Posted by: littlebitofparadise | June 29, 2012

Friday Favorites: Summer Reading

Friday Favorites: Five Favorite Summer Reads

Thanks again to everyone who joined the discussion on yesterday’s blog post 50 Shades of Emotion. I really appreciated reading what you all had to say.

On a lighter note for today’s Friday Favorites series, here are five books that make great poolside reads. These are by no means my five favorite books of all time or anything, just five titles worth recommending.

Hope you enjoy! And if you have some recommendations for me, I’d love to hear about it! I’m always on the lookout for good summer reads.

1. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett.

Now that The Help is a box-office-blowing major motion picture, pretty much everyone has heard of Kathryn’s amazing story of life in the Deep South in the 1960s. Even if you’ve already seen the movie, it’s still worth reading the book. It’s such an enjoyable, albeit emotional, story.

2. A Severe Mercy, by Sheldon Vanauken 

This is a love story like you’ve never read before. Truly, it’s an amazing book. It chronicles the love story of the author and his wife, “Davy”, who were good friends of CS Lewis. It tells the story of their first encounter with, and later conversion to, Christianity, and how they came to know, understand, and live the meaning of true love.

3. Father Elijah, by Michael O’Brien 

If you like apocalyptic literature, you must – must – read Father Elijah. It’s an incredible page-turner written by the oh-so-talented Canadian novelist Michael O’Brien. This is one of the only books I’ve stayed up almost all night to finish.

4. The Wedding, by Nicholas Sparks

Can’t help it, I feel cheesy recommending a Nick Sparks novel, but this one is special: he tells the story of a middle-aged married-for-decades couple whose love life has for the most part fizzled. As their daughter approaches her wedding day, the couple learns to love again. It’s a beautiful reminder of what it takes to make a marriage work well, and also a warning of how easy it is to get stuck in mediocrity as the years go by.

5. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, by The Countess of Carnarvon

For all you Downtown fans – yes, I know you’re out there in drones and myriads – this is the story of the REAL Downton. I first learned of the book when my sister Mary gave it to my mom for Mother’s Day. Lady Almina and the story of Highclere Castle is what Lady Cora Crawley’s character in the TV series is loosely based upon.

[Note – I also have to recommend hand and hand with this book, The World of Downton Abbey, by Julian and Jessica Fellowes. Ahhh, so much fun!]

Friday Fun Fact: Guess what?! My blog is over 2 months old already! It’s been a fun ride so far – thanks so much for reading. In the past two months I’ve had around 3,000 readers. I have no idea if that’s a “good start” number or not, since I know next to nothing about being a “real blogger” but I’m honored and humbled just the same.

And, as always: Happy Friday y’all!



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