What I’m Reading {June2016}


What I'm Reading {June 2016} || Book Recommendations by Teri Lynne Underwood

What happens to a girl who loves to read when her life has been full of end of school activities, writing projects, and no down time? She gets cranky, that’s what! Until she remembers it’s June … which means VACATION and time to read all those books stacked up on her nightstand {well, a few of them anyway … let’s be honest, that TBR stack is a little like Mt. Everest}. Included on my June reading list is some fiction guaranteed to be so engrossing, you won’t even be able to hear your kids clamoring from the back seat, “Are we there yet?”

Also, in the interest of honesty {and my somewhat expensive book habit}, I should tell you the links in this post are affiliate links. All that means is if you decide to purchase any of these books via the links provided, I’ll receive a small commission to Amazon which basically insures there will be more of these What I’m Reading posts in the future.

My friend Sandra always gives me the best recommendations. We both have a serious fondness for YA fiction. She’s the one who told me about The Selection series by Kiera Cass which the college girls in my church are reading because I loved them so much. Well, except the last two books … skip them. Trust me. You won’t really be missing anything. {Unless you’re like me and absolutely must read every book in a series even when you feel sure the ending will leave you disappointed … and then go ahead and read them. The lackluster ending won’t be as big a deal to you as it is to other people.} Also, I should say how much I enjoyed the novellas that accompany this series. So fun to get to dig a little deeper into supporting characters’ lives.

The Selection || The Elite || The One || The Heir || The Crown || The Favorite || The Queen || The Guard || The Prince

Since that series worked out so well for me, I’ve got these books in the queue for vacation reading based on Sandra’s suggestions: The Serpent King by Jeff Zetzner and The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig.

Reading suggestions for summer — including fiction and nonfiction.

For those of you who prefer more grown-up reading fare, check out Anna Quindlan’s Every Last One. Y’all, I loved it. I got it on our Spring Break trip and devoured it. Ge this one if you’ve got a long car ride and you won’t even notice the kids fighting in the back seat.

My Aunt Judy, who is a retired librarian, recommended The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney so it’s also on my list.

If you’re looking for great nonfiction I have only one recommendation right now — None Like Him:10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and why that’s a good thing) by Jen Wilkin. Jen is one of the best Bible teachers I’ve ever heard or read. I loved Women of the Word and pre-ordered None Like Him the day I first heard about it. It did not disappoint.

Here are the three nonfiction books I’ve moved to the top of the list for this month Loving my Actual Life by Alexandra Kuykendall {because, yes, I’m sure I need this encouragement!}, The Christ-Centered Home: Inviting Jesus In by Emily Belle Freeman and Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans.

And if you want a fun way to find new books, share what you’re reading, and find out what others are enjoying, check out Litsy. It’s like if Instagram and Goodreads had a baby. I’ve just started playing with it but I love how easy it is to share quotes and images of books. And I’d love for you to join me there. I’m TeriLynneU — find me!

Oh and I’ll be joining the She Reads Truth community starting June 6 for their Acts study if you are looking for a Bible study this summer.

So, there you go … some fun suggestions for summer reading. I’m sure I’ll read more than what’s listed {which is why you should totally follow me on Litsy!} … but these are the ones firmly on my list.

What books do I need to add to my reading list for the summer?


Teri Lynne

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  1. “The Nest” is on my TBR list too–and it’s on my library hold list. I’m currently reading “Rocking Ordinary” as part of a launch team, and it’s good so far.

    • Pattie, I almost bought it three times this weekend. But knew once I have it in my hands, I will want to start reading immediately. So, I’m waiting to order from Amazon right before we go on vacation later this month. 🙂

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