Summer Reading: Grab (at least) One of These

Summer makes a book better. Maybe it’s the weather…or the beach…or the years of counting down those final, creeping seconds before school let out.

When making a “to-read” list, it’s helpful to have recommendations. Mine is ever growing. Good readers don’t waste their time with dull books, and I’m always curious as to which ones they have found worthy of the list. Of the dozens on that lineup, here are 5 that grabbed my interest until the end.


The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe


Have you ever been sad after eating a sundae? Not “eat your emotions” sad. More like “this was the best sundae I’ve ever had and now I want more sundae” sad. That’s what it felt like when I finished Wolfe’s version of the Gemini space saga.

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle


If this one doesn’t make your list, get the cliff notes in this post: “Phone Smart- How to Live Untethered (Realistically)”.

The God Who Is There by Francis Schaeffer


He ranks with the brightest evangelical minds of the 20th century. His approachable writing style both sharpens the faith of Christians and helps with the philosophical hang-ups of others.


Ready, Player One by Ernest Cline


If an ’80s arcade and The Hunger Games had a kid together, it would look like this. And it looks awesome.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith


Do you enjoy Civil War history, but want more vampires? You’re in luck. The book is nothing like the movie. But it’s exactly like the 16th President- unique, battle torn, and sort of weird looking. Beach reading was made for this one.

What’s another book I need to add to my list?

One thought on “Summer Reading: Grab (at least) One of These

  1. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. This is becoming mine and my wife’s favorite. It is about a short order cook who is writing out his memoirs. He leads and unusual life, he see ghosts.


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