On The Bookshelf


On The Bookshelf

With summer closing quickly and only one week left until my kids start back to school, I wanted to get some more reading done, before the absolute rush of the school year overtakes me.

I have a number of books on my current bookshelf to read, have just finished reading, or am in the process of reading.  I typically am enjoying three books at the same time.  One book is read with the children at night during bedtime, another is one that I am enjoying on my own, and the third is listened to in the car as we are out and about.   The ones with stars below I am reading with the children:

  • A number of Alex Berenson novels (thrillers – being passed around our family)
  • Why A Daughter Needs A Dad: 100 Reasons – by Lang
  • Brent Weeks – The Lightbringer Series
  • Rooted in Love: Our Calling as Catholic Women by O’Boyle
  • Cruising World (A Sailing Magazine)
  • Wings of Fire: The Dragonets of Destiny*
  • The Hidden Gallery – The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #2 by Mary Rose Wood* (Audio books)

I’ve also been working on keeping little ears from hearing things that they shouldn’t.  I’m guilty of turning the radio to pop music while we’re out and about.  It was Slow Fade, performed by Casting Crows, that really reminded me that I needed to make more of an effort to protect the little ears.  We started listening to audio books in the car, and the children now ask when we’re going for a ride again.

I typically read fantasy, science fiction, thrillers, and self improvement type books.  Here is my GoodReads profile for more of our family’s picks.

What books are on your bookshelf to be read?

Disclaimer:  My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own.



  1. says

    Awesome! I have read 7 books so far this summer. I read Gone Girl, Looking for Alaska, a few of the True Blood books and a few others! I am going to finish the True Blood series before starting something else!

  2. says

    In the past couple of years I’ve started reading more too. I prefer autobiographies/biographies over fiction, but still enjoy a good science fiction novel every once in a while.

  3. says

    Thanks for inspiring me…I spend so much time blogging and homeschooling – I forget about ME time, I need to pick back up with pleasure reading. This year I’m doing a book club with my son focusing on classic English Literature. He’s 13 and loves his Harry Potter/Hardy Boys, any suggestions?

    • Elizabeth says

      Brent Weeks’ titles that I mentioned have some brief, but not age appropriate parts, so I won’t recommend those. What about Eragon?

  4. says

    I tend to read a lot of historical fiction. Once in a blue moon I pick up a contemporary novel but I just have a thing for the past.

  5. Catherine S says

    My son and I have been doing a lot of ready over the summer break as well. We both just finished The Giver and plan on seeing the movie the weekend. I will be checking out some of the ones on your list.

  6. says

    Haven’t heard of any of those books, but I’m sure they are great. I’m currently reading Atlas Shrugged and as I’m nearing the end I really need to start thinking about what’s next.

  7. says

    I have several on queue on my shelf. I have J.K. Rowling’s Casual Vacancy, Mitch Albn Have a Little Faith and Tilly Bagshawe Sydney Sheldon Novel the Tides of Memory.

  8. says

    I always have several books to read lined up and ready to go. I use my tablet because it is better on my eyes I think, at least I can read it better. I can’t do the audio books because it just doesn’t sink in without reading it. Right now I am reading Sycamore Row by John Grisham. It is a sequel to his #1 book A Time To Kill. It’s really good. Next in line is a Nora Roberts book The Collector, then a Danielle Steel, I like all kinds of books.

  9. Bonnie @ wemake7 says

    The only books on our shelves are definitely kids books since we have 5 kiddos. =) That’s a great shelf of books you have there.

  10. says

    Some of the song choices in public places makes me scratch my head (like the fair where they know there are going to be a lot of kids). And speaking of protecting little ears, I heard a commercial twice yesterday that was advertising retro kid cartoons (we’re talking rated G cartoons), and it said, ‘H&*l yeah!’ I thought I was hearing things the first time, the second time it was clear. And in the store I recently saw a shirt for grammar-school aged children that said the same word on it. #crazy!

  11. Rebecca Swenor says

    I have never thought of reading anything other than the children’s books with the kids. I love that idea. You have a great list here, Thanks for sharing.

  12. says

    I fell very behind in my Summer reading and hav a stack of 10 books I need to finish and review before Summer ends! Eeek!! You have been busy. I don’t have any of those currently on my shelves, but would probably like to read them!

  13. says

    I just bought Begin with Yes. I’ve read some of it. In the book there was a little list to make, so I put the book down and went to sleep. Never to pick it back up again. I want to follow through with this little book. Where is the time?

  14. says

    midnight house book sounds very interesting to me. i rarely read books now but i do collect fashion beauty books that i haven’t touch yet hahaha

  15. says

    Wow, I just realized the summer is nearly over, and I have yet to read one book! I am definitely interested in reading Why a daughter needs a dad, I’m sure it can give me insight to many things in my life.

  16. Melissa Smith says

    I’m quite the opposite & am looking for some down time to be able to read after the kids go back to school. Gone Girl just so happens to be at the top of my list.

  17. says

    I have a TON of books on my to-read list. Right now I’m working on an age book challenge (Check it out here: http://www.welcometoerinsworld.com/age-book-challenge/). I’m listening to Without Remorse, Reading Lolita in Tehran and Crime & Punishment. It depends on my mood as to which one I’ll listen to each day. They’re all really good. Tomorrow I’m picking up a new one from the library (Silver Shadows) and I think that one will be finished in a few days. I love books!

  18. Emma T says

    That’s alot of books in one go. I used to do the same as a child, but now I’m struggling to read any books. I have a pile of around 50 to read – mostly mystery, murder, chick lit, contemporary fiction.

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