Summer Reading 2017

Hey all!

I’m back after a two-week hiatus that was full of long walks, lots of non-fiction, and lots of family stuff (a new nephew, a funeral, and a surgery… phfewwww).  But I’m back now, and I’m so excited to introduce Summer Reading 2017!

If you’re not familiar with my Summer Reading Lists, you can check out this post.  Essentially, in order to further the joy that was free reading time during childhood summers (as opposed to more structured reading and class-related reading during the school year), every summer I set aside 3ish months and follow a themed reading list.  It sets apart the time as special, and it pushes me to read things I might not normally read.

Examples of past lists include:

  • Star Trek books
  • Fantasy books
  • Book I Own but Have Never Read
  • Hugo Award Winners

I’m excited to announce that from June 20-September 22, my theme is:

Books Written by People of Color

This theme came from wanting to support diverse authors and realizing there was a long stretch of my reading list where I read almost exclusively books by white women.  (Not on purpose, by any means.  But you know about my love for Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga…)

I can’t wait see what I discover this summer; I’m particularly looking forward to exploring different authors in genres that I typically read (science fiction, fantasy, Christian non-fiction, health).

For a bit of teaser, here are the first few books on my list:

  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • The Fifth Season by N.K Jemisin
  • Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys by Richard Twiss

I will say, I have one more review to share with you before Summer Reading officially kicks off.  I’m also going to continue reading my daily devotional by Shauna Niequist.  And in early July, I’ll be reading a book by a white man because I already signed up for his blog tour.  But other than that, for the next 3 months, it’s only books by people of color.  Here we go!


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