Summer Reading for Homeschool Moms

All. The. Books.

I just can't seem to shake this obsession to read books, collect books, go to bookstores, make a trip to the library.... you get the point!

As a homeschool mom it is important to be well read. We want to impart as much to our children as possible. When they see us reading they want to read. When we read about something interesting we can share it with our children.

Reading also helps me retain WHO I AM - it helps me remember the stories I love, and the things that feed my soul. Sometimes we homeschooling moms tend to lose that, know what I mean?

I'm seizing every possible moment to READ, and this summer I anticipate there will be more moments than during the regular school year.

So here's a peek into my reading life - my nightstand to be exact - for this summer.

Summer Reading for Homeschool Moms

Ways To Read

I read in several formats, simply because I'm reading all the time.

  • Purchasing books - It's my weakness and I'm not apologizing for it, so many of these I have on my shelves.
  • The Library - what a great place to hang out! I'm getting to know the librarians well, and often I'm seeing the same patrons at the library and we talk books. So much fun!
  • Libby App - perfect for checking out eBooks - this is great for your iPhone or iPad - it's done by Overdrive.
  • Audible - I always have one audiobook going in the car


How To Find The Books

Finding books is a large part of the fun of living the literary lifestyle! Maybe you can add some of these resources to your arsenal. 


Bookish Things I LOVE!

I have a reading pouch I keep with me at all times.

I love to have pens, highlighters, book darts, and pretty bookmarks. I also keep a very simple reading journal - with the names of the books I have read, the date finished, and a few of my favorite quotes.  

My book light (what I gave my husband in his stocking for Christmas -- because it's really a gift to HIM that I don't keep him awake by keeping the lights on!) is probably my favorite thing ever!


Expect the most wonderful things to happen133;(Write Now Journal)Everything you can imagine is real. (Write Now Journal)We are the music-makers, and we are the the dreamers of dreams. (Write Now Journal)There is no enjoyment like reading! (Write Now Journal)Book Darts 125 Count Tin Bronze  Bookmarks - Line Book MarkersStaedtler Color Pen Set, Set of 36 Assorted Colors (Triplus Fineliner Pens)CHoSCH Double-Tips Highlighter Marker Pack, 7 Colors Chisel Tips Highlighter Set, Best Choice For School And Office. (CS-8119)Pencil Bags- Set of 6 Pencil Pouch Organizers for Home and Office, Ideal for Students, Travel Cosmetic Makeup Bag for Women, Assorted Colorful Designs, 9 x 4 x 0.25 InchesMighty Bright 47017 Recharge Book Light, White



Summer Reading for Pleasure

Most of my titles this summer are purely for pleasure.

Life has been busy and emotional the past year. I need a break. Reading is going to be my HUGE guilty pleasure this summer!

The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell: A NovelThe Female Persuasion: A NovelThe Ensemble: A NovelThat Kind of Mother: A NovelLittle Fires EverywhereHow to Walk Away: A NovelPachinko (National Book Award Finalist)The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes AfterThe Light of the World: A Memoir (Pulitzer Prize in Letters: Biography Finalist)The Mothers: A NovelThe Story of Arthur Truluv: A NovelThe Great Alone: A NovelThis Must Be the Place (Vintage Contemporaries)I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with DeathSmall Great Things: A NovelThe Mars RoomThe Librarian of Auschwitz


Summer Reading for Professional/Personal Development

Staying inspired and aware as a homeschooling parent is important. Because my children are older I have found myself choosing just a few books to keep me going.

I also am including personal development books in this category, too. 

Beauty in the Word: Rethinking the Foundations of EducationHow to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent ReadingRecovering the Lost Tools of Learning: An Approach to Distinctively Christian EducationThe Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-DiscoveryReading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes EverythingComfort Detox: Finding Freedom from Habits that Bind You


Classics for the Summer

I've chosen a few of the "lighter" classics for this summer.

Middlemarch is a GIANT book, but I'm listening to it on audio and it's oh so wonderful. It may take me all summer to finish it, but I'm ok with that. Make sure you listen to the version with Juliet Stevenson as the narrator - she is SPECTACULAR!

MiddlemarchA Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Modern Classics)Northanger Abbey (Penguin Classics)


I'm not promising I'll get to all of these this summer, but I'm sure going to try! 

I'd love to know what YOU are reading this summer. Leave me a comment below and I'll start adding to my list! 


Summer Reading for the Homeschool Mom

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