A Retreat Summer Reading List and Moved to Tears by Writing

After the activity yesterday many people exchanged book lists for summer reading. The list below is a collection from the group. These books are for varied age levels and interests. The four above are ones I gathered before the trip for summer reading.

The Book of Everything by Guus Kuijer
1001 Books You Should Read Before You Die edited by Peter Boxall
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Atonement by Ian McEwan
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
Wicked and other titles by Gregory Maguire
Snow by Orhan Pamuk
So B. It by Sarah Weeks
Dinner With Dad: How I Found My Way Back to the Family Table by Cameron Stracher ( his proud cousin-in-law is part of our group)
Writing Brave and Free by Ted Kooser and Steve Cox
mysteries by Josephine Tey
mysteries by Martha Grimes

Are there other titles you could recommend to my growing list?

Last evening the wind came up and there were whitecaps on the lake. We felt it was unsafe to have our nightly campfire.

We moved inside to this yurt that has been transformed into a comfortable classroom. It worked well with the lights dimmed to listen to writing by our participants. Serious topics such as death of parents, children leaving home, and a drowning accident were crafted into prose that brought people to tears. The evening inspired the group to continue with new writing ideas today.


  1. I just finished "The Night Journal" by Elizabeth Crook. I enjoyed it immensely -- I love books that move from our time to the past and back again.

  2. I am so excited to read about your experiences at the retreat. I am so happy to see the Four Agreements and Eat, Pray Love in the pile. I also love the other two!!!!

  3. Marci: Thanks so much for another recommendation. I will add it to the pile.
    Tori: I think we have the same tastes in books.
    To both of you: I think now I will need another retreat just to get caught up on reading!

  4. So many books - so little time. I was thinking how very fortunate you are to be able to attend your retreat with like minded women. It must really inspire and motivate. As if your locale isn't inspiration enough!

  5. Actually there are men and women. That always adds a different flavor to discuss, writing, and sharing. I am sad to leave this morning.


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