Summer Reading
Yesterday I took my kids to the local library to stock up on books for our upcoming vacation. Some of my favorite memories consist of watching the scenery rush by in my peripheral vision as I concentrated on the book in front of me. I used to pack grocery bags--the paper kind--full of books when we'd set of on a road trip. My children seem to be following in my footsteps.

Nate chose at least 9 chapter books, including an old Sherlock Holmes. Jack stocked up on picture books, and Maggie even chose a few for the road. They just kept piling them up... Thanks to a recent trip to Half-Price Books, I have a small collection of Christian fiction stored up, waiting for me to have extended leisure time. Summer at home with three kids doesn't quite fit that descriptions, so I've had to wait til vacation. Can't wait!

My choices this time around were greatly influenced by the selection sent to me by the Christy Award panel. As a judge this year for the romance category, I discovered several "new" authors that I really enjoyed. I've been on the lookout for some of their newer books, even some sequels that were promoted. Some authors I'll be reading: Susan May Warren, Deeanne Gist, Linda Windsor, Diann Mills, Deborah Raney, Denise Hunter.

And should you find any leisure time, what will you be reading?