By: Natalie Jean
Something that I love about my new job is that I have a little bit of down time. I work at a little Inn on a beautiful piece of land, dotted with trees and flowers and wooden swings. It's by reservation only, so on the nights where no one is checking in I can sit in the lobby at the big marble desk with some time to myself.
During this time, I've decided to get a little bit of summer reading done. Currently I am reading "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers and I just can't put it down! It's a more modern version of the Biblical story of Hosea and the woman that he falls in love with who is a prostitute. There is heartache, tricky situations, growth, and redemption all packed inside as well as words that have you turning pages as fast as you can. The love that Michael has for Angel is beautiful and pure and its teaching me a thing or two about love as I read!
I have a whole stack of books to read when I finish this one, and a few recommendations from friends.
Today I wanted to share some of the creative team's favorite summer reads and we would love to hear your recommendations in the comments as well!
First up, we have Jordan sharing her favorite, "A Ring of Endless Light." Jordan says,
"It's about a girl who is finding out who she is, all the while finding out what life is about, while falling in love with a boy and her passions.
I LOVE this book for so many reasons, I read it over and over again.
It's a book that I'm always learning from, I'll read it and always come away from it understanding something else about what's happening in life or happening in me. I use to read it back in my teen years any time I was feeling some emotional turmoil of some sort. And by the end of the book, however I was feeling when I started it, usually became resolved for the most part. It became my comfort place. Plus it has dolphins in it....how bad could it be!"
The next book that we have is "Nineteen Minutes" by Jody Picoult. It's one of Jessica's favorites!
She says, "Within the first few pages, this book of seemingly common characters becomes intense and is a roller coaster until the very end. It makes you fall in love with the wrong people, question what you believe, and leaves you speechless when the secret is revealed in the final chapter. This book kept me and my emotions on edge for the entire read."
Another one of Jessica's favorites is "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini.
"This beautifully written book enthralled me from the beginning. Set in the Middle East, it captures the unique culture, people, and language in a heartwrenching tale of family and betrayal. With gorgeous characters to fall in love with and a shocking ending, it's a book that stays with you long after you read it."
What are some of your favorites? Do you like funny books, non-fiction, romance, comic books? Let us know! We'd love to add more to our summer reading list!