What I’ve Been Reading Lately: Lazy Summer Afternoon Reading Edition


“Let’s try to make this a really golden day, girls, a day to which we can always look back with delight. We’re to seek for beauty and refuse to see anything else.” – Anne, Anne of Avonlea

Today I’m linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy to discuss the books that I’ve been reading lately.


Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery – I’m hoping to read through the entire Anne series this summer. I was encouraged by some “book lovers” on Instagram to read and post photos throughout the summer. I’ve noticed in some series that the second book doesn’t quite live up to the first book, but that’s not the case here. I enjoyed Anne of Avonlea just as much as Anne of Green Gables. It is such a sweet series, Anne and her adventures are a joy to read about, and the addition of some new (and equally beloved) characters was so fun. I can’t wait to start the next book.

Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans – Through examining the sacraments of Christianity, Rachel Held Evans takes an honest look at the love, frustration and disillusion she has felt with “church.” I’m so glad there are authors willing to have honest, grace-filled discussions about their struggles and the struggles they see around them. Although I don’t agree with everything she says, I’m glad she’s brave enough to put these things out there, because they need to be discussed and most aren’t willing to have the discussion. Throughout the book, I love her imagery, especially how she’s able to bring a familiar Bible story to “life” in a new way. I also appreciate her humor as she tackles these tough topics.

At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen – I was super excited to start this book because I loved Water for Elephants and thought the premise of this book had the same potential to grab me and expose me to a new, strange world. This is basically an inverse Cinderella story, where a well-to-do lady ends up finding her place among the “hired help” as her husband is on an absurd search for the Loch Ness Monster. Unfortunately, I do not love this book, so far, but I’m sticking it out and hoping for a redeeming ending. The main characters are very unlikeable. I usually need to like the main characters to enjoy the book and I think that’s true for most readers. Also, the book is starting to feel a lot like Water for Elephants (I won’t say why because I don’t want to give anything away). In my opinion, I’d say skip this book and read (or re-read) Water for Elephants instead.

What have you been reading lately?

5 thoughts on “What I’ve Been Reading Lately: Lazy Summer Afternoon Reading Edition

  1. I wasn’t much of a Water for Elephants fan, but I was told that I would like The Water’s Edge anyway! Haha 🙂 I just got the audio from the library. I was intrigued when I read a claim that it was a Scottish Downtown Abbey, but I thought that had to be an overstatement! (It wasn’t that I didn’t like her writing in Water for Elephants. I just thought it was overrated? Couldn’t put my finger on it.)


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