My Summer Reading


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Today I’m linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for her monthly Twitterature series. The idea is to share short reviews of what we’ve been reading lately, and I hope to start doing this regularly!
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You might have noticed I recently (re) discovered the library. The New York Public Library is absolutely fantastic. They have a really great app that allows you to put books on hold from any of their bajillion locations and send it right to your local branch. So last week I went on a rampage and put tons of books and dvd’s on hold.

With that said, my reading this summer has been less than ideal. I find myself getting really into ONE thing at a time, and for this summer, it’s mostly been TV shows (most recently True Detective, Jonah of Tonga, and Long Way Down). I get fixated and then I have to spend every spare second absorbing it in. (Maybe I should do a top TV shows post. Would that be interesting?) Well I’m back to books and am glad to share some of my favorite reads from the summer and some books I’m currently reading!


My Summer Reads|

Girl at The End Of The World

I devoured this book. Elizabeth Esther’s memoir of her life in a fundamentalist cult is just fascinating. Spiritual, but not heavy handed, and just plain old interesting. My mom and sister read it after me and they too gobbled it up (in less than two days!)

Jesus Feminist

Going to be one of my all time favorites. A new classic. A beautiful, gracious book about women in the church. A must read. I want to type more, but I know this one will be in the top 5 at the end of the year, so I will write more in-depth then and give it a proper praise-bath.

Traveling Mercies

My second Anne Lamott book, after reading Help, Thanks, Wow earlier this year. This one was more of a memoir so I got a better sense of Anne. I enjoyed it, I underlined it, but for some reason this won’t go down in history for me as an all-time favorite. But I can definitely see how she is beloved by many, and how this book has impacted others. Definitely plan on reading more Anne Lamott in the future.


I’m late to the train. This is a best seller from years ago but I’m glad I picked it up. An easy, approachable book that discusses some crazy connections with how things work, and answers crazy questions like “What so school teachers and Sumo wrestlers have in common?”

Dinner: A Love Story

This is a narrative/cookbook/memoir thing. REALLY wanted to like this, because I love the idea of championing and protecting the capital F capital D Family Dinner, but I just found the tone off-putting and stuffy. (Eek! Too harsh?)


I loved this cookbook! My copy was from the library but I marked so many recipes I plan on buying it. My idea of a good recipe is around 7 ingredients or less, and this cookbook was full of them! So many simple classics in it that I can’t wait to try.

Currently Reading:

Summer Reading List|

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

This read is really impacting me. The author shares the daily routines and rituals of over 200 different artists. It has inspired me to structure my day better and find a way to do my best work. I’m almost finished with it and can’t wait to write more about how I plan to add more ritual and routine into my life!

The Divine Hours

I’ve started the Prayers for Summertime and I’m in love. This is basically a devotional, liturgical prayer book. It feels ancient and holy and I am falling in love with liturgy. Hope to write a full post about my new-found love of liturgy soon.


A quarter-of-the-way in and I know I already know I really like this. This is the memoir of a self-labeled cranky, sarcastic female Lutheran pastor. Her thoughts on faith and her approach to life and grace are going to stick with me for quite some time, I know.

Want to Read:

Summer Reads|

A Generous Orthodoxy

An Altar in The World

Think Like a Freak

The Husband’s Secret

And even more on my

Goodreads to-read list!





What did you read this summer? Any favorites? Anything to stay clear of?  I have an endless Goodreads list that I’m itching to put a dent in, but am ALWAYS looking for recommendations!

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  • Nick Monje

    I just finished “An Untamed State” by Roxanne Gay and it’s going to be one of those books that sticks with me for years. It’s about a kidnapping in Haiti. Absolutely beautiful, but brutal, novel. Heartwrenching doesn’t being to cover it.

    • Andrea Enright

      Nick! Good to hear from you! And thank you for the recommendation- brutal and beautiful sounds right up my alley. Adding to the list.

  • Jeannie

    Thank you for sharing what you’ve been reading: I think the only one I’ve actually read is Traveling Mercies; I got An Altar in the World for my birthday a few months ago but have not read it yet. Many of the others look familiar or are on my radar because of other blogs I’ve read, etc. I thought that if you are “falling in love with liturgy” you might enjoy Micha Boyett’s memoir, Found, which is structured according to the divine hours. (If you’re not familiar with her, she used to blog at mama:monk and now is at Micha Boyett: Found Grace.)

    • Andrea Enright

      Jeannie, thanks for stopping by! I totally forgot about Micha Boyett. I definitely need to get my hands on her book, and didn’t even realized it was structured according to the hours. Thanks so much for letting me know!

  • The Wright Place

    Hi! Keepers is one of my favorites (as is DALS but in a different sort of way) we’ve been eating from its pages for many months now and haven’t come across a dud yet. Definitely worth buying. Before you begin the Husband’s Secret you may want to prep a few meals because The Husband is difficult to put down! Enjoy!

    • Andrea Enright

      I skimmed DALS (shame on me!) and went back to it and it is definitely growing on me now. But have yet to actually cook a recipe from either- good to know you like them! And Husband’s Secret is due back to the library in a week, so was pondering whether I could finish it in that time- looks like I could! Been craving a real page-turner!