Summer Reading List for Christian Moms + Free Printable

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I’ve been waiting ten years for this.

That’s 3,650 days.

87,600 hours.

More than 5,000,000 minutes.

Waiting. Dreaming. Counting down….

But it’s finally arrived.

A deliciously memorable motherhood milestone…..

After years and years of “you must be within arm’s length” and “high-alert, don’t-look-away, poolside parenting,” I am finally going to be THAT MOM!

THAT MOM I used to silently curse as I was forced into the chilly waters of pool-mom duty.

You know, the one who is basking in the sunlight, not a care in the world, lost in a faraway land while her children…well, who cares, what her children are doing…she obviously doesn’t care….

Because she’s graduated from poolside-stress to poolside-bliss.

And now, I am THAT MOM.

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In honor of this glorious occasion, I have compiled a list of all the best books I’ve read in the past year,  and a few I’m hoping to read by the pool this summer.

I must warn you, this list is heavily skewed to my own reading preferences.

I’m a total sucker for Christian historical fiction. I love Regency era novels. And I read about 5x as much fiction as non-fiction.

Consider yourself warned…

I haven’t set out to make a reading list for the ages, I’ve simply compiled all the books I’ve loved to read (and longed to read) into one place.

Oh, and at the end of this post, I’ve compiled it all into a totally free *no strings attached* printable.

Woo Hoo!

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But before we get started…

I’ve got two book lover’s tips I simply must share.

First, if you read quickly (like me), I strongly encourage you to invest in a Kindle Paperwhite (here’s the one I have).

I never ever considered getting a Kindle. Not once.

But my husband bought me one for Christmas and I am in love.  His name is Kenny Kindle Koontz and we spend most of our weekends gazing at one another at our favorite spot on the couch.

If you do have a Kindle, be sure to sign up for BookBub Deals . Also, check your local library. Mine has tons of Kindle titles available and they are so easy to download.

Second, I found this amazing Google plugin that adds a Library Extension to my Amazon.com account, so every time I look up a book it searches my local library database to see if it is available to check out (digital and paperback). I swear, it’s the best thing since sliced bread.

Ok, on to the reading lists.

I’ll be sharing my 5 favorite Christian historical fiction authors and my 10 must-read Non-Fiction titles.

Once we get through all that, you’ll get exclusive access to my downloadable Sumer Reading List for Christian Women (my top 46 picks).

So much fun!

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My 5 Favorite Historical Fiction Authors

Warning! This reading list is subject to change without notice. These are just my current faves…

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#1 Karen Whitmeyer

Ok, Y’all. Karen’s my current fave and here’s why. Her writing is intricate, her imagery is captivating, and her characters are deliciously flawed. I picked up a copy of A Worthy Pursuit on the sale rack at a local bookstore, and within two weeks I’d blazed through five of her books.

I recommend you go out and buy (or search your local library for) all her books immediately. Especially her newest title, Heart on the Line (available for pre-order now).

My three favorite books from Karen (if I was forced to pick) are Head in the Clouds, Short-Straw Bride, and A Worthy Pursuit (the book that started my obsession).

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#2 Melanie Dickerson

I used to work in a coffee shop when I was a teenager. Because of this, I always leave a generous tip at coffee shops (because I know how much baristas depend on tips).  This makes my next confession a bit painful….

I am the cheapest reader on the planet. I live at the local library, shop the bargain bin, and love picking up used books for a $1 at garage sales (which is absolutely ridiculous considering I’m an aspiring author myself, and I know how much writers depend on retail sales).

Because I want to support other writers, I’m slowly learning how to pay full price for books (ouch!). And Melanie Dickerson’s book, The Beautiful Pretender, was the first novel I’ve paid retail for in a long time.  And it was WORTH EVERY PENNY.

Melanie writes Christian regency romance and medieval fairy tales. Ummm…yes, please!  I’ve also read and enjoyed A Spy’s Devotion and A Viscount’s ProposalI hope to read the rest of her books this summer (by the pool, of course).

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#3 Julie Klassen

Julie’s titles include some of my longtime favorites. In fact,  I think it’s about time I re-read a few.  Her stories are all set in Regency England (my very favorite era); her writing is clean and the characters are well developed.

I think I’ve read most of her books,  but my top three are definitely: The Girl in the Gatehouse, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, and The Dancing Master.

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#4 Lorie Alice Eakes

Ok, now we are getting through my “read everything they ever wrote” shortlist of authors. I love most of Lorie’s stories, but there are a few I had to trudge through ( for example, Flight of Fancy just didn’t move quickly enough for me).

Her stories are generally full of action and drama. Lori’s rugged ship captains and mysterious aristocrats are like dark chocolate, I just can’t get enough! My three favorite are Heart’s Safe Passage, A Reluctant Courtship, and A Lady’s Honor.

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#5 Sarah E. Ladd

Prior to becoming wife, mother,  writer….I was a professional golfer. This unique life experience forever ruined golf-themed movies for me. Hollywood is simply incapable of portraying the sport accurately. I’ve heard similar complaints from lawyers (about law-themed tv shows) and cops (about CSI type shows).

I share this because it is the foundation of an important caveat I must express with this particular author. I love her stories, but they only ever receive 4-star ratings in my Goodreads account because the writer in me is always tempted to critique her work. And when I’m reading fiction, I’d rather not wear my editor hat.

But, for all you non-writers, her books are lovely! I especially enjoyed her characters in A Lady at Wilgrove Hall,  The Headmistress of Rosemere, and The Heiress of Winterwood.

That wraps up this section, now let’s move on to….

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My Top Ten “Must Read” Non-Fiction Books

For the sake of relevancy, I’ve decided to limit this reading list to ONLY the books I’ve read in the past 12-months.

I’ve written reviews for several of these titles on my blog, I’ve included hyperlinks to those reviews for your convenience:

10. 5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit by Nicki Koziarz

9. Come With Me by Suzanne Eller

8. You Are Free by Rebekah Lyons

7. The Difference Maker by John C. Maxwell

6. Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman

5. Talking with God by Adam Weber

4. Wild in the Hollow by Amber Haines

3. Craving Connection by InCourage

2. Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst

1.  Traveling Light by Max Lucado

List includes 5 top Christian historical fiction authors, 10 must-read Christian Nonfiction titles, and a FREE printable Summer Reading List for Christian Women | Reading Challenge | Adult Reading List | Book Ideas for Women | Book Reviews | Books for Mom

Printable Summer Reading List for Christian Moms

If you enjoyed this article so far, you are going to LOVE this printable summer reading list.

Now that you know if our reading personalities are compatible, you’re ready for my *totally free no strings attached* printable summer reading list.

I hope you spend many hours this summer relaxing (by the pool if your kiddos are old enough) and enjoying these books that have brought so much joy to my life.

I’ve placed an asterisk by the titles I have not yet read (but plan to read by the pool this summer). ENJOY!

Click Here to Download Your Free Summer Reading List

Thanks for stopping by! What’s the best book you’ve read in the past year and why? Let’s chat about it in the comments.
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Sarah Koontz

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57 thoughts on “Summer Reading List for Christian Moms + Free Printable

  1. Sarah,
    I love your list especially since our local libraries offer audiobooks and ebooks via Hoopla and Overdrive. The link for your download just takes me back to the post so I cannot print your list which I definitely need since I am a WAHM who wants to participate in Summer Reading Club with her kids!

  2. Sarah! All those time period books!?!?! I will have to look into them further but I generally turn up my nose if the women on the cover looks like she’s in a corset or is a pioneer. lol 🙂

    If you are interested in any present day period books – I highly recommend Terri Blackstock (Christian mystery) or Roxanne Henke has a whole series that starts with After Anne. Those books were amazing and I even contacted the author, felt like a weirdo but had to tell her how her books touched me. Highly recommend!

    I loved the Jan Karron Mitford series as well. I’m at that age too where my kids don’t need constant watching, but oh how I miss those toddler hugs and newborn snuggles! How are those days gone in a snap?

    1. I warned you, Christy! I’m a historical fiction nerd. To each her own, eh? I know I need to break out of my favorite genres from time to time, so thanks for the recommendations.

      Yes, the kids grow up quickly and each season brings joys and sorrows. We hit the pool yesterday and plan to do so again today. I’m armed with my waterproof bag and a Karen’s newest title. Can’t wait!

  3. We have similar reading habits – I am a fast reader and a Kindle (combined with an elliptical) is this girl’s friend. I might get the plugin, but since I’m a bit older the Kindle is much easier on my eyes. I also subscribe to BookBubs. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can read certain books for free.
    I like historical fiction (and I’m also cheap), but I’ve not read any of the ones on your list. So thanks for this post – I may check out some of these.

    Stopping by from #MomentsofHope Linkup

    1. Nylse,

      Yay for new book ideas. The plugin also tells you if it is available on Kindle from your library (free 2-week checkout). I am part of the prime program too, although I haven’t actually read any of the free books yet. So, if you are a historical fiction fan and haven’t read these…who are a few of your favorite authors? I’m always looking for good book recommendations…

      1. Lynn Austin. I read the entire Refiners Fire Series. It appealed to me because it was around the time of the Civil War and highlighted slavery and how the characters in the book dealt with it. It was multifaceted.

        I read the Handmaids Tale because it was free on my Prime Reader. I sometimes like dystopian books, but I totally regret reading this book. It’s like what was the point? Happy summer reading.

  4. Sarah, I’ve been following you on IG for some time now, and I’m sure we’d be good friends IRL! Love this reading list! I’m excited to try the Karen Witemeyer books and I also own many of the Christian noon-fiction reads, but haven’t had time to actually read them. So they will go on my list as well. I’m also pretty excited to check out the Google plug in for my Amazon account that will let me check the library for the book. What could be better?! Yeah for summer reading!

    1. I bet we would be! Love making new friends through Insta (thanks for following along). You are going to love Karen’s books! Hoping you have time to get some reading in this summer.

  5. I love books lists! I haven’t read hardly any Christian fiction so I will have to check out some of the ones you recommended.

    1. Oh, my. Beware. It’s addictive. Karen’s writing isn’t overtly religious, but she always tackles important themes in her books. Start with her!

    1. Rosanna, I too went through a season where I knew I wasn’t supposed to read fiction (even Christian). I used to get too caught up in the stories and my whole life would fall out of balance. I’m grateful I’ve found a new place and rhythm in my life. Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to read the Max Lucado book if you haven’t already…so great!

  6. I LOVE Karen’s books, I can hardly wait until her next work comes out. I’m not very patient. Have you read anything by Mary Connelly? She is another of my favorites.

    1. I’m the most not-patient person ever. That’s why I asked to be one of Karen’s influencers. Got my greedy little fingers on her book exactly 6 days early. But today is the official launch day, so go get your copy. I’m 8 chapters in and it’s great so far. I haven’t read Mary Connelly, I will look her up for sure! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Sarah- I can’t wait for this milestone. I’m still the momma scrambling around the pool. I drool at the other moms blissfully enjoying their books.
    I’m kinda giddy reading your list because I haven’t tried any of these fiction authors, so I need to check them out. I guess I’ll be going to the library today:)
    Visiting from #MomentsofHope

    1. Oh, I hear you! So happy to share great authors. If you have any favorites, please share. I’m looking for new fiction books to read this summer (since I’ve read all the ones on this list).

  8. Thank you for taking the time to make the reading list and doing a giveaway! I so enjoy reading 🙂

  9. Ah the best book I’ve read this year…. I have had quite a variety that I’ve appreciated. “Saratoga Letters” by Elaine Marie Cooper-Christian Author-set around the Battle of Saratoga between British and colonies and much inspiration taken from her own family history. The author attends my SIL’s church. I also read a book called “The Food of Love” by Amanda Prowse- had a little language in it but it was a book about a family where anorexia invaded and the journey through that. It isn’t a Christian book so for me it was a wake up call to how people might deal with it without the hope of Christ but it still was a very emotional book and I believe very realistic. These are just a few. Another series that I have grown to love is a little mystery but setting very Downtown Abbey like with butlers and the sort- is by the Author Clara Benson Angela Marchmont is the main character who has a knack for finding mysteries-very easy reads but keep you wondering who did it! Clean and fun.

  10. Great list! I discovered Klassen this year. Girl in the Gatehouse was so good! And I love the Innkeeper of Ivy Hill. Excellent!

  11. You absolutely must read the three book series by Golden Key Parsons.

    In the Shadow of the Sun King…A Darkness to Light Novel, a historical novel about the persecution by King Louie XIV of the Huguenots.
    A group of French Christians who eventually came to America. Golden was researching her lineage and discovered she was part Huguenot. Her novels are close to history as she writes with intense page turning excitement and intrigue. I promise you will not be disappointed at all. Book 2 is “A Prisoner of Versailles”, and #3 is “Where Heart are Free”..

  12. Good morning, Sarah! Stopping by from Tell His Story and happy I did! What?! Amazon’s tool is going on my get-it-done-today-list. Love Suzie Eller’s book, Come With Me. Reading Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst right now. Max Lucado’s Traveling Light is an all-time favorite of mine! I can’t wait to read some of the other’s you’ve listed. Have a blessed day!

    1. Is that not the coolest thing ever? It’s already saved me tons of money and made adding titles to my library must read list so easy. Sounds like we have similar taste in books. Keep me posted on any great reads you find this summer.

  13. Wow! What a great list! I have read most of the non-fiction titles you mentioned, but I haven’t read a fiction work for a long time and, well –isn’t that what Summer is for? Thanks for the suggestions!

  14. Sarah, thank you for this post and the list! I was an avid reader BC (before children) but haven’t been able to lately. This summer I will have a large amount of time on my hands. I am SO excited to have a good list to help get reading!

    1. I took a big break when my kids were little too. They are elementary aged now and I definitely have more time for reading. Enjoy your summer!

  15. Sarah, I just started my summer reading wish list and can’t wait to add some of these as well. I have to admit I’m more of a book collector than a book reader (my good intentions don’t always translate into actually making the time to read all of them) but I’m excited to give it my best shot!
    Hugs and blessings to you this summer!

    1. You crack me up, Marva. I’m that way with non-fiction but I hardly buy fiction because I go through it too quickly to justify the cost. So grateful for our local library and Kindle deals.

    1. I just hate it when that happens. I’ve been there, so I figured it would be kind of me to share what I’ve loved reading to help spare others. So glad you stopped by.

  16. Great post and tips, Sarah. Love all the non-fiction Christian books you listed. I love the fiction book, Pride And Prejudice, by Jane Austen. 🙂

  17. I’m still firmly in the “watch the pool like a hawk” phase, giving you the stinkeye between chasing my 1, 3 & 5 year old! Thanks for the list anyway, my kids have to go to sleep eventually and I can sneak in a few pages! 😆

  18. Congrats on the graduation! You have brought back fond memories. I do have to chuckle, though. Graduation was more of a transition the first year- as little ones still wanted to squirt me with water guns. I have many wet books from that phase. Thankfully, I learned not to take the library books to the pool until preteen years.

    In reference to your non-fiction list, I have listened to several of these guests on James Robinson’s program “Life Today”. Some of the books sound fantastic. 😀 God is good to give us such wonderful authors, who communicate His message. Thanks for stopping by my blog, last week. Enjoy your summer reading.

    1. That sounds like a great show, I’ll have to look it up. My kids haven’t splashed me yet, but a few rascals who belong to another squirted me with a water gun my first trip to the pool this summer. I’ve got wrinkled pages in my book to prove it. I have a special bag to tote my books around in (it’s actually a cooler, meant for food, but perfect to keep all the elements away from my treasures. I think I’ll follow your advice and leave library books home for a while.

      1. 🙂 Great idea to to keep your books in a waterproof cooler! They are safe from the squirt guns and splashes. You are a very smart mom! 🙂

        James Robinson’s show is found on TV, or you can watch online at lifetoday.org. I turn it on the computer while I do housework. Their guests are amazing. Shelia Walsh is one of the new hosts and does some of the interviewing. I will try to copy the link for you:
        http://lifetoday.org/

  19. I love this list! Four out of five of those authors are favorites of mine, as well. I’m taking The Painter’s Daughter (the only Klassen novel I have left to read) on vacation with me next week and I am anxiously waiting for my copy of Heart on the Line to be in my mailbox! The best book I’ve read so far this year is A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander. I love how much detail she includes from the time period, the depth of her characters, and that the story took some turns I wasn’t expecting. If you love Historical Christian Fiction you should definitely check it out! That happens to be my favorite genre as well 🙂

  20. The only fiction author I haven’t heard of is #4. But because I LOVE all of the other fiction authors you mentioned, she must be great, too. I will have to check my library.

    I just finished The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson yesterday and have begun The Fairest Beauty today. I’m like you – I read way more fiction than non-fiction. 🙂

    Have you ever read Cathy Marie Hake’s books? I remember flying through her books one summer.

    Sometimes I read a nonfiction book at the same time I breeze through several fiction books. I read the nonfiction more slowly taking in the truths there. That’s what I’ve been doing recently – I’m slowly making my way through Humility and Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray.

    Have fun reading this summer! And thanks for linking up with us at the LMMLinkup.

  21. It’s a wonderful list. I’ll go through especially the non-fiction books recommended. Congratulations by the way on your growth from “you must be within arm’s length” and “high-alert, don’t-look-away, poolside parenting,” to a more relax parenting. Best wishes!

  22. Our reading tastes are very similar! I have read all these authors and most of the books you’ve mentioned. I almost always reach for historical fiction, too. And I’ve had the same thoughts about Sarah Ladd. Love her stories, but I do feel the editing could be better.

    Are you on Goodreads? I love connecting with other readers and finding good books there!

    My absolute favorite EVER is a debut novel (a trilogy, actually, but it’s really one big huge novel split into three books) by Jessica Dotta, called the Price of Privilege (PoP is the third book, but it’s the name of the whole series). SO good. I’ve read it three times, and I rarely re-read books.

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