My Summer Reads List

During the summer months, we are often engaged in a lot of activity that requires that we remain on the go most of the time. However, it is also a good thing to carve out some time for good, old fashioned summer reading. Scripture reminds us that “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad (Proverbs 12:25).” This is a reminder to relax!

So, dust off that pile of books that you have been vowing to read, and begin your journey. If you need some recommendations, below are a few titles that I will be reading this summer, as well as some that I am recommending as “must reads.”



1. “Dust Tracks on a Road” — Author: Zora Neale Hurston

2. “The Big Sea” — Author: Langston Hughes

3. “I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced” — Author: Nujood Ali and Delphine Minoui

4. “The Summer We Read Gatsby” — Author: Danielle Ganek

5. “Sweat” — Author: Zora Neale Hurston (Currently reading)

6. “Demons in the Crawlspace” — Author: Gino Brogdon (Oberlin College Classmate– I’m so proud of him)


Below are the books and some classics that I have enjoyed and recommend as “Must Reads:”

1. “Loving Frank” — Author: Nancy Horan (Couldn’t put this one down — A long forgotten piece of history
about Frank Lloyd Wright)

2. “My Life in France” — Author: Julia Child (I can now see why she was such an icon)

3. “Travels with Charley” — Author: John Steinbeck (This one gives you the courage to just get up and go)

4. “The Autobiography of Malcom X” — Author: Malcom X as told to Alex Haley (Consider Yourself Deprived
If You Haven’t Read It)

5. “The Invisible Man” — Author: Ralph Ellison (This is My All Time Favorite Book)

6. “The Alchemist” — Author: Paulo Coelho (Reminds One that Life is a Great Journey)

7. “Too Much Tuscan Sun” — Author: Dario Castagno (Hilarious and Delightful Account of A Travel Guide’s
Dealings with Americans’ Obsession with All Things Italian)

8. “The Thunder of Silence” — Author: Joel S. Goldsmith (Most Powerful Book I Have Ever Read)

9. “The Roadless Travelled” — Author: M. Scott Peck (Read it 13 years after it was given to me as a gift — laughing that it took me so long to read this magnificent gem)

10. “In Search of My Mother’s Garden: Womanist Prose” — Author: Alice Walker (This book made me fall in
love with reading essays)

11. “The Kingdom of God in You” — Author: Bill Winston (Helped closed gaps in my spiritual understanding) )

12. “Interpreter of Maladies — Author: Jhumpa Lahiri (Some of the best written short stories out
there; nicely captures Bengali culture)

13. “The Power of Now” — Author: Eckhart Tolle (Teaches how and why you need to live in the present – any
other way is an illusion)

14. “In Search of Satisfaction” — Author: J. California Cooper (This author’s writings and her mastery
of the African American southern idiom gave me the courage to read Zora Neale Hurston — thank you,
Ms. Cooper)

15. “Civil Disobedience” — Author: Henry David Thoreau (The best piece on social activism I have ever read)



  1. Stephen Bess said,

    August 5, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    This is a wonderful reading list! Love the choice of books. Otherwise, how are you sister? I pray all is well. Talk to you soon.

  2. The Nest Keeper said,

    August 6, 2010 at 5:20 am

    Thanks, Stephen, for visiting the blog. If I were to make a complete list of everything I have loved reading, I wouldn’t have enough space on a page! It was fun thinking about the books that have impacted me the most. I hope you find something interesting on the list.

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