Summer's a time when you don't want to do any extra work, so we did the work for you and compiled a reading list - several, actually.

Some lists are lighter than others, but here's what Her.meneutics contributors plan to read this summer. If you need a little inspiration, check out some beautiful photos of extraordinary libraries.

Ruth Moon
The Believers: A Novel, by Zoe Heller
Saving History, by Fanny Howe
The Secret Life of Words, by Henry Hitchings
Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke

Elrena Evans
I'm currently reading Sara Miles' Take This Bread, and then I'm looking forward to reading an ARC of Joanne Rendell's Crossing Washington Square. Next up I'll probably read David A. Kessler's The End of Overeating (I have to wait for my husband to finish it first), all while anxiously waiting for my fellow Literary Mama Kristina Riggle's debut, Real Life and Liars.

LaVonne Neff
A Plague on Both Your Houses, by Susanna Gregory is on my nightstand.
I am halfway through Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir, by Christopher Buckley
I am also halfway through Finding Happiness: Monastic Steps for a Fulfilling Life, by Abbot Christopher Jamison
The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery
Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story, by Isabel Gillies
Secrets to Happiness: A Novel, by Sarah Dunn (the cover picture is irresistible)

Christine A. Scheller
Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life, by Robert N. Bellah, Richard Madsen, William M. Sullivan and Ann Swidler
Honoring the Body: Meditations on a Christian Practice, by Stephanie Paulsell
Liturgical Theology: The Church as Worshiping Community and Spiritual Theology: A Systematic Study of the Christian Life, by Simon Chan
So Brave, Young and Handsome, by Leif Enger
Before Prozac: The Troubled History of Mood Disorders in Psychiatry, by Edward Shorter

Katelyn Beaty
The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco
The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, by Lesslie Newbigin
Reordered Love, Reordered Lives, by David Naugle
Columbine, by Dave Cullen
Wise Blood, by Flannery O'Connor

Laura Leonard
re-reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (before the movie comes out!), by J.K. Rowling
We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live, by Joan Didion
The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz
One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading, by Euguene Peterson
Angry Conversations with God: A Snarky But Authentic Spiritual Memoir, by Susan Isaacs
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey, by Trenton Lee Stewart (for my "beach reading" I like to read fun YA novels)
I am also planning to finish theTwilight novels, by Stephenie Meyer (for the sake of keeping up with my youth group girls, of course :))

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Sarah Pulliam
Home: A Novel, by Marilynne Robinson
Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, by A. J. Jacobs
Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger
The New Shape of World Christianity, by Mark Noll
Harry Potter, by J. K. Rowling

Christianity Today editors also offered some picks at the main site. What books would you recommend?