Summer is a short but healing time in the Northeast and a little bit of planning can help maximize the impact. Combine the cathartic effect of reading a good book with the power of the sunshine, nutritious foods, and good rest… and we’ve got the potential for a powerfully restorative season.
The school year is just wrapping up here for my kids and a couple of the more ambitious among them have started making their Summer book reading lists. My high school aged daughter is particularly excited to have more time to dive into all of the books that she’s wanted to read but which have been squeezed about by the Ancient Greeks and Biology texts.
Since one of the books she wants to read is a book that I am scheduled to review, I asked if she would like to write a short review of her own that I can include in my write-up. She enthusiastically agreed and decided it would be fun to write a brief review (for personal use) for each of the books she reads.
I headed to the computer to put together a reading log that she can use as a cover page and that her siblings can also use. Then I added three more designs just for fun (and so that the boys would have non-floral options). Then I thought…
I bet some of my readers would enjoy using these as well! Please feel free to print off as many as you like for free and share this post with others looking for simple solutions to the fleeting and fruitful days of Summer.
Fill them in, color them, doodle on them… however they fit your life… do that! I will be printing one off for myself as well and putting it in my planner. I read less often than I used to and need some accountability.
I’ve included my 14-year old’s Summer book list at the bottom of this post. Some of them are her requests and some are my recommendations. She does not need additional motivation to read but I know that some kids do… and having a record of accomplishment and effort can definitely help the reluctant.
Tentative Summer Reading List for my 14-year old daughter:
I’ll preface this list by saying that this kid reads voraciously and has read a large portion of our library and beyond. So this list has been curated to both challenge and entertain, with the goal of increasing knowledge, goodness, and comprehension.
She’s starting with 9 (in any order she chooses) and if she does more, will start another record sheet!
Start.: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work That Matters - This was recommended by Dave Ramsey for High School and college students.
Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens classic. She has already read several of his works so we are making our way down the list.
Made for This: The Catholic Mom’s Guide to Birth - My daughter specifically asked for a book on birth
Treasure in Clay: The Autobiography of Fulton J. Sheen - Every Catholic should read this book
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming - Equipping for the important cultural discussions of our time
The Restless Flame: A Novel of St. Augustine - All the de Wohl saint novels are wonderful.
Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life - If you live in my house, you learn about nutrition!
Virtuous Leadership - One of my favorite books