Reading is absolutley wonderful. Some people don't think reading is much fun and I will confess openly I've never understood why. Everyone loves stories, and books are really just well-crafted stories. Not all books are created equal. Some are awful. Some are dry. Some are technical. But, the great ones are absolutely riveting…like the greatest movie you've ever seen–only a week long.

I spend much of the year reading primarily theology, leadership, business, and biblical studies books. I hardly read any fiction during the year, so in the summer, I read nearly only fiction and my Bible. It offers me a creative reload. Memoirs also make the cut…because they read like fiction.

There are so many books out there, I have to find some way to narrow the field. So, I tend to pick award winners, classics, books that have been on the New York Times Best-Seller List for some time, or a book that has enormous buzz around it. This summer, I'm picking three contemporary books, then I'm going all classics. Here's the list. I'd love to hear yours.

I'm leaving a couple of slots for books you all recommend. So, help me out! Feel free to read along. I'll be offering some thoughts based on these books over the summer. What are you reading?



Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand (I've started reading this–stunning book!)


In the Garden of Beasts – Erik Larson


A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan


The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway


Gilead – Marilynne Robinson


Let the Great World Spin – Colum McCann