Summer Reading List

by Lain Ehmann on May 29, 2012

I saw Wendy Smedley’s summer book list on her blog, and I thought it was a fantastic idea! Here’s what’s on my reading list for this summer (non-fiction):

Platform by Michael Hyatt. These days, a great product isn’t enough — you have to have a platform, an existing audience that you can rely upon to help spread the word. Michael Hyatt, former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing, shares his tips on how to create a strong platform using today’s technology and tools.

I’m totally looking forward to reading this because I’m a huge fan of Michael’s blog and really enjoy his podcast. I may to meet him at Blog World Expo next week, where we’re both speaking. :) ETA: Finished. LOVED it. Five of five stars. Read my review here.

The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs. Who is a better model for presenters than the iconic Jobs? I’m starting to present more outside the scrapbooking industry (at the aforementioned Blog World Expo and at the Niche Affiliate Marketing (NAMS) conference in August), so I may as well up my game a bit, eh?

I’ve had this book on my nightstand for months. It’s time to dig in.

Dream Work by Mary Oliver. I’ve never been a big poetry reader, but I read an interview with Mary Oliver a while back and fell in love. It actually made sense to me! So I’m going to pick up a copy of her early work and start sampling.

The Charge by Brandon Burchard. I enjoyed “Millionaire Messenger” so I scooped up Brandon’s new book (for free!) a few weeks ago. In this book, he uses research in positive psychology and neuroscience to help readers reach their highest goals. ETA: Finished! Four out of five stars. Read the review here.

Sounds good to me!

The Prairie Girl’s Guide to Life by Jennifer Worick.   This is another book that’s been on my shelf for a while (YEARS!) but I never took the time to read. I’m still enthralled with the premise — “pioneer projects for the modern girl.” Doesn’t that sound like fun? ETA: Didn’t like it. Two stars. Not going to finish. Read my review here.

Justice in the Burbs by Will & Lisa Samson. We often think that being the hands of Jesus requires us to chuck everything and head to Haiti or Africa. But there are hurting people everywhere… and this book promises to show you how to work on God’s behalf no matter where you’re planted. ETA: Finished and awarded 2.5 stars. Read review here.

Stronger Than Dirt: How One Urban Couple Grew a Business, a Family, and a New Way of Life from the Ground Up by Kim Schaye and Chris Losee. Somewhere inside me is an urban gardener. :) I love books that show how someone makes a huge lifestyle change, and this book promises just that. ETA: Finished and awarded three stars. Read my review here.

30 Ways in 30 Days to Save your Family by Rebecca Hagelin. My family is strong, and we spend a lot of time and effort working on it. But we can always use more suggestions and guidance.

New ages mean new challenges. I’ll have a 15-year-old at the end of the year, as well as a 12-year-old daughter (who’s been going on 25 since she was born!). And Callie is entering a new stage at almost 8. I’d like to see what Rebecca has to say.

Cooking the Whole Foods Way by Christina Pirello. I’ve been dabbling with whole foods, and know it’ll be better for our family. I’m gonna kick it into high gear and get more educated.

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P.S. I’ve got even more books on my list but I’m leaving room for my whims to take me. What’s on your list? Do share!

  • Danielle_nl

    I just found novels by Laura Childs on They’re about a scrapbookstore owner who deals with all kinds of mysteries. Great books to read on my Ipad during the summer holiday.

  • Lainehmann

    I’ve read those!!

  • Lilola

    Meals that heal inflammation by Julie Daniluk is top of my list, especially now because I am in constant pain!

  • Sally

    Oh man…mine are many! I always say (and secretly think) that if I had a chance for another life I would like to read, read and read more.  I have several books by my bedside, on the shelves and I just got five books today at a great antique store here in town that has paperbacks for $1 and hard bound for $2-4.  Catherine Coulter, two of her’s are first on my list!!!!Welcome Summer!!!

  • LainEhmann

    Share your titles – I’m always looking for great recommendations!

  • LainEhmann

    Ooh, interesting! Let me know how you like it!

  • Bonnie

    Thanks for the recommendations. I’m looking for new books and some of these sound great. If you’re looking for light reading try First Grave on the Right. The protagonist is just too funny. 

  • LainEhmann

    Bonnie, I just listened to about half of that on audio. She is very Stephanie Plum-esque! :)

  • Susan Hanna

    You list looks educational… and proper… and verging on literature. No good trash at all!!!! :-(

  • LainEhmann

    This is just the non-fiction… if you want to see the rest of what I’m reading, you should check me out on Goodreads!!! :)

  • Jencowles1024


    This is completely unrelated to your topic, but I wanted to thank you for the May LOAD challenge. My scrap booking has never been more inspired, and I created over 35 pages that I love this month with your guidance. I will truly miss waking up your daily video challenge each morning; it became a much anticipated part of my routine during the month of May. Thank you for reminding me that creative inspiration is all around me.


  • LainEhmann

    Jennifer, thank you for spending May with me! Stay tuned as we’ll have an opportunity for a little reunion at the end of the month. :) 

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