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End of Summer Reading

There’s something special about summer reading. I don’t sacrifice quality in the name of a carefree summer attitude, although I did find my way back to fiction last month. Yet, I find myself gravitating to ease and casual.

Perhaps my final month of summer reading is like a barbecue with paper plates and giant watermelons instead of serving platters and fancy plates. (Who am I kidding, I never use fancy plates. But you get the idea.)

This month was a kick off your shoes, read in the middle of the day and late into the night ode to summer. And it did not disappoint.

Can't miss summer reads from bestselling authors!


A delightful look at God in all the ordinary places.I flew through the pages of Melanie Shankle’s book Church of the Small Things the way you fly through conversation over coffee with a good friend you haven’t seen in a long time. It was light and funny with treasures of depth sprinkled throughout. Melanie challenges us to be our truest selves and embrace the life we live today without preaching at us. And her Small Things lists and amazing chapter titles are pure GOLD!


This book comes out in October. You can pre-order here with a low price guarantee and then check out the fun pre-order goodies!

Always a favorite, Kingsbury weaves a lovely summer read.I found my way back to a perennial favorite, Karen Kingsbury, with her latest installment of the Baxter Family, Love Story. It was just what a summer read should be: light, easy, and sweet. You don’t have to read the earlier Baxter Family stories to appreciate Love Story (she gives you a synopsis at the beginning). By all means if you’re looking for a series, start with the Redemption Series here.


Poetic and sadly beautiful story woven with God's truth.Wild in the Hollow surprised me from page one. I don’t know what I expected, but I found myself engrossed in her story. The poetic cadence of her writing settling in deep and become natural like sitting with a new friend and hearing their story. And that’s what it is….a story, full of beauty and heartache, punctuated by a beautifully thought-provoking sermon.

“…the invisible part of transformation that no one can skip–confession and repentance. Even if I had sold everything I owned to give to the poor, I wouldn’t have been free without confession and repentance, and aren’t those some archaic words?”  ~Amber C. Haines

Haines challenges us to find the beauty and truth that truly matters.



Explore Romans and discover hope!I love when God brings us to books at the right times. I’ve had If: Trading Your If Only Regrets for God’s What If Possibilities on my shelf for a little while. I had even started it once. I don’t know what made me stop, but I am grateful I picked it up again. Written in 30 chapters it’s the perfect design for a month-long devotional. Batterson explores Romans 8, challenging us to say yes to God’s possibilities. Blending scripture and stories this book left me feeling something I lacked for a long time: hope. More than that, it challenged me to put hope in action.

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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

26 Replies

  1. Becky,
    I always enjoy reading what others have read and enjoyed….different seasons and reasons invite different genres. Right now I’m reading “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah…..I seem to enjoy historical fiction. Thanks for the recommendations!

    1. Becky Hastings

      So many of my friends have read “The Nightingale” but I just haven’t embraced it. What do you think?

  2. A couple of these sound very intriguing. I’ll be checking them out and pinning so I won’t forget.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Yay! I hope you enjoy them. You’ll have to let me know what you start with!

  3. Church of the small things looks like the one I’d like to start reading. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Becky Hastings

      It was good, and a quick read which I need sometimes 🙂

  4. Thanks for sharing, Becky! Of all these I think I only knew a bit aout Church of Small Things.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Always looking for an inspiring read! 🙂

  5. Loved Wild in the Hollow. Her writing is glorious. Just added Church of the Small things and the Redemption Series to my list. Thanks Becky. Can’t wait for cooler weather to invigorate my reading life.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Yes! Isn’t it funny how the seasons bring different types and stages of reading?! Let me know what you think!

  6. Church of the Small Things sounds delightful. I’ll be on the watch for it. I hadn’t heard of Mark Batterson’s “If” but I’ve loved other books of his that I have read so I’m sure I would like this one too. Thanks for sharing your list, Becky!

    1. Becky Hastings

      “If” is good. And I just got an advanced copy of his upcoming book, “Whisper” — it looks like it will be good!

  7. Looks like some good choices! I have not read Karen Kingsbury in a long while, but I loved the Baxter series. May have to look this one up!

    1. Becky Hastings

      It was nice to remember the characters. And she has a great intro to remind you of everyone 🙂

  8. Becky, I always love a good book list, and this one tickles my fancy as they say. Will be pinning to my ‘Books to read’ page. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Yay! I would love to hear what you think!

  9. Thanks for the list! I always enjoy finding a good book list

    1. Becky Hastings

      You and me both! 🙂

  10. I read Wild in the Hollow and really liked it and was challenged by it. And I keep hearing good things about Melanie Shankle’s book — thanks for the recommendation!

    1. Becky Hastings

      It was good and light, sprinkled with deep ideas. I hope you enjoy it!

  11. Stopping by from Holley’s link up, thank you for this list Becky! Always on the hunt for my next read! 🙂

    1. Becky Hastings

      It’s never ending, isn’t it?! 🙂

  12. You’re a better woman than I am. I read beach fiction!!!! AND LOVED IT. oxo

    1. Becky Hastings

      Beach fiction is so much fun! So glad you enjoyed it! 😉

  13. Isn’t summer reading the best?! Looking forward to Church of the Small Things being available. Will definitely need to check out If–I loved his Circle Maker. Thanks for sharing, Becky! ((hug))

    1. Becky Hastings

      I haven’t read Circle Maker. I do have an advanced copy of his upcoming release Whisper. Can’t wait to share more!

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