Monday, August 2, 2021

Sisters' August Reading Challenges

 August is a busy month for many of us. Our family attempts to do some traveling and harvest the garden during the same month. So Charity and I planned some lighter reading challenges for this month. 

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1. Enjoy a graphic novel.

Yes, this is your excuse to read comic-style books. This genre has published some excellent books recently, including some wonderful nonfiction titles. I'll list some examples, but perusing your local library might reveal some more treasures. Don't think that these are for children; these are meant for teens and up.

The Unwanted by Don Brown - Don's written several great  books - this one on Syrian refugees.

Catherine's War by Julia Billet - A story based on the author's mother's survival as Jew in France during World War 2.

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Henrix - Amazing graphics contrast Hitler and Bonhoeffer. You might not agree with Bonhoeffer's choices, but this is a fascinating way to learn history.  

2. Read a mystery.

When I recall my childhood reading, I remember the hours spent with the Bobbsey Twins, Boxcar Children, and the Happy Hollisters. I loved these stories of siblings who worked together to solve a mystery. Give yourself permission to read a "who-dun-it" in August.

Some examples: 

Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - There is a reason these books are classics. Since he wrote short stories and longer novels, you can find something to fit your available reading time in August. Or listen to it on audio.

A Death in the Family by Caroline Duford - A cozy mystery in an English manor.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin  - A middle-grade mystery that hooked me as an adult.

The Lake House by Kate Morton - Why are so many delightful mysteries set in England? Note: Adultery plays a big part in the plot of this book.

3. Choose a book of the Bible and read it several times this month.

You can listen to it on audio, choose a different version to read each time, or somehow focus on one particular book. A short book or long - your choice.

4. Read while sipping a cold drink.

Take the time to slow down and enjoy a moment of rest.

5. Send a book quote to a friend.

This can be a verse, favorite quote, or line of poetry. 

Hope you enjoy reading in August.


  1. I think I can tackle these challenges. Thank you Gina!

  2. Hey Gina, my name is Pam Paige. I met your daughter at the Bucher's this week. I am the the one that gifted her the succulent.🙂 Your daughter has an amazing smile. I'm not sure if she is allowed, but I would love to write her or text. I just read the first blog and I'm hooked. Hope the travel home wasn't too long. Bless you and your family! ❤️❤️😊

    1. Hi Pam,
      Thanks so much for the succulent! She was delighted.
      Can you email me?


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