Summer Reading List

I love to read but during the school year the only daily reading I typically get in (besides my devotions) is right before bed. However, summer is a game changer or should I say a book changer?My boys love to have me near by while they play outside so it’s a good excuse to get some reading in. Plus as a former teacher, I know how important it is to be a reading for pleasure example for your kids so I feel really good about having them actually see me read for fun. We are all so good about creating a summer reading list for our kids but are you remembering to create a summer reading list for yourself!?! Here are some ideas….

Summer Reading List

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Light & Fun reads…

I adore the Shopaholic Series! Have you read these!?! I actually laughed out loud while reading these books. {Start from the beginning but honestly you can skip the last one… Shopaholic to the Stars isn’t great.} These other books by Sophie Kinsella are fun reads, too!

Can You Keep A Secret?

The Undomestic Goddess


And God Created the Au Pair by Benedict Newland & Pascale Smets

The Ivy Chronicles by Karen Quinn

Boy Mama reads… I read both of these years ago and I want to revisit them this summer. I got so many ideas from both that I think helped me be a better boy mama.

That’s My Son by Rick Johnson

Mom’s Everything Book for Sons by Becky Freeman

I haven’t read Wild at Heart by John Eldredge but I’ve heard good things and I want to check it out! Wild at Heart is more about men but I feel like this one could give me some insight into what I’m raising up.

Personal Growth reads…

Women Living Well by Courtney Joseph was the book study I did with a fabulous group of ladies last year. There were so many great nuggets!

This year’s summer study is The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst and I can’t wait!

Learning Something New reads…

I saw The Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits while watching my trash on Bravo and thought it sounded fun! I ordered it but it’s out of stock. I can’t wait for it to come in!

I’ve heard SO much about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
and Lord knows I could certainly use some more organization around here!

Here’s my list so far…I know I’ll add to it as the summer goes on. Follow me on Facebook to get the updates on what I’m reading and how I’m liking it. What’s on your summer reading list?

Perpetual Daily Calendar

Every family has a story and our stories are told through the ordinary events of everyday life. I love the idea of passing our daily story to our boys to share the daily ho-hum stuff and the exciting days with their own families someday. A Perpetual Daily Calendar is the perfect way to chronicle our stories in a simple way that even the busiest mama can do!

Perpetual Daily Calendar

I’m not a scrap booker or a journal writer. I’m even horrible at making even digital photo albums! Seriously a family year book has been on my to do list FOREVER and I still haven’t done it. I really wanted to find a way to chronicle our everyday life as a family that wouldn’t honestly take a whole lot of effort and time. I tried the picture a day thing on my phone but then I’d forget to take a picture one day and feel like a loser because I missed a day so then the day would turn into a week, then a month, etc. Then there was the question of what would I do with all the pictures anyways since I’m horrible at making photo albums.

One thing I do almost everyday is make a to do list. I love making lists! Something about writing the list and then crossing things off just makes my heart sing. Why not combine my love of lists and desire to chronicle our life!?! Brilliant! I saw an idea on Pinterest where you cut note cards in 1/2 and store them in a berry basket. Cute, but then my wheels got to turning…

I ordered a date stamp like this one and some old school library cards from Amazon. How fabulous are these!?! Did I mention that I was a school teacher before staying home with my boys!?! Anything school supply-ish makes me drool!

Perpetual Daily Calendar {Dolen Diaries}

I stamped each card with each month and day of the year then I put them in a wire basket I found in the Target One Spot. I had bought this adorable small ceramic berry basket from Anthropology to keep the cards in, but the library cards were way too thick to fit. I think even the large one would have been too small as well if you were thinking of going that route.

Perpetual Daily Calendar: tell the story of your family's life {Dolen Diaries}

Everyday or even every couple of days I take a minute and write a quick note about what happened each day and if I forget then that’s ok too! For example “Gray’s 1st day of 6th / Ash’s 1st soccer game ” was one day and “Laundry and cleaned refrigerator out” was another. Not everyday is glamorous but that’s life and I think we’ll really enjoy looking back at what we did on that exact day over the years.
Every family has a story and our stories are told through the ordinary events of everyday life. I love the idea of passing our daily story to our boys to share the daily ho-hum stuff and the exciting days with their own families someday. A Perpetual Daily Calendar is the perfect way to chronicle our stories in a simple way that even the busiest mama can do! {Dolen Diaries}