hope to read them all but may not get all of them finished), or you can read something you’ve wanted to read for a while. Either way, join me here on Thursdays to chat! I’ll share the books I’ve been reading and what I think about them, what I’ve learned, or how God has spoken to me through them. Then, in the comments, you can do the same about the books you’re reading! We can learn from each other, rejoice in God’s goodness to meet us where we are, and add more books to our reading lists as we hear others’ reading experiences.

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Giveaway Details

To kick off your reading, I’m giving away two of the books by Tricia Goyer from my list. (Tricia is providing these books for us!)

The giveaway is open to U.S. residents age 18 or older. The winner will be chosen at random using the plug-in And the Winner Is on Sunday, June 1, 2014, at 9:00 pm CDT.

The first winner chosen will receive the book By the Light of the Silvery Moon, and the second winner chosen will receive Blue Like Play Dough. Only one entry (comment) per household. Duplicate entries (comments) and comments left after the giveaway ends will be deleted.

The winners will be notified by email within 24 hours of the end of the giveaway and will have 24 hours to respond and provide me with the requested information so I can pass it on to Tricia, who will send you the book. If I don’t hear from a winner within 24 hours, I will choose another winner.

If you would like to enter this giveaway, please leave a comment and tell me:

What’s the first book you plan to read this summer? Why?

See you next week!

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18 Responses to 2014 Summer Reading (and Writing) Plans

  1. Sarah Shotts says:

    Right now I’m in the middle of The Wheel of Time (a fantasy series by Robert Jordan), but when I finish that up I want to read Quiet by Susan Cain. :)

  2. That clean cuisine book could be helpful to FMS sufferers (it’s not a nerve issue – it’s chronically inflamed muscles). I’m looking at that book now. 😀

  3. Cristi says:

    I’ve been wanting to read “Hands Free Mama” for a while, but the top book on my Kindle right now is “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode.”

  4. Amy says:

    I just started Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. The beginning has made me cry

  5. Geez Louise! My list is pretty long! I guess my first book I plan to finish is Four Blood Moons by John Hagee and then starting the Striking a Match series by Tracie Peterson. This does not include the reading I’ll be doing with my kids (I think I get more excited about their new or library books than they do)!

  6. Lisa says:

    I have so many to finish reading :) I really want to finish Raising Real Men by Hal and Melanie Young. Unglued by Lysa Terkeurst may be next :) I have 5 kiddos and 3 are boys 😉

  7. I’m in the middle of … Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe by Jenny Lee Sulpizio and next on my list is Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine.

  8. Jennifer Medina says:

    I am reading all 5 in 1 of “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” first. I haven’t done as much pleasure reading as I really need to this past year. I allowed myself to get swamped in other projects and whereas that is great for those projects, I lose part of me by not reading.

  9. Lena says:

    I have a couple of books about a certain style of homeschool to read, also hoping to read the Bible before my birthday in August. :)

  10. Alicia says:

    The first book I plan to read is “A Little Salty to cut the Sweet.” I want to read this because I am trying to read all the books I got at conference last year but haven’t gotten the chance yet.

  11. valrie says:

    The first book I plan to read is Laughing your Way to Grace because my church is having a discussion about it soon!

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