Sharing My Summer Reading List: What's on Yours?


Every year for the last nine, I’ve participated in our local library’s summer reading program.

Now that I have kids, they participate too.

It’s a little crazy, really. To get the gold star at the end of the program (though the first year, they really roped me in with a travel mug!), you have to read something like 11 or 12 books in eight weeks.

Madness, I tell you!

I cushion my choices, especially when I’m pregnant or nursing or having a rough time reading a lot, with a lot of YA. (Hey, I want that gold star!)

This year, I’ve made myself a bit of a list for my summer reading, and I’m already getting excited about it.

Here’s the short list I’m starting with:


  • Mr. Blue, by Myles Connolly, which will be a delightful reread. Bonus: it’s short (but deep)
  • Till We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis, which I have meant to read for, um, a couple of years at least
  • Manalive, by G.K. Chesterton, because I love Chesterton and I’ve heard this is a great read


  • The Tripods Attack, by John McNichol, which is the first in the Young Chesterton Series and that I’ve had waiting for me for quite some time
  • Stoop of Mastodon Meadow, by Daniel McInerny, which is the second in the Patria series, and which I can’t wait to dive into (my seven-year-old has started the first)
  • Leviathan, by Scott Westerfield


I know I’ll be adding a book or two (and possibly swapping a book or two out), but it’s fun to have a starting list.

What’s on YOUR summer reading list?

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When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Three Shots and follow her writing at Snoring Scholar.


  1. So many good choices and so little time. Thanks for sharing your picks!! I’m pondering an audible account to help me get through my massive reading stack. On my list for this summer (not necessarily in this order): Platform, Thrift Store Saints: Meeting Jesus 25 at a Time, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail and the huge stack of recent Catholic releases I have sitting on my desk. So many great options!

  2. I definitely have that temperament book on my wish list! As soon as I get both kids’ summer reading lists, it’ll be time to go book shopping.
    I think that a good summer goal for me would be to get through 4 books I’ve already purchased but never read (those will be spur-of-the-moment choices) plus the Bennett’s 3 temperament books–the new one, and 2 re-reads. And I might just have to re-read “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” which I read at least once a summer throughout my teenage years.

  3. I read “The Temperament God gave Your Kids” and it is a great one! I highly recommend it. I just finished reading my first book by Ralph McInerny (compliments of the list in Catholic Digest!) and I have fallen in love with his literary style. I read it in two days! Also, I bought Catholic Philosopher Chick Makes her Debut after reading so many great reviews and enjoyed it, too. Thanks for the great list!

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