Summer is a great time for light hearted reads. I love to always have a book going in the summer. Something that is easy to pick up and doesn’t force me to think too hard. I want something that is fun, enjoyable, and leaves me feeling good at the end.
I’m a sucker for blog posts where people share what they are reading. I’ve found a lot of great books that way. In that spirit, I wanted to tell you about two books that I recently finished in case you are looking for your next read.
House of Living Stones by Katie Schuermann
Want a true confession? I didn’t think I was going to like this book. It’d been on my “to read” list for awhile, but I’m not traditionally a fan of “Christian fiction.” It rarely comes across as authentic to me and there is just something about it where the plot and the Christianity feel forced. This book was different. The characters and the story were just plain fun (especially if you are a Lutheran, like me). The story was heartwarming, real, and down to earth. It was comfort food in book form. I’m looking forward to seeing what the residents of Bradbury are up to in the next installment.
On Thin Icing by Ellie Alexander
This is the third book in the “A Bakeshop Mystery” series about Jules; a chef who moves back to her hometown of Ashland, Oregon to heal after her marriage falls on shaky ground. Her mother has been single handedly running the family bakeshop and is in need of some help. Jules steps in and finds a home in both the bakeshop and back in Ashland. For a sleepy small town, there always seems to be something sinister going on – and it usually leads to murder. Which gives us a fun “who done it” story while endearing us to Torte (the family bakeshop) and its staff. My sister and I have enjoyed reading this series together. The books are fun and light hearted. And a new book comes out this month! We are looking forward to cooking some of Jules’ favorite recipes and having a little party after we finish reading the new book.
So if you are looking for your next summer read, you may want to consider giving one of these two a try.
Have you read anything interesting lately? Let me know! I’d love to check out your favorites as well.