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What’s on your summer reading list?


JAQUELLE WRITES: Summer is one of my favorite times to catch up on some reading. Dr. Albert Mohler just came out with his summer reading list, and I even compiled a list of my own. I know I want to read some heavy theology, some lighter fiction, and some mid-level biographies this summer. What are you planning to read?

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  • I finally read The Hobbit at the start of this summer and loved it. I reread Banner in the Sky, The Journal of Helene Berr, Interrupted (Jen Hatmaker)… I just ordered Wild and Free (by Jess Connolly I think). For the rest of the summer, I don’t have a super specific list, just whatever I find at the library!

  • I just read Sugarcane Academy about Hurricane Katrina by Michael Tisserand, a Maria von Trapp biography, and Emily’s Conquest by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Now I’m working on the seventh book of the Anne of Green Gables series. I hope to read The Pianist about a pianist in the Warsaw Ghetto I think. I’m also working on The Ten Faces of Innovation by Tom Kelley for an innovation camp this summer. And I’m working on You’re Loved No Matter What by Holley Gerth–it’s really good.

    • I love the Anne of Green Gables books! And that book about Maria von Trapp sounds so good! Do you remember what it was called?

      • It’s called Maria like Hailey said. I want to read the other one too, I forget what it’s called. Ha, Ha! My Mom read us the first Anne book years ago, but I just got into them this year!! I love the movies too!

      • I read a really good book once that was the true story of the sound of music told by Maria von Trapp. If you like the other one, you might check into it. I think it’s just called, “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.”

    • I have an excellent biography of Maria von Trapp; I think it’s just called Maria. I LOVE anything by L. M. Montgomery! I’ve also read The Pianist, and it was really good.

      • It seems funny, like the Montgomery books were written for children, but probably the older you are, the more you like and understand them. Cool!! Last summer I read Life in a Jar about Irena Sadler, and that was really good too! Yeah! Maria is the one I read.

        • I’ve found that what you said about the Montgomery books is very true for me regarding C. S. Lewis’ Narnia series. They’re probably my all-time favorite books, and I like them now (at 18) more than I did when I was younger. I think it’s because I’m better able to recognize and appreciate the allegorical content than I was when I was younger.

    • P.S. Last summer I read The Highlander’s Last Song by George MacDonald, and I loved it! I really suggest reading it. Has anyone else read it?

    • I have never read any of the Anne of Green Gables series, but I just finished reading Jane of Lantern Hill by L. M. Montgomery today.

      • Cool! I really enjoyed the Anne of Green Gables series. I have only the last book left. Montgomery has such a way with keeping the suspense up.

  • I am currently reading Oliver Twist and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, several Lamplighter Theatre Books, Allon: Book One by Shawn Lamb, a Daniel Boone biography, Gone with the Wind, Bonhoeffer by David Metaxas, and several others. I hope to read the Hobbit this summer, as well as George Orwell’s 1984, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and the rest of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

    • Love Oliver Twist. Dickens is a great author. Also, the Hobbit was really good. Your list looks similar to mine, 1984(started yesterday and it looks like it’s going to be depressing) and Gone with the Wind are both on mine, as well as The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

      • Wow, we are reading a lot of the same books! Yes, I have read many books by Dickens and he is one of my favorite authors. I am looking forward to 1984, even though I know is will be very depressing. I read Orwell’s other book, Animal Farm, and that one left me feeling depressed.

    • I wanted to read some of the Lamplighter books, but they don’t have them at the library😢 I need to read the LOTR and the Hobbit. I just watched all the movies here recently and LOVED them all. I bet I would like Gone With the Wind. I’ve never seen or anything.

      • If you ever read a Lamplighter, I would highly recommend Ishmael by E.D.E.N. Southworth. It is my favorite book in the world! Yes, I love the LOTR! I adore the film’s as well. Did you see the Hobbit films, too?

        • Okay, I’ll write that down. And yes I did, they were so good!! I loved so many characters. Bilbo, Tauriel, Kili and the other two dwarf brothers…
          I’m trying to collect the movies now. I have the first two LOTR so far.

          • Ah yes! At first, I did not like Tauriel because she was an added character, but she became one of my favorites once I watched the films! I loved Bilbo as well and Fili and Balin were be favorite dwarves.
            Who are your favorite characters from the LOTR films?

          • Honestly, I can’t remember the LOTR movies quite as well. I know I liked Legolas. And of course Gandalf, everyone loves him, right? (: Uhhh, I think I liked Aragorn… I liked Sam. It’s hard to remember as well as the Hobbit. I need to watch them again soon haha. I know I didn’t care for any of the female characters though. I mean I didn’t DISlike them, but nothing made me LIKE them either. They were just, ehh, whatever.

            I really can’t remember many of the guy characters.

          • Ah yes, Legolas is my very favorite. And of course, everyone loves Gandalf, how can you not? Yes, Aragorn is great, as well as Sam. 🙂 I love how Legolas was in the Hobbit films, but I think they changed his personality a little bit… he just seems different to me in those films, even though I still enjoy seeing him in them.

          • I feel like I liked him better in the LOTR too. Hey have you seen this?


            I have to share this, I thought it was hilarious. Talking about Legolas brought this to mind because he’s my fave in this video! (:

          • Yeah, I am trying to collect them as well. I have all the LOTR films (extended edition) and the Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey and the Battle of the Five Armies. All I need now if the Desolation of Smaug. 🙂

          • Smaug was the best dragon I’ve ever seen in a movie. He was so cool. I wonder if I watched the extended editions. I think I did…. We got them from Netflix and they were like 3 hours long. I hope I bought the extended editions 😐

          • The two movies I bought aren’t the extended versions!! 😭 now I have to re-buy them. But! I got them at a thrift store so they weren’t that much. The Hobbit movies don’t have an extended edition, do they??

          • They do, actually. I have the first one in extended edition, but my Battle of the Five Armies is the original because for some reason the extended edition of that one is rated R.

  • The Left Behind Series, Passion by Louie Giglio, The Way I Was Made by Chris Tomlin, and probably something by Francis Chan.

    • I love Francis Chan’s books soo much! I’ve read Crazy Love and Forgotten God, which are both really, really good books! I’d highly recommend those two.
      I also love the Left Behind books!

          • I actually liked them better. One of my favorite scenes in the original series is when Chloe is in the hospital and Ken the pilate is ‘Dr. Airplane’. I dont know if you remember that, but I love it😁😁

          • Yeah I think I remember something along the lines of that but really don’t have a favorite scene… I like them all😊

          • I love that scene! I really liked the kid series too. I read it first and I think it was good for me because I really wanted to read the series, but I don’t think I’d have been ready to read the adult series at the time I read the kids series. But I read the kid series, and by the time I finished them, I was ready to read the adult series, which I think I liked better.

          • (I just realized I spelled pilot wrong. I can spell better than that, lol.)

            Yeah, I started the adult series and it was too gory for me, so I stopped. I didn’t even know there was a kids series until I found book 1 at Starbucks. Remember when Starbucks used to have a basket of books, and you could borrow one or trade a book for one of your own? That was cool.

          • And then a few years later I read the adult series all the way through and could enjoy it more. Did you ever read the prequals?

          • Yes! I loved the series so much, I decided to read the prequels too. I’ve read all of the books, and I have all but 3 of the adult ones and all but 3 of the kids ones too.

          • Okay, I liked the prequels, but the one about Nicolae growing up was so creepy. He was the most evil kid ever!!!! Lol remember when he bit his mother while they were riding in the car and she tried to like attack him?

            And he was trying to kill her?? I still can’t get over it and it actually makes me laugh(as bad as that sounds lol) because he was just a little kid and I’m just like woah woah, WHAT?!?!! 😂😂

          • Am I the only one that Disqus won’t load for on the actual site? Since I can’t access the actual post I’ll just tack this on to yours. Thanks Haylie. 🙂
            My reading list includes a lot of Michael Pearl books, Fugate books, and Tripp books, along with Defcon One (not sure who that’s by). And whatever school books I do over the summer. 😛

          • Oh dear, sorry it’s not loading right. It’s working fine for me. Haha you’re welcome Private Ryan. 😉

          • Disqus has been down on the Reb for three days now…thanks for letting me squeeze in. 🙂 I’ve been gone a while…anything big happen in my absence (since February)?

          • Hmmm.. I wonder if that’s the case for others as well. Might have to look into that… Yeah you have been gone for awhile! Welcome back 🙂 Umm, nothing “big” comes to mind. We’ve had some great articles though!

          • It’s been acting up for all of our Disqus users here for a few months…I always get the notification “We were unable to load Disqus. If you are a moderator please see our troubleshooting guide.” I’ve found a few of those articles around. 🙂 Yeah, I’ve been gone awhile…things got busy in different ways (and still are a bit). It’s good to be back though. It looks like conversation has slowed dramatically since I left though. 🙂

          • Imma say yes? But that doesn’t really count cuz I Haven’t read the adult series. Well, I read some of it, and one of the prequels. I just know I loved the kids ones. Did you read them?

        • Yeah, lets just say I am a serious book worm. I devour books like food. In fact I am in the process of writing a book. I don’t know if it will ever get published but here’s to maybe=) I am working on chapter 26 right now! (Yeah!)

          • That is how I am as well. I have bad habit of reading way to many books at the same time!
            You are writing a book? So am I! Even if it does not get published, it is still fun to write the book. 🙂

          • What’s your book about! I LOVE hearing when other people are writing books!!!!!!

          • My books about a girl who has family truma and she cuts. When her friends find out that she cuts they tell her to get help so she does. She goes to Safe Haven a girls home to help girls, like herself find healling and redemption. The owner is a Christian and Grace (the girl is not) so there’s some more conflict. So it’s a book about Grace’s journey back to faith and restoration 🙂 But it’s also a story about how you are never to far gone for God to work a miracle in your life. I hope I get it published some day😉 Thanks for asking about it!

    • Left Behind! Francis Chan! Yay! Left Behind is definitely a fun series. . .You might stay up one night or two. I meant, one night till two.

  • Right now I’m reading “Irreparable Harm” a suspenseful fiction book by Randy Singer (He’s books are mostly about law). I’ve already read “Self-incrimination” by him. I planning to read “Paradise Lost” by John Milton, “Utopia” by Thomas More, “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and “Benneth

    • I LOVE STEPHEN BLY!!!! I didn’t think anyone outside my family know about him, despite the fact that he wrote a jillion books. I was so sad when he died and I knew there would be no wonderful new books.

  • Let’s see… I’m reading through the All Creatures Great And Small book series, I have a few Macarthur books I want to finally read such as Different By Design and Anxious for Nothing. I’m reading the new Girl Defined book as well as finishing a book by one of Ludy’s on friendships between guys and girls. Morning And Evening by Spurgeon and The Holiness Of God by Sproul. This is just a small list I’m sure it’ll grow as Summer goes on.

    • i LOVE the all creatures books! have you ever seen the tv series? they’re really good too. Also love the Ludy’s. which book is it? I have several.

      • I love the show! I think I like James the best but Tristan and Siegfried are both pretty funny to watch. The book is called Answering the Guy Questions, I can’t say I agree with everything she said like if I remember correctly she doesn’t believe in being close friends with a guy until you’re ready to get married, I personally disagree with that but I think that that’s one of those things where everyone has the right to decide what’s best.

        • Tristan is my favorite and I really like Helen a lot. I especially like the quirkiness of all the different townspeople and farmers! I always laugh and cry during every episode/chapter.

          Answering the Guy questions isn’t my favorite book. It’s got a different flavor from her others and it mostly just depressed me. I would recommend highly ‘Set Apart Femininity’ and “When Dreams Come True’ (her own love story, which is beautiful) those ones are so encouraging and really changed my life. So I would read those 🙂

          • Have you read ‘The Lost Art of True Beauty’ then? I thought It was very good as well.

          • I actually have not. I think it’s one of the older ones? and they sort of combined/updated those books in the newer ones. I got the Set Apart Motherhood one for a prize and I was like, “well, I don’t need that right now!” So I put it in my ‘hope chest.’

          • Yeah I think all her books overlap a bit, so you’ve probably read most of the content of it. I’m not sure if it’s older or newer or what. And haha that’s a great Idea 🙂

          • Yes, I think “Set Apart Femininity” is her newest. She’s sort of merging into motherhood stuff now that she’s a mom, so I haven’t really read much of her newer books since it’s for moms!

  • I have been reading Anne of green gables as well as The hobbit. ( Two rather different stiles of books.)

  • I hope to finish reading the Lord of the Rings, read the Twelfth Imam series by Joel C. Rosenberg, the Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg, some books that I have in a series called the Young Woman’s series by Elizabeth George, and Radical and Counter Culture by David Platt. Oh, and I’m going to do a study with a book called Pleasing God by Kay Smith.
    I have a lot longer list of books to read, but those are just the ones I hope to read this summer. 🙂

  • Mine includes:

    The Last of the Mohicans
    a book about Eleanor Roosevelt
    a book about the East India Company
    a book about Fredrick the Great
    1984(not looking forward to that one)
    finishing Anna Karenina
    The Tipping Point
    Pride and Prejudice
    Robin Crusoe
    something by Alistair Maclean(1970s suspense author)
    finishing Atlas Shrugged

    And I will definitely read a bunch of other stuff in between all of that. We shall see if that is completed… I get distracted easily.

  • I am gonna try and read every book on the 27 Christian teens should read and I want to try to read some books on theology and some on criminology ( yeah a little weird but it interests me ) Some lighter material includes some contemporary christian teen fiction, some fantasy. I love to read so I basically never stop reading but during the summer I like to some heavier reading =)

        • The Kingdom series, Knights of Arrethtrae Series, and his newest series is Wars of the Realm. I own them all and love them. I ask because you mentioned you liked fantasy. I think the first two series were intended for a little bit younger audience, I dunno, but I love them anyway.

          • I love the Kingdom Series! I am on the second book. They are really good and I love how he has piano music in the back of each book. By the way, even if they were intended for younger kids, I don’t think there are age limits for books. I am in my late teens and I love them. I would love to read the Wars of the Realm. Is it a series?

          • Yay! I’ve never met anyone who knew about that series!! 😀

            Yeah I’m 19 and love them so much. And yeah it’s a series. There’s 3 books. The first one is called Cloak of the Light.

          • I know! You are the first person I have met who loves these books!
            I will definitely have to look into those books!

          • I love Chuck Black! I have ALL of his books. Finished the Wars of the Realm series a couple months ago, great ending!

          • I own them all too!!! It took me a couple years to collect all 12 books. But so worth all the money I put into them(:

            Wars of the Realm was awesome. It really had me thinking about the angels and demons and the battle that goes on and how it works exactly. Super interesting. I wonder if there will be any more..? The way it ended, I feel like there could or could not be another book.

          • I look it up periodically to see if he’s mentioned anything new, but so far, no )’:

          • And I’m still waiting for the movie that will probably never actually be made!!!!

          • Honestly, it’s too soon to tell. He literally JUST released the new one. Only time will tell…

          • No, I mean Kingdom’s Dawn. I read online that they wanted to make a movie but they have to raise a certain amount of money first. I really want Cloak of the Light made into a movie too though.

          • Oh yeah, that makes sense. I have this one other series I want them to make movies for, but they haven’t.

          • It’s so sad ):

            Someone needs to make movies or a series out of the kids Left Behind books. The movie Vanished (I think it’s called) is supposedly based on the books, but watching the trailer, it looks absolutely nothing at all like the books, so IDK why they are saying its based on them. I plan on seeing it, but just knowing its supposed to be based on the books is gonna make me hate it lol. That’s what happened to the LB with Nicolas Cage. I would have loved it, if it wasn’t based on the book or I had never read the book. Cause I love apocalyptic movies and it was a good one. But the fact it was different from the book ruined it for me. So I liked it, but I didn’t….

          • In some ways, yes. The films didn’t go too far away from the book, but when they did stray, they strayed a ton.

          • I ordered Wars of the Realm online. It’s so fun getting books in the mail. It’s better than buying it in the store! In my opinion anyway. I always about scream when the UPS guy comes.

          • Yep, I can totally relate. Actually, one time I read a short book entirely at two different stores without actually buying it! I’m sure the employees were kind of confused when they saw me sitting in the book section on the floor at Target, reading. I don’t like shopping, so that was a way I could cope.

          • Clothes shopping is okay. . .Okay. Maybe that’s weird. But it makes you feel like you have a legitimate taste in fashion.

  • Here’s mine:

    The Case for Christ
    The Case for Faith
    The Case for a Creator
    The Case for the Real Jesus
    The Case for Christmas
    The Case for Easter
    Start Here
    Evolution Exposed
    God’s Not Dead (the book)
    Desiring God
    The Green Ember
    The Adventures of Rush Revere series
    Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics
    And MANY more that I have yet to discover! 🙂

  • Girls Gone Wise, which I found at a thrift store recently, Not a Fan, and I really want to read one of C. S. Lewis’s non-fiction books. I’ve never read any before. And then of course, I have a bunch of fiction books on my list, starting with Melanie Dickerson’s new book The Beautiful Pretender

    • I love C. S. Lewis! I’ve read two of his non-fiction and loved them. The ones I read are Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters; I would highly recommend those.

      • Is the Screwtape Letters creepy? I heard somewhere one of his books was about like, the paranormal or something and that it was kinda creepy and not to read it at night.

          • Oh. Okay. Just asking cause there’s one thing that actually scares me and that’s ghosts and demons and spirits. Then I can’t sleep. I watched Insidious years ago (i don’t watch horror movies anymore, btw)and my dog slept in the bed with me for a week after, till the creepiness wore off.

          • The great thing about Screwtape Letters is that it shows the power and love of God and the ultimate powerlessness of demons.

        • I’ve read some of the Screwtape Letters, and I personally don’t think they’re creepy. They are written from the perspective of a demon, so it could be creepy. . .but it’s not as creepy as some modern stuff you’d read.

          Maybe they were talking about Lewis’s space trilogy. I’ve heard the last book is creepy.

          • Space trilogy??? I didn’t know he wrote spacey stuff. I need to look into those.

          • Yeah, it’s a pretty good series. I never finished the last one. . .I barely started it. . . but I really want to.

            You might find them more interesting than Narnia. Just a warning: the first one is a little slow. . .but it’s still pretty awesome.

          • Overall, that’s supposed to be an encouragement for you to go read them. The warning was so that when you feel like the stories going slowly you’ll. . .um. . .not give up!!!

    • I really want to read The Four Loves, Screwtape Letters, and finish Lewis’s space trilogy #wannabeLewisfan

      • Hahaha, I want to be a Lewis fan too! I just read Prince Caspian yesterday and was disappointed. I want to like the Narnia books, but I’ve read two and I just don’t like them as well as the movies.

        • Good for you for reading Prince Caspian! My personal favorites are Horse and His Boy and the Silver Chair.

          The Narnia books are certainly not Lewis’s deepest works. . . Also, if you want to like the books but can’t, try the Focus on the Family audio dramas. They are very similar to the books, but just really bring them alive.

        • And Horse and His Boy and Silver Chair don’t have movies, so the movies can’t ruin the books for you! 🙂

  • Here’s a part of mine,

    All of the Psalms
    Do Hard Things (more than once)
    Dragons of Dwarven Depths

  • On average, per year, I read the equivalent of 9000 pages from 100 books. I cannot tell you in advance exactly what, why and where, but here is a good guess:
    The equivalent of 200 pages of the Bible (slowly),
    10 comic books (not my favorite, but I do like to get a laugh from them every once in a while),
    15 technical forestry books,
    5 technical biology books,
    50 long, classic novels,
    50 short novels, Christian and non-Christian.
    20 other types of books.

  • I have a pretty extensive reading list that rolls into long past the summer. 😉 But the one book i keep proclaiming over and over everywhere i go is called “Tactics” by Gregory Koukl! I’m still in the middle of it, but it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read!!!!

    The idea of the book is giving us tactics for sharing and defending our faith in a loving way as Christians…! It’s teaching us how to share truth..! It’s AMAZING!!

    Here’s an excerpt from one of the first chapters in the book that really struck me (this was an introductory chapter):
    “To be of one mind biblically does not mean that all have to share the same opinion. It means a warm fellowship based on communion with Christ in the midst of differences. It does not mean abandoning all attempts at refining our knowledge by enforcing an artificial unanimity. True maturity means learning how to disagree in an aggressive fashion, yet still maintaining a peaceful harmony in the church…if we disqualify legitimate discussion, we compromise our ability to know the truth…When the church discourages principled debates and a free flow of ideas, the result is shallow Christianity and a false sense of unity…”

    • I thought about doing Summit this summer but decided to wait till next year! I’m going to Worldview Academy instead because this will be my last chance, do to the age limit. Did you like it?

      • Summit was the best two weeks of my entire LIFE!!! I say go, Go, and GO again!! It was absolutely incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        And worldview academy in Missouri??

        • No, I live in Florida I’m going to camp in Lakeland, Fl next week. That was another decision maker for me. The closest Summit camp was in Tennessee. I’m not quite ready to go on a plane by myself yet (:

          • Oh okay! Cool! =D

            Oh wow…I can’t pick one thing!!! I guess honestly it was just he most God-filled environment I’d ever been in my whole life! i felt so filled and fed by God’s Word and I grew SO much in those two weeks! I didn’t want it to end!! Truly the best two weeks of my entire life!! i live in Zambia and have had some pretty amazing experiences; but I still say Summit was my favorite two weeks ever!

          • Yeah your right or maybe its God’s way of saying not right now =) Anyway thanks for sending me the web link I bookmarked it for next year hopefully!

          • Summit is a worldview conference located in either Tennessee, Colorado…or is there one other place?? Colorado is the main location tho…so most people recommend going there.
            It’s an incredibly intense training…60 hours of lectures in 12 days…but at the same time, I had so much fun!! We walked into the town; hiked mountains, laser-tagged, white water rafted, swing danced, etc…We had lots of free time along with work time; so it wasn’t only work. 😉 If you read my comment below Haven’s below it shares a little more. 😉

        • My older brother went when he was my age. Is it good ‘I learned a lot’ interesting or crazy ‘I’m never doing that again’ interesting ?

          • Haha, I did learn a lot, but I can’t say that it was the most life-giving experience I’ve had. I go to a secular high school, and I was expecting Worldview Academy to give me all the tools necessary to survive a debate with an atheist. They taught me how to win arguments, not necessarily love people. It’s been an interesting relationship–me and apologetics. I feel like a couple years ago I was just piling facts and knowledge into my head more to convince myself that my Faith was rational. So, I would be careful. Search inside of yourself and your motives for going 🙂
            Know that your life that is lived in the full pursuit of Christ is the greatest apologetic that has ever existed and ever will exist 🙂 That’s the biggest thing I got out of it. It didn’t come up in the lectures very often, but it should definitely be the main focus of that camp.
            I can tell you that I have used the love of Christ every single day of my school year as my greatest apologetic. And not once have I used the facts or arguments that Worldview Camp focus so heavily on.

          • Thanks for the advice! To be totally honest with you. One of the biggest reasons I’m going is really just to experience being with kids my age all week. Being homeschooled, I don’t get that a lot. I can come off on paper (or the computer) pretty sociable, but I am a lot more shy face to face. Don’t get me wrong I’m excited about the learning side of it too, but I’m hoping to make some good Christian friends. Where I live there aren’t a whole lot of Christian teens that I’ve met. I’ve made a lot of cyber friends on The Reb, but it’s always nice to know there are more kids like you pursuing Christ. The Reb has exponentially helped me in that area, but I’m kinda challenging myself to see how I’ll do in an environment I’m not used to and that I have to be in for a week. On top of that It will be the longest I’ve been away from my family. I know that probably sounds like I grew up in a cave. Lol I’m just trying to be transparent. I’ll also hopefully be able to make some good relationships @christopher_witmer:disqus I’ll just only have five days!!!

  • I am an avid reader, so pretty much whatever I find at the library, but I am working my way through the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the Nancy Drew series. I hope to read Girl Defined, a new book by Bethany Baird and Kristen Clark. Other then that, I’m not sure! 🙂

    • I need to read LOTR too… I got 3/4 through the second book, but the library wanted it back before I could finish it! I read a bunch of the Hardy Boys, those were decent.

      • Haha I got through about half of The Two Towers before I *whispers* quit reading LOTR. I should pick that back up again…

          • Amen sister! Oh wait! I’m Pt3’s evil conciounce. Maybe I should stop. . .except that telling people that they have to read books is kind of my addiction

        • I know how you feel Haylie! The guilt is oppressive! There’s always that little voice inside your head shouting at you to read LOTR! Oh wait… that’s just @John Oxide:)

          • I am the biggest hypocrite. I never finished Return of the King. See. . .in all actuality. . .part of the reason I want you to read it is because it’s soooooo much easier to read a book when you can talk to a friend about it.

          • Ha! See now how can you say the book was better than the movie if you haven’t actually read the book? It’s okay though we all know the book was better anyway 😉

          • That’s not fair. . .(actually it is), but I like the LOTR movies. I only refuse to watch the Hobbit, but we obviously, *cough cough* should not talk about that unless you want me to have another concussion.

          • Hehe sorry. and yes, PLEASE DO NOT HAVE ANOTHER CONCUSSION. We can talk about… uhh… AiO again? lol

          • Well, it’s the Bean. You may have seem him around. He has an idea that I think you might be interested in. He wants to start a writer’s blog thing.

          • Oh yes, I saw that conversation. Lemme dbl check that that’s okay with my parents…

          • Yesh. . .I too need to talk to my parents about that. A LOT. But I just thought you might be interested in knowing.

          • Yeah I meant I needed to ask them about the email address thing. *plays cheesy elevator music while I have you wait for an answer*

        • When life gives you Haylie. . .talk about Adventure in Odyssey instead. But don’t have a concussion and start thinking about Connie being Gollum and Mitch being the ring and all the connections you could make between stories if you forced yourself really hard.

      • I’ve only gotten through the first two books though, because our library doesn’t have the third one. I’m hoping to read the third one soon. Book #2 kinda left me on a cliffhanger, lol! 🙂

    • Did someone say Nancy Drew? I am here! I l have read all the books and they are… Perfection! I have also read the Hardy Boys series, they are pretty good as well. I read whatever I can find at the library as well and sometimes when I run out of books I read the phone book or the backs of shampoo bottles! Obsessed much? (Yeah, weird but hey no shame!)

      • I love Nancy Drew and I’ve read some of the Hardy boys too and enjoy those. Yeah, reading is one of my obsessions too. 🙂

      • Guess what? That’s me too! Reading the ingredients of toothpaste can be very educational! Another one of my favorites is the warnings on the back of glass cleaner. Who knew there were so many ways to poison yourself?!

  • This summer I’ll hopefully be reading Lord of the Rings 2 and 3, maybe The Mysterious Benedict Society, Fahrenheit 451, and another series I can’t remember the name of. I’m reading that one for my literature club.

        • It’s just that I’ve been trying to get @ZeePt3:disqus to read LOTR for quite some time now. I’m slightly shocked (aka. pleasantly surprised)

    • Hey, that’s cool! I am reading LOTR 2 and 3 as well! I am assuming you have already read the first one?

      • Yesh, I made it through alive. I’m basically hoping to read the other ones just so I don’t keep on getting pestered by other book fanatics. Also, they’re good books by an amazing author, and I could get some insight from them.

  • This summer, I’ve departed from reading apologetic books that teach me how to win debates against atheists and all that and not how to really love people. I’m starting to read more historical accounts about people who lived during the Scramble for Africa and British Imperialism. I’m in love with the work God has been doing in the Middle East, especially amidst the Israeli-Palestine Conflict and the Syrian Refugee Crisis.
    So here’s what summer reading looks like:
    “Kaffir Boy” by Mark Mathabane (Again, because it’s amazing. Quite graphic though, but very powerful and extremely moving)
    “A Wind in the House of Islam” by David Garrison
    “Orthodoxy” by G.K Chesterton
    “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy
    “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte
    “Blood Brothers” by Elias Chacour

        • It’s an empowering book @Bekah14:disqus ! I definitely recommend it. I found “Jane Eyre” upon being dissatisfied with Disney princesses at a young age. I love it because Jane is such a real character, she is gentle and thoughtful, but also passionate, direct and discerning. She is definitely NOT glittery princess that needs to be saved by a Prince Charming. And I love that about her! She doesn’t need to change who she is to fit a man’s standards, but also isn’t afraid to admit her insecurities (like most of us have).
          Jane Eyre is one of the most powerful female characters of literature I’ve ever seen on paper. #flawless

  • I’m finishing up the Tiller Man series by Cynthia Voigt
    For homeschool I have to read:
    Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    Animal Farm by George Orwell
    How Should We Then Live? by Francis Schaeffer
    The Soul of Science by Charles Thaxton
    The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels
    The Law by Frederic Bastiat
    and I’ll probably read some Ted Dekker novels for fun!

    • Hey Haven! Have you read The Homelanders series? They are really really good! They are a four book series and I read them all in two days! I just couldn’t put them down! They were real page turners! And I love the message of patriotism.

      • Nope, I don’t think so. Who are they by? I love a book I can’t put down, although I usually lose some sleep over them! (;

        • They are by Andrew Kalvan. I sometimes stay up till midnight reading and usually pay for it the next day =) My mom tells me to go to bed and I am like “Just one more chapter!” ( Yeah its usually about 4 more! Hee-hee! ) Anyway I hope you check it out because I have to say its the best book I have read in a looong time!

          • I’ll defiantly check it out! I told my Dad the other night I’d just be up a few more minutes reading “Just till the end of the chapter.” Yeah, I ended up staying up till one am finishing the book and having read ten more chapters. Being a book addict is a serious problem (:

          • I am a real shy person so books are my best friends (well other than my older sis) I am definitely asking my mom for that shirt for my B-day!

          • Do you have any book in particular that you value above the others? Like a favorite book or literary character?

          • I love “Kisses from Katie” totally made me realize how lucky I am to live in the U.S… Ugh! Its so hard to choose a favorite book! I really like them all. =)

          • P.S.
            I also love “Water Street” I read it four times! Once every week for a month! That’s kinda a record for me =)

          • The Giver is what I always say. . .another book I pushed for @ZeePt3:disqus to read.

          • Ehhh… Not so much. I tried to read it a couple of years ago, but I think I should try again. It was a little overwhelming to me at the time.

          • Never give up on it! . . .I did say my addiction was talking to people about what books they “need to read.”

          • That’s better than @ZeePt3:disqus. . .He still likes the movies better. The movies I will NEVER watch. BWahahahahaha. Sry. . .

          • They were okay, but I liked the Giver as a stand alone better. My favorite I think was the last one. . .but Gathering Blue would be good too if it wasn’t part of the same series. I just don’t understand how there can be a dystopia outside the circle of rocks.

          • I feel bad for @ZeePt3:disqus ): He is taking quite the beating from you on this conversation! Lol

          • I’m sure he knows it’s just because I love him. . .or at least, I hope he knows that.

          • The movies actually motivated me to read the books, oddly enough. 🙂 At first, I wanted nothing to do with LOTR, because am not a fantasy girl, but my sister got me to watch the movies and then I had a deep longing to read the books. 🙂

          • Yes. I do agree with you there. There is just something about the way the LOTR films are put together that makes them so much better than the Hobbit. They are so majestic, the way they were filmed on location in New Zealand, and the Hobbit uses too much green screen in my opinion.

          • I meant in terms of sticking to the books. . .but what you said is probably true too. I’ve never actually seen the Hobbit.

          • Yes, I forgot to mention that as well. I do not like how the movies stray so far from the book. The last Hobbit films is actually based off of five pages of the book. Then there are the added characters you have to deal with, and the added romance.

          • I cannot wait to read that one this summer. My sister has read it three times, so must be good!

          • I saw that at the library and was tempted to get it, but I already had too many books I was checking out, anyway. So I will get it next time. 🙂

          • Actually my sister gets it on a free app on My Moms phone. Librivox I think it was called

          • Thank you so much for telling me about this! I downloaded the app and it is wonderful! I am listening to all of the Anne of Green Gables books instead of reading them again. I really love how they have dramatized versions. 🙂

          • You’re welcome!!!! I love the dramatized versions too! I read/listened to the first Anne of Green Gables, I loved it. I need to do the rest of them (:

          • Yes! I am listening to Anne of Avonlea dramatized and it is amazing. I love Anne’s voice. 🙂

          • I have always wanted to read that. We have it, so I should add it to my list.
            My personal favorite will always be Ishmael, which is part of the Lamplighter Collectors Series, and To Kill A Mockingbird. Les Miserables will always have a special place in my heart as well. 🙂

          • What other lamplighters books do you enjoy? I read them for school and have finished most of the ones we have but i would love to see which ones you enjoy!

          • Yes, I have been there several times! I want to buy a shirt on that says: If I cannot bring my book, I’m not going. It is so true for me. I have a phobia for leaving the house without a book in my hands, so I bring a book everywhere… even if I know I will not end up reading it!

          • Yeah, it is a great shirt. I also want the one that says: “I am not addicted to reading. I can stop as soon as I finish this book.” And: “I like to party hard, and by ‘party’ I mean read books.” There are so many things out there for avid readers. 😉 🙂

          • It’s a condition known as. . .um. . .something. Look it up on How would you describe your goals in one word?

          • My Dad says its a condition known as Disobedience. Yeah, I kinda got myself in trouble on that one.

          • Oh, phew! At least you only read 4 more chapters. . .not 10 more like me. XD #exaggeration?

          • To be completely honest, I wrote that comment right before I read your comment.

      • That’s the other series I’ll be reading this summer! Thanks for helping me recall the name Bekah!

      • Nope, I’m doing Cornerstone Curriculum’s Worldview’s of the Western World with David Quinne. Right now I’m studying the Revolutionary age. Did you enjoy the books? I’m suffering through Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers right now and desperately need something to look forward to. Everything is starting to sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher!!!!

    • I read A Tale of Two Cities last summer and it shot to the top five best books I have ever read. Truly, it is a wonderful book- complex plot, interesting characters, fascinating history period, and a wonderful story of redemption.

    • Are you doing a homeschool program called Classical Conversations? I couldnt help but notice that those particular books are part of Challenge A and 2, which are the 7th and 10th grade levels.

      • Nope I’m not anymore! Although, I did do it for a year in 4th or 5th grade. It was a great program and I still use some of the things I learned, especially the number songs! Do you do Classical Conversations?

        • Yeah, Im about to go into Challenge B (8th grade) but Ive done CC since 6th grade. My mom also tutors Challenge and does bookselling for CC over the summer, so I`m generally surrounded by it.

    • Ted Dekker is a pretty good author. He is definitely a good author too read if you want to read for fun. 🙂

    • Ted Dekker! I want to read more of his stuff.

      Also, beware of Animal Farm. It can be very dreary and awful. I mean, it’s wonderful and great and you’ll do great! 🙂 Lol #NotmyfavoritereadandIclaimtolikedepressingbooks #waytoolonghashtag #still2long

      • Ted Dekker is sometimes a little to mushy for me, but otherwise I like his stuff! I am so excited about Animal Farm. *NOT*

        • I only really started doing the Ted Dekker thing recently. . .so I don’t really know him that well.

      • Yes, that one left me feeling depressed. I am going to have to read 1984 as well, and I am looking forward to it, but I am also dreading it because I hate when a book leaves me feeling depressed for a few hours.

          • That’s how I am. I like the sad scenes and sad endings (which I sometimes write into my personal stories), but I want to be able to close the book and have a good feeling about finishing it, without feeling depressed.

  • hello everyone,

    If God wish, i will attend a summer program in the USA. I hope to gain something to help me and others. please pray for me so that i may pass my visa interview.

    Thank you very much
    God bless you

  • Wow, why did you ask me that question?????? I am a SERIOUS book addict so that will be a laundry list 🙂
    I will for the most part be reading the complete works of Joseph Alexander Altsheler, a late 19th-early 20th century writer whose books went out of print awhile ago but fortunately Amazon has all eighty nine of his 200-500-page books that he wrote. After that I will probably be reading G.A. Henty a bit, along with The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom.

      • It is one of mine too! I have read it more than once. Corrie Ten Boom is one of my favorite historical heroes.

        • Yes!!! she is one of mine too! I actually just read it again a second time last week! Her story is so unbelievably amazing! My favorite part is when she thanks God for the fleas! (:

          • Yes, that is a wonderful part! It reminds us to thank God for the things we hate, or think are in the way, because we never know how He will use these things for good.

      • Yeah I found it on the list Alex and Brett Harris made. Its a good book!
        Have you read Dug Down Deep?

        • Dug Down Deep… Hmm sounds familiar but I don’t think I have gotten to it yet 🙂 Please tell is it good? I am really enjoying Total Truth even though it’s really long! 🙂

  • My summer reading list consists of all of the Psalms, a book called Dragons of Dwarven Depths, and about 20 more books.

  • Everyone needs to read the Mysterious Benedict Society!!!! They’re awesome, and Brett Harris loves them, so. . .

      • Basically people are getting thoughts transmitted to their brains by an evil villain. That’s all I can say without giving a ton of stuff away.

          • Well, if we read books instead of texting on here, we would probably end up reading a lot more. But I hardly practice what I preach in that regard. I read so little during the school year.

          • That is so true. There is always time to read, but we often do other things. Think of how much of a book we could read instead of binge watching a TV show! I know I am guilty of that one.

          • Haha yeah i could have been a good chunk into the Two Towers by now, but instead it sits on my dresser, the front cover serving as my bobby pin holder. ik I hardly read at all during the school year.

          • aka. Haylie will never read these books. . . Aaa, John, we better work harder.

            The characters are really great. There is a really cute nerdy kid and there is a normal one and one that likes being awesome and energetic and then there’s the really stubborn one. And the bad guy has narcolepsy.

          • Every chapter they’re like you don’t know what’’s going to happen. . .This is like my third time with them. . .Um. . . .I already said Brett loves those books.

          • Wow you really want me to read these don’t you? *bumps up books to the ‘I really want to read these (but still probably won’t find time to)’ list*

          • Hmmmm. . .what if I wrote an article on theRebelution about how the Mysterious Benedict Society changed my life?

          • And if I said something about koalas in the article? Ok. . .that would be totally random.

          • So my brain would connect the awesomeness that is koalas to the apparent awesomeness of these books? Go for it.

          • The Bean is reading them, so I could add them to the mandatory readings for anyone who wants to write for the blog. . .and that would be much more effective. Bwahahahahah

          • Out of a full knowledge that my regulations would only serve to improve your life and livelihood

          • You are very, very welcome!

            Hmmmm. . .on to my list:

            1. Mysterious Benedict Society
            2. Left Behind (adult and graphic novels)
            3. The Giver
            4. All of the LOTR
            5. Anything I decide I want anyone to read that I feel they should read. . .
            6. Anything @ZeePt3:disqus or @a_haylie:disqus are hesitant to read but are awesome books
            7. Anne of Green Gables
            8. Other things

            Great! I think it’s complete. . .LOL

          • Oh. Dear. That settles it… I can never write for your blog thing… I’ll be old and gray by the time I finish… “Anything (you) decide (you) want anyone to read that (you) feel they should read.” XD

          • Oh I forgot to say this. . .It’s a race. The winner gets to be awesomer faster!!!

          • lol well, I have never been too good at races… or being awesome.. er. So how about i just pull out of this one and let someone else win, yes?

          • Don’t shoot me, but no. I never know what to write about, and my writing without passion behind it is the blah-est of blah.

          • I won’t shoot. . . When I see pained writer’s without inspiration, it’s like I’m looking at a bunny rabbit before it becomes road kill. I feel. . .compassion. . .and the responsibility to help IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES!

          • Hey bunny rabbit, I know of something really inspiring called *megaphone noise* THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY!!! *loud applause**Koalas shouting in admiration*

          • Wait, so how is it that you get to be something awesome, Captain Koala, and I get to be a bunny rabbit?

          • Because I’m me, and you’re you. . .Oh wait, that sounded wrong. REALLY wrong.

          • Actually. . .remember what I said about being awesomer. Reach for koala greatness. Reach for the Mysterious Benedict Society and the awesomerness advantages of better living

          • No. No. I was just like you before I read the Mysterious Benedict Society. We were all rodents, exposed to the darkness of the cold world. . .but then the Mysterious Benedict Society happened.

          • *sarcasm* oh, well that makes me feel better. What was the title of the first one again? Not that I’m looking up whether or not my library has it…

          • She’s looking it up. . .She’s looking it up! She’s looking it up!!!!!!

            Um. . .what is the title of the first book *goes and peeks at book*? Hehe. . .The Mysterious Benedict Society.

          • Oh well, that makes sense. Okay so my library has it, but I haven’t been to the library in so long that I can’t put a hold on it cuz my card expired… That’s like the unforgivable sin for a writer… I’m doomed.

          • The car is speeding. The rabbit races across the road, barely getting hit. The car sees it, pulls aside. The rabbit sees a clover and jumps safely to the other side of the road. Koala master laughs heartily as a new koala joins the ranks. . .

            “I haven’t been to the library in a while as well. . .but not that long!”

          • It’s hard work being a koala, but wisdom grows with age. . .and lol maturity in book choices.

          • Actually, Jerry Jenkin’s has a blog that’s really inspiring to writers. . .for serious. . .and he’s awesome. He had this checklist for making villains which was simply delightfully fun!

          • YES! I actually love his blog. I suscribed so I get all his posts and stuff in my email.

          • Did you see the villain thing! That was the best 🙂 His latest horse one I didn’t necessarily appreciate as much. It was kinda weird.

          • Maybe… yeah I think I did… It almost made me wanna go start writing a book, just so I could conjure up a good villain! btw my computer is about to like, crash or something, so if I disappear, sorry :p

          • Oh my word, I’m subscribed to Jerry Jenkins posts and stuff too! 🙂 Small world…

          • How is it that we start out talking about books and writing and end up talking about bunny rabbits and koalas?

          • That was what I was going to ask you. 🙂 I have placed a hold on all three of them at the library and I cannot wait to listen to them. 🙂

    • Yes! I love the Mysterious Benedict Society! They are soooo good. You should definitely read them,@a_haylie:disqus! 🙂

    • okay so I got the first one from the library… no promises I’m gonna read it though. 😉 I’m partway through another series soooo… we shall see.

  • Okay… this might be long lol…

    -All Things New by Lynn Austin (this is historical fiction, and it’s obviously not for everyone, but if you like historical fiction, I think you’d love it!)
    -Atonement Child by Francine Rivers (OH MY. If you’re a teenager or young adult you NEED to read this book. If you aren’t used to reading ‘heavier’ stuff, then it might be a little harder for you, but I still definitely recommend it!)
    – Dug Down Deep by Josh Harris
    -Why God Calls Us to Dangerous Places by Kate McCord (a must-read if you’re interested in global missions!)

    • I have always wanted to read Radical, and now that I have heard what you have to say about it, I think I will add it to my summer reading list.

    • I love October Baby! I read the book too. Lean on Me sounds good. What is the Lynn Austin book about?

      • Lean on me was reallyyy good.

        it’s about the reconstruction after the civil war, and it goes into the life of a young woman who is stuck in the middle of all the hardships and confusion that the war and reconstruction brought. it’s really good!

    • Hey Faith! Just randomly saying hi 😉 I haven’t seen you around TheReb as much lately, and just wanted to see how you were doing 🙂

  • This is my list: Lit! by Tony Reinke, Fahrenheit 451, The Homelanders series, Do Hard Things, Seeking Allah Finding Jesus, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and hopefully some Chuck Black. . .I don’t know what else. We’ll see.

  • Oh, boy. My list is approaching 40 or so right now, so I think I’ll just put down the highlights. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (about Rochester’s first wife from Jane Eyre), Macbeth, Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis, Relationships: A Mess Worth Making by Timothy Lane, Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper, Be The Change by Zach Hunter, Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon, The Prince by Machiavelli, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, Dietrich Bonhoffer by Eric Metaxas, Loungbourn by Jo Baker, to name a few. 😉 Goodreads has been very, very helpful in keeping them all organized.

    • Les Miserables is one of my favorites! I am trying to find time to read it again. I am also reading Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas and I am really enjoying it. Hopefully I can finish it before the library wants it back!
      I know how you feel, though, I was only able to list the highlights of my reading list because it is so long. 🙂

    • I read Bonhoeffer too. His thoughts on religion vs. Christianity are really good, and his thoughts on the church.

      • I’m excited to read that one. I already know a lot about Bonhoeffer’s life, but not as much about his theology. Should be a good read.

    • Oooh, that Jane Eyre prequel book sounds really cool. I love Jane Eyre itself, so I’ll have to add that to my list!

  • Wow. I love reading so this is a great DQ for my summer reading list. Some books I hope to read are The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson, Pilgrim’s Progress(I’m reading this one right now and its sooooo good) by John Bunyan, Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis, Be the Change by Zach Hunter, the Theodore Boone series by John Grisham, Left Behind: the Kids by Jerry B. Jenkins, Crazy Love by Francis Chan, Radical by David Platt, The Ultimate Proof of Creation by Dr. Jason Lisle, The Life of a Secret Convert by Rosaria Butterfield, and the Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis.

  • I don’t read a lot of books. I don’t have a list for Summer reading. If anyone has any ideas or recommendations for me, then I might read this summer. So does anyone recommend anything?

    • When you do read, what is it you prefer to read? Do you like classic literature? Or do you like fantasy? There are also biographies. If you tell me what interests you, I could definitely recommend something, so can many others on this site. 🙂

      • I like YA fiction books the most. I like fantasy in certain books. I also like a really interesting true story about crime and mystery.

        • For young adult fiction I would definitely recommend the Left Behind Series. They are amazing and very action packed. For fantasy, have you ever read the Lord of the Rings books, the Hobbit, or the Chronicles of Narnia? For mystery and crime, the only thing I can personally recommend is Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, since I have not read too many books of that genre.
          Also, I agree with John Oxide. If you just scroll through this discussion, you will find a lot of recommendations. 🙂

          • I actually have The Lord of the Rings book, but I haven’t read it yet. I told my mom I would read it in the next school year because I feel like it would take a lot of time to read in the Summer. I will think about reading the Narnia books.
            I am just very specific about what I read. I have scrolled through the discussion, but I am looking for more, I guess.

    • Here’s a list of great books I have read I would highly recommend:

      Law: Randy Singer’s “Irreparable Harm ” and “Self-incrimination”

      Western: Gilbert Morris “The Yellow Rose of Texas” and almost any Stephen Bly book(actually almost any Gilbert Morris, as well:))

      Modern: Francine Rivers “The Atonement Child” and “Leota’s Garden”

      WWII: Tricia Go year’s “Dawn of a Thousand Nights” , “From Ashes and Dust”, “Night Song” and “Arms of Deliverance”

      Fantasy: J.R.R. Tolkien “The Hobbit”, “LOTR” and C.S. Lewis’s “The Chronicles of Narnia.”

      Classic: “To Kill a Mockingbird” , “A Tale of Two Cities”

      Ancient History: Francine Rivers ” The Mark of The Lion” series.

      Devetional/Theology: John MacArthur books, R.C. Sproul’s books, John Pipers books, “Do Hard Things”, Joshua Harris’s ( Alex and Brett’s older brother) “I kissed Dating Goodbye”, Elizabeth Elliot’s ” Passion and Purity”,

      So, yeah, here’s a CONDENSED version of all the books I would recommend. You would love them! 🙂

      • This is a marvelous list! I love all Tolkiens books about Middle Earth! Also, To Kill A Mockingbird and Tale of Two Cities are two of my favorites. 🙂
        I would also recommend looking into Lamplighter Theatre books, they are amazing!

        • I know! Tolkien’s books are great and To Kill a Mockingbird Bird and The Tale of Two Cities are by far my favorite classics. I’ve never heard of Lamplighter Theater books. They really should interesting, though! What’s your favorite, Olivia?

          • Yes, the Lamplighters are very interesting. If you are asking what my favorite Lamplighter Book is, it would definitely be Ishmael, who has become my very favorite literary character. Or, are you asking what my favorite book in general is? And now, I shall ask you a question of you don’t mind. Who are some of your favorite literary characters?

          • Yes, I was asking what was your favorite Lamplighter Theater Books. I’ll definitely be checking them out.

            As for my favorite characters, of course Atticus from To Kill a Mockingbird Bird, Aragorn, Legolas Bilbo, the Hobbits, Gandalf, Galadriel , Gimili, and any other of the good guys from Tolkien’s books. 😁Also, I love this sweet, beautiful man named Joe from Francine Rivers The Atonement Child( he kinda just stuck with me), and Leota from Rivers Leota’s Garden. Cheney and Shiloh from Gilbert Morris Cheney Duvall series, Lucy from Narnia, and Hadassah from Rivers The Mark of The Lion.

            Yeah it’s a lot. There’s probably more. 🙂 it’s always hard for me to say goodbye to my favorite characters. 🙁

          • Yes, Atticus is an amazing character! I have always been partial to Jem as well. 🙂
            Legolas is one of my faves. Also, I love all the heroes of LOTR as well, but it how can I not? They are all so lovable. 🙂
            Susan is my personal favorite from Narnia, and I also like Peter.
            I also like Marius from Les Miserables, Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables, Darcy, Bingley, Jane and Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice, and Dorian Gray from The Picture of Dorian Grey. 🙂
            There are so many that it is hard to list them all, but these are some of my very favorites. 🙂

  • I very highly recommend “Black”, “Red”, and “White” by Ted Dekker. It is a fantastic series that feels like a mix of The Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and The Matrix. It was actually written as a single book, but was released one book at a time over a course of three years (one book came out every year).

  • This is a short list that I made for myself, not nearly everything on my TBR but specifically the things that I want to read this summer…

    -The Great Hunt and The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan (my dad got me into this series and it’s super overwhelming but also great and he’s basically done with it so I need to catch up)
    -The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (reread!! I’ve read them before, I promise…)
    -Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper (since I just discovered we owned this book after thinking about how much I wanted to read it…cue happy tears)
    -A Place of Quiet Rest by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
    -Five Enchanted Roses (the novella collection by Rooglewood Press)
    -the Divergent series (long overdue…probably a review coming on my blog once I finish the series!)

    I may end up reading other things as well, but this is my main list. Books are great…there are too many of them…sigh.

    • I love the Chronicles of Narnia! Which one is your favorite book and who is your favorite character? If you don’t mind me asking. 🙂

      • Not at all 😉
        It’s been a long time since I read the whole series, so right now I would say Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is my favorite book and Peter and Lucy are my favorite characters, but that could very well change when I read the later books again. (Also I just watched the movie for it, so that could have something to do with why it’s my favorite right now, but…)
        I’ll see what I think after I read them again!

        • My favorite is also the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, and I love the movie for that one. My favorite characters are Peter and Susan, but I also like Lucy. 🙂 You know, you are making me want to read them again. 🙂 😉

  • I am currently reading:
    The Giver (which had me hooked from the beginning!)
    The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
    To Kill A Mockingbird (for the third time) by Harper Lee
    Pride and Prejudice (also for the third time) by Jane Austen
    War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
    The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
    And I am amount other titles, I am working on reading the Bible all the way through.

    • You are reading War and Peace!!! It is an AMAZING book. It is my favorite book that I have ever read. It’s soooo cool that you are reading it now.

      • Yes, I am and I love it so far! That is so cool that it is your favorite book! One of my favorites is Les Miserables. I really enjoy the really long books because I am satisfied by the time it ends. When I read shorter books, I always find myself wanting more. 🙂

        • I haven’t red Les Miserables. What is it about? I too like the longer books because they help relax and I’m fine with the shorter books if they are in a series and if I have a lot of them.

          • That is a hard one. It is hard for me to describe what it is about without going deep into the book’s plot. It follows the life of several characters, like War and Peace, kind of, but mainly focuses on the character of Jean Valjean, whose story is one of redemption.
            Les Miserables is based around the turning point in French history, and it explores the nature of this change in terms of society, and uses this as a basis for explaining the revolution.
            I would highly recommend it if you enjoyed War and Peace. It is one I hope to read again. Besides, Victor Hugo is one of my favorite writers. 🙂

          • It sounds like a fantastic book. I’ll ask my parents if they can get it for me. Has Victor Hugo written any other books?

          • Yes, he has written the Hunchback of Notre Dame. My sister has read it and I am so excited to read it this summer!
            Also, if you happen to have a KindleFire, there is a free digital edition of Les Miserables in the book store on the Amazon Kindle. 🙂 If not, there are so many wonderful copies at the book store. 🙂

          • I’ve always meant to read the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Unfortunately I don’t have a KindleFire, because mi madre likes me to have the hard copies.

          • Yes, I love having hard copies, too. I like to get the free amazon kindle version and then get the hard copy if the book was good. I did this with Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, Sherlock Holmes, Oliver Twist, Pride and Prejudice, and The Picture of Dorian Gray.

          • Oliver Twist is awesome and I’m about to read Sherlock Holmes. I haven’t read Kidnapped or The Picture of Dorian Gray. Now Pride and Prejudice hmmm… Let’s just say I didn’t like it that much. And I didn’t like Emma written by Jane Austin.

          • Yes, I love Oliver Twist so much! I especially love the character of the Artful Dodger. I hope you will enjoy Sherlock Holmes. He is one of my favorite literary characters!
            So, I am guessing you are not a big Jane Austen fan? That’s alright, not everyone is. I personally loved Pride and Prejudice, but found it hard to get into any of her other novels.

          • Yeah I can say Jane Austin isn’t my cup of tea. Do you know any other books written by Conan?

          • I know he wrote a book called The Lost World, which is something I would love to look into, but I am not sure what else he wrote.

          • Of course. I will tell you about it in a reply to your comment above about your book list. That way it will show up in your feed and you won’t have to search for it.

          • Yes, I do still love the shorter books, especially if they are part of a series, such as Anne of Green Gables, which is my very favorite book series. I also enjoy the Left Behind book series.

          • The Left Behind books are one of my favorites too. What number are they on? I haven’t gotten any in a while. Another of my favorites are any of the series by Clive Cussler (recommend his books especially Oregon files) and the 39 Clues.

          • There are twelve books out right now. I am currently reading number 5: Apollyon.
            I have heard of 39 Clues, what is it about?

          • Wow that’s a lot. The 39 Clues is about two teens who are apart of the most powerful family in the world. There are three different series tied to them and all of them are different.
            1st Series – trying to make a serum
            2nd Series – saving some of their family from maniacs
            3rd Series – trying to gain their honor back while trying to take down a power hungry dude
            4th Series (coming out) – is the last series (so sad)

          • On a different note, I noticed that Gone with the Wind is on your list. Have you begun reading it yet?

          • Ah! No I haven’t. I’m saving it till I finish my four required books which I’ve read one and am working on the second. Sherlock Holmes, Animal Farm, All Creatures Great and Small, and Across Five Aprils are the required. I’ve read Animal Farm and currently reading All Creatures Great and Small. Have you read Gone With the Wind?

          • Ah, Animal left me feeling depressed. I had to read it for school and I will also have to read 1984, which I am dreading and looking forward to at the same time.
            I am only about 200 pages into Gone with the Wind (and I say ‘only’ because my edition has 1500 pages in it!) and I am in love with it. It is very good so far and I think you will enjoy it.

          • When you do begin to read it, I would love to hear your thoughts about the main character, Scarlett O’Hara. 🙂 I personally like her and enjoy reading about her, but I do not like what she does to some of the characters. 🙂

          • I’ll be sure to tell you all about it. It won’t take me long to get through my required books, so it will probably be at most 2 weeks so the 13th when I start it but maybe next week.

          • 🙂 I can’t wait. Then we will both be reading it and we can talk about it. I love having literary discussions. Unfortunately, I don’t get to have those that often because I am the only one in my family who reads these types of books. But, my mom has read many of the books we have been talking about, so it is nice to talk to her about them. She is amazing. 🙂

          • I like to have literary discussions as well because then I get to see others’ points of views and then I can see if they caught something I did not. I’ll probably start right after finishing All Creatures Great and Small which I have about 380 something pages left but I will probably finish it in two days maybe three.

          • Why did Animal Farm leave you depressed? 1984 is absolutely, indescribably, AWESOME! George Orwell is one of my favorite authors.

          • Yes, he is a brilliant author and I really enjoyed reading Animal farm, but just the thought that it was based on true events made me sad.

          • Well when you read 1984, you will see that he kind of predicted the events of today in our government. It’s pretty creepy. Animal Farm was pretty sad at some points. I was really sad when they killed Boxer.

          • Yes, I was really sad when he died as well. And I hated how all the commandments changed to just one at the end.
            I am very interested and excited to read 1984.

          • That is a pretty sad part but it shows what happened and it proves the saying true: History repeats itself. This statement is proven in 1984 as well. Who was your favorite character in Animal Farm?

          • I am not sure. I really liked Clover, Moses, and Benjamin. What about you? Who did you like best?

          • He was the Raven and he only played a small part but I found myself getting attached to him.

          • Yep! I was surprised that I like him. 🙂 Usually, I don’t like the disagreeable characters.

          • I don’t either but some of them are pretty funny. I was surprised that I kinda liked Napoleon even though he was evil. How did you find him?

          • I enjoyed reading about him and he made the story interesting. Without him, I don’t think it would be the same. I did don’t really know how I feel about him, but I definitely do not hate him. As I said, he was certainly an interesting character who kept the plot moving.

          • I felt bad for Snowball though. I wonder what really happened to him. What do you think happened to him?

          • Yes, I felt bad for him as well because I kind of liked him. I am not sure what really happened to him, and I don’t know what to think. What are your thoughts?

          • Well i definitely think that he was the good guy, but I think he probably ran away to another farm a little bit aways from Animal Farm.

          • That seems logical. I know he would not have destroyed the mill and many lies were told concerning Snowball. I think things would have turned out differently if he had stayed in Animal Farm, but Napoleon was just too powerful and he had more allies.

          • The mill was probably Napoleon’s fault the first time and the lies were obviously lies. I agree it probably would have been different if Snowball had stayed, but he might have been killed be Napoleon’s dogs. That last sentence just shows that Napoleon had to much power for his own good.

          • Yes, and I would not have liked it if he had been killed.
            I actually have to go now. I cannot wait until our next literary discussion!

  • I am reading
    The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
    The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
    Animal Farm – George Orwell
    1984 – George Orwell
    Across Five Aprils – Irene Hunt
    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
    Lord of the Flies – William Golding
    Blink – Malcolm Gladwell
    All Things Bright and Beautiful – James Herriot
    Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
    Emma – Jane Austin (I don’t recommend this book for guys)
    The Giver – Lois Lowry
    Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

    • Have you started the Three Musketeers yet? I have that one but I have not got around to reading it yet. How is it so far?
      Interestingly, most of these books are on my summer reading list as well!

      • That’s cool that you have most of the books on your reading list that are on mine. Unfortunately I haven’t started the Three Musketeers either, but if you know Alexandre Dumas, then you know that it’s going to be AMAZING!

    • Also, have you begun the Giver yet? Or are you going to wait until you finish your required reading?

      • I don’t know yet. I don’t know anything about the author and I don’t have an idea of what the Giver is about yet. What is it about?

        • It is about a young boy named Jonas who lives in a controlled, perfectly ordered community. When he turns twelve he assigned to receive special training from The Giver, who shows Jonas the truth of life. That is a really bad summary, I know. Sorry about that. 🙂

          • It’s fine because it gives me a pretty good idea of what the book is about and now I get to look forward to reading it. Thanks for the summary.

          • You are welcome. I am still reading it myself. I haven’t actually gotten to the part with the Giver yet. 🙂

          • Huh. Well that gives us another book to discuss when I start it. Which book will we discuss first?

          • I guess it all depend on which book you start reading first. 🙂 😉 I am up for anything as long as we are discussing books. 🙂 Really, all the books on your list are excellent books. I have just begun Great Expectations, have you?

          • Well right now I’m doing a little math (not a big deal) and I’m about to eat so maybe a little later.

          • And I am about to go to Target, so I will definitely come back later. So, what are some of your favorite books you have read, perhaps I have read a few. 🙂 I know War and Peace is one of them, but I am not far enough into that book to discuss it. Once I get further into it I would love to discuss it. 🙂

          • I’ll look forward to discussing War and Peace. I might have to have a refresher on that since i finished it a few months back but I will still look forward to it. Can I have time to think of some books I’ve read? I’ll get back to you when you come back. When will you be back on?

          • Yes, definitely take time to think of some books you have read. Do you have favorite authors?

          • I have heard of that. My cousin is reading it and she says it is really good. Isn’t it about dragons?

          • That is one of the many aspects of the series. They are good. So I’m guessing that you haven’t read them?

          • No, I have not yet read them. I am not much of a fantasy reader. I love classic literature and biographies. Though, I loved LOTR and Narnia and I am reading a series now called Allon by Shawn Lamb which is really good.

          • It is a book that was written about the battle of Gettysburg. It has a lot of action in it and it is really good. It explores the thoughts and feelings of those who fought. It isn’t like a history textbook, though, it is an actually story and it is really good. I had to read it for school.

          • I have thought of several, so tell me if you have read any of the following. If not, we can think of something else, or maybe you could list some.
            The Great Gatsby
            The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
            Oliver Twist
            To Kill a Mockingbird
            Tale of Two Cities
            Uncle Tom’s Cabin
            The Phantom of the Opera
            Do any of these sound good? I am open to anything, as long as it is a book.

          • I’ve read Oliver Twist, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and To Kill a Mockingbird. You choose between Huckleberry Finn or Oliver Twist.

          • They are both so good. Personally, I would start with Huckleberry Finn. What about you? Which one would you prefer to begin with?

          • First I would love to know your favorite character. Mine was Huck and I also liked Jim.

          • I think Jim because he’s such a nice friend to Huck and you can’t not like him. I like Huck because he’s the main character.

          • Yes, Jim was a really good friend.
            Now, one thing in particular I wanted to talk about was the ending when Tom Sawyer came and they were trying to help Jim escape. I did not really like that section because I thought Tom was a little too controlling and his ideas too dangerous. I personally think it would have been better if they had rescued Jim Huck’s way. What are your thoughts? How did you like that section?

          • Well Tom and Huck both had pretty crazy ideas, but I agree that Tom’s was a little outrageous and that he was pretty controlling, but I think that he thinks that he’s a little more educated than Huck (which he is) but doesn’t give an excuse. I liked that part though because it showed that Jim was loved by Huck and Tom.

          • Yes, I did like how hard they tried, Tom’s controlling nature just annoyed me.
            I also really enjoyed the way the book was written. I like how Mark Twain made Huck narrate it as if he was telling us the story face to face. I like the improper grammar and the way it is told by a child.

          • It is annoying that Tom was controlling. The book was written amazingly. I love how Mark Twain used first-person point of view to make his story more interesting.

          • Well my favorite part is just when they are trying to rescue Jim and when Huck and Jim are on the island together. What about you?

          • Yes, I like when they are on the island together. I also like when Huck dresses as a girl, that part made me laugh, and I like the part with the two con men, especially when Huck helps the girls.

          • Oh sorry I read your question wrong. My least favorite character would probably Huck’s father.

          • It is alright. 😉 Yes, I have to agree with you there. I did not like him at all and I was glad when he died.

          • I was pretty happy when it said that he died, but I couldn’t help but feel bad for Huck because when he found out his dad died his heart was broken for a little bit.

          • I know, I was sad for Huck because even though his father was bad, Huck still loved him, at least a little bit, and was still heart-broken when he found out he was dead.

          • It just shows that even though some people have a bad relationship with their parents that they still love them which happens in real life.

          • Yes, definitely. He was still Huck’s father, so of course he would be sad when he died, even if he abused him.

          • I mean it still doesn’t give Huck’s dad the permission to abuse him because Psalm 127: 3-5 says “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”

          • No, it definitely does not, but it just goes to show that children still love their parents, just like you said. That is a perfect verse to describe that situation. Thank you for posting it.

          • Thank you for the compliment. If it was important enough for God to say then it is important enough for me to say.

          • Yes, and if it was important enough for God to say, it is important enough to be obeyed and lived out. Unfortunately, that does not always happen.

          • Thank you. I really enjoyed discussing this book with you. It is amazing how a conversation about Huckleberry Finn can lead back to the Bible. 🙂

          • Almost everything in this entire existent universe leads back to God and his awesome creation. Colossians 1:16 says “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.”

          • I love that verse. God is so wonderfully amazing. 🙂 It is so comforting to know that He is in control all the time.

          • Psalm 19:21 says “[There are] many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.”

          • I look forward to our next literary conversation. I am really excited for you start Gone with the Wind, and I cannot wait until we talk about War and Peace.

          • I am also looking for our next conversation. I am looking forward to reading Gone With the Wind. Talking about War and Peace will be amazing because I am the only person I know so far that has read it so you will be the second. When we do talk about it I might have forgotten a little bit cause I finished it a few months ago.

          • It is alright. I can help you remember. 😉 😛 YOu are the only one I have met who has read War and Peace and I am looking forward to our talk. We don’t have to wait until I finish all of it. I just have to get far enough into it for us to have a discussion.
            Also, I found out what The Lost World is about. It is about a man who wants to go on a dangerous and adventurous mission to impress the woman he loves. So he goes on an expedition to a plateau in the Amazon basin of South America, where prehistoric animals still survive.

          • Thanks I’m so looking forward to it. Now I want to read The Lost World. Thanks for looking into it. It sounds interesting.

          • I actually have to go now, but I will be back on Friday! Then we can discuss another book. 🙂 It will give us time to think.

          • Thank you. It is a line from my favorite song called “Praise You in this Storm” by Casting Crowns.

          • 🙂 Yes, I love how they incorporate Psalm 121:1-2 in it: “I lift my eyes into the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and earth.” That is my very favorite verse.

          • Psalm 91. Apparently according to my grandmother it has been my family verse for a long time.

          • Really? That is cool! I like Psalm 121:1-2 because I worry a lot and it helps me remember that God is in control and my worrying is pointless. That is also why I love that song so much.

          • I’m going to try to memorize that verse. Good choice and good reasoning for why you chose it.

          • Yes. I saw it when it premiered. I really enjoyed it and the new characters. Did you see it yet?

          • yes. I’m waiting for the 8th. I think that they are going to go all the way to the number 12.

          • I hope they do. Although, I was sad at the major character death in that film.

          • It was kinda obvious when Han walked out there that he was going to get killed. I looked up Star Wars and it seems that they are going to stop at number 12. 8 comes out December 15, 2017 and 9 comes out May 23, 2019.

          • Yeah, I knew it was coming because my cousin had told me, but he has always been my favorite character and it was sad none the less.

    • I haven’t thought of a book yet. Have you? I am trying to think of some books I have read that you might have read or are in the middle of reading.

  • I am actually reading the “do hard things” book now. I also am reading”seeds.” They are both awesome books!

  • I really like mysteries, and the Sherlock Holmes books by Arthur Conan Doyle are usually fine. The one that I liked the most was The Hound of the Baskervilles.
    Also, a wholesome Christian Fiction is This Seat’s Saved, it was published in 2023. It is intended for 7-8th graders, but I think some high schoolers would like it too.