Style Me Bloggers: My Summer Reading List

One of my favorite things about summer is having that slower pace which allows for more time to do things you love to do but maybe don’t have much time for during the school year. For me that thing is reading. I am always reading but the amount of books I get to finish in a month increases in the summer because of the fewer obligations. So here’s what’s on my summer reading list:


1. The Harry Potter series

I am late to the party on this one. I didn’t let my kids read them when they were young but I’m glad I did that. I had been told that the books get progressively darker and that is very true. So now that my teens have all read them, I’m ready to read them as well. I’m on book 6 right now and I must say that I’m really enjoying them. I’ve watched the first movie and my daughter and I have been to Universal’s Harry Potter World.

Lunch-in-Paris picnic in provence

2. Lunch in Paris, Picnic in Provence

These came recommended by Deena of Shoes to Shiraz. I checked them out of the library but then I started HP so I returned them unread. As soon as I finish the last HP book, I’ll get back to these. J’adore la France so I really think I’ll like these. Speaking of books that take place in France, have you read any Peter Mayle? If you have not, run to your library, bookstore or Amazon to get his first book A Year in Provence. And then let me know if you liked it. And then you can continue with Toujour Provence and Encore Provence.

what love is

3. What Love Is

I have a great group of friends who meet together for a bible study every summer. This summer we decided to do Kelly Minter’s new study. We met for the first time yesterday and I can already tell I’m gonna love this study. It’s the kind of accountability I need, not to mention girl-time and deep sharing. *Happy sigh* I love living in community.

wild orchid

4. Wild Orchid

I read this on my last trip because I had finished HP book 5 and hadn’t brought book 6 with me. Since I work for a literature company I started reading this one and I really enjoyed it! But then again I liked the movie Mulan. This book is a retelling of the Ballad of Mulan but it’s quite different than the movie.


5. 20th Century Literature

Then I need to get cracking on reading through the books in my daughter’s curriculum for next year. I need to cull some of the books so reading them will help me figure out which ones stay and which ones can go. I’ve read some of them already since my son did this level this year but there are more to read.

I’d love to hear what’s on your reading list! Tell me in the comments!

Can’t wait to see what my blogging buddies will be reading. I’ll be sure to take notes!

About Sheila @ Making the Most of Every Day

I'm a wife, mom, and a homeschool teacher. I'm always behind on housework and paper pile sorting. I'm fond of this crazy life but not of melted cheese. I want to follow hard after God, making each day really count. I like to run, read, cook (and eat!). Thanks for joining along on my journey!

12 thoughts on “Style Me Bloggers: My Summer Reading List

  1. Yay for the Harry Potter series! I’m re-reading those too and watching the movies…but I may take a break until the fall. I hope you enjoy the France books. I have a couple of the recipes dogearred to try out this summer.

  2. I’ve never actually read the Harry Potter series but I’m pretty sure we have them all because I KNOW my husband has read them… I should get on that!

  3. So interested in the books that are in your daughter’s curriculum. How do you decide which books to use? Is there a curriculum guide you follow, home schooling curriculum of some sort? I am very interested and would love to know more.

    1. The curriculum we use is literature-based and because of that each level can be used with a range of ages. I buy the package and it comes with the books and the Instructor’s Guide which has a schedule (lesson plans) and all the teaching notes. Last year she did Core 100. We are skipping 200 and this year she is doing Core 300. You can check out the website at Did I answer your questions? Is there anything else you want to know?

  4. I need to go back and read the Harry Potter series again – it’s one of my favorites. Thanks for all the new books for my list!

  5. I was going to start reading the Harry Potter books to my kids, something to do together. I may wait until they are a little older. I watched most of the movies and I definitely remember them getting darker.

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