A man is riding a bike on a hill.
Close this search box.
A watercolor illustration of a typewriter with a note on it.

Guest Post: Five Great Summer Reads

by Kellyn Roth |
May 31, 2017

guest post by elisabeth

That’s right … today we have a guest post! It’s been a while since we’ve had one of those, hasn’t it?
Today, Elisabeth of Mostly Styled will be recommending a few books to you (that could be read in the summer … or practically any time … but I’m gonna call them ‘summer reads’ anyway). I’ve read all but one myself and would definitely recommend them. The one I didn’t read (Eve’s Daughters) looks quite interesting! Just my kinda book …
So check them out and try not to roll your eyes at me escaping my blogging duties (per se) once again.

(Note: I added in a few things. These are in italics.)

~The Actual Guest Post~

My first passion is fashion, but I also love reading. I don’t know of any other (better) way to block out all the craziness of life then to read! So here are five of my favorite books to read when I need to unwind!

The Scarlet Pimpernel by ‎Baroness Orczy

Armed with only his wits and his cunning, one man recklessly defies the French revolutionaries and rescues scores of innocent men, women, and children from the deadly guillotine. His friends and foes know him only as “the Scarlet Pimpernel.” But the ruthless French agent Chauvelin is sworn to discover his identity and to hunt him down.
I first read this book when I was eleven, and let me say, I fell in love with it! I love the characters, the plot, and the fact that the heroine wasn’t an annoying sixteen year old! I would highly recommend it (if you haven’t already read it).

(Add on Goodreads)

(AAAAAH THIS BOOK! I just read it, and it’s sooo good! Percy … oh, my word, I love Percy. Odd’s fish, he’s cool.)

Eve’s Daughters by Lynn Austin

Yearning for love and dignity, four generations of women must come to grips with the choices they’ve made–and those their mothers made before them. But breaking the cycle that has ensnared them over the decades will prove more difficult than they had ever imagined …
I cried, I laughed, and I fell in love with everything about this book! It’s an awesome story with great females. It’s probably the best Christian fiction book I’ve ever read!

(Add on Goodreads)

(I need to read this now!)

These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Fifteen-year-old Laura lives apart from her family for the first time, teaching school in a claim shanty twelve miles from home. She is very homesick, but keeps at it so that she can help pay for her sister Mary’s tuition at the college for the blind. During school vacations Laura has fun with her singing lessons, going on sleigh rides, and best of all, helping Almanzo Wilder drive his new buggy. Friendship soon turns to love for Laura and Almanzo in the romantic conclusion of this Little House book.
This book is one of the last in a series but it’s my favorite. I’ve read it many times since I was ten, each loving it more! I’m sure most of you have read it or at least one of the books in the series, but if you haven’t you totally should.

(Add on Goodreads)

(It’s my favorite Little House book, too.)

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwick sisters busily discover the summertime magic of Arundel estate’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. Best of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, the perfect companion for their adventures. Icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is less pleased with the Penderwicks than Jeffrey, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Is that any fun? For sure the summer will be unforgettable.
This series is meant for kids, but even my mom has read them and loves them! If you read any of the book in the series you won’t be disappointed, I promise! It’s the ultimate feel-good book! And the last one in the series* is just the best thing EVER! Highly recommended!

(Add on Goodreads)

(*well, the last one that has come out …)

(But yes, this is the best series ever!)

The Selection by Kiera Cass

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Now I know it sounds dumb but I actually really like the series and it gets better with each book. The heroine is annoying and the love triangle is dumb, but it is nice to read when you want to read something but you don’t want to have to think about what you’re reading (think of it like eating cotton candy)!

(Add on Goodreads)

(I just read this one, too! It was pretty good.)

I hope that you guys at least check out one of these books if you haven’t already because they’re all really great!


I’m a Christian teenage girl with a passion for fashion, reading, sewing, and singing! I’m teaching myself sing language and how to sew. I’m also a pastors daughter, sibling to seven, daydreamer, and blogger! I love and welcome all visitors to my little part of the internet (https://whiteglovesandhatboxes.wordpress.com/)! 

Thanks for joining us today, Elisabeth! I really appreciate it. 🙂

Thanks for reading,

~Kellyn Roth~

Bloglovin’ · Pinterest · Facebook


What did you think of that guest post? Have you read any of those books? Do you plan on reading them?

This Saturday we’ll hopefully be having a dares post, and I plan to do something fun next Wednesday. So hang in there!

What do you think of my thoughts?

18 Responses

  1. Ahh, these all sound good! I’ve read The Selection series, The Penderwicks, and kind of technically The Little House series? I’ve been meaning to re-read those though … there’s too many books, Kell. There’s just too many. *shakes head* I don’t have enough timmmme. XD

    1. Why do you write …
      Okay, sorry. I haven’t even watched/listened to Hamilton and I keep doing that … XD
      I’m the same about the Little House series, kinda. I’m like, “I read them … at one point ….” But I have reread These Happy Golden Years. Because it’s a book we own. And I’ve reread most of the books we own. XD

      1. Ahhh! Oh my word did you just reference Hamilton? I’m so proud of you. XD XD My influence (plus others I suppose … Though I’d like to think it’s all my work … 😉 ) on you is great.
        Yeah … So like I know I’ve at least had all the Little House books read aloud to me at one point … And I’m pretty sure I’ve actually read most of them myself but like … I don’t know, man. XD
        Huh, that’s funny. So we own them all (so I have no excuse … 😛 ) but I still haven’t read them or reread a bunch of other stuff we own that I’ve been meaning to? Personally I think I’m wayyyy less likely to read/reread a book if I own it … Which probably has something to do with tons of library books always being checked out and due dates and such … XD

        1. XD Yeah, it just slipped out … thinking about running out of time …
          Well, most of the time I don’t go to the library for weeks on end, so … and there was a long period of time when I couldn’t find my library card/didn’t want to pay library dues/etc.

    1. I KNOW! PERCY IS AMAZING! Which movie version did you watch? I’ve watched both the ’30s and the ’80s version now, and I thought they were both pretty good. 🙂

  2. I really liked The Selection when I read it (and I actually LOVE America??? Not as much as other charries tho) but I think if I read it now, I wouldn’t enjoy it that much. And The Penderwicks interested me as a child… but not anymore. XD

  3. Nice books! I have actually read the whole Little House series, and it is awesome. I have read a couple of The Penderwicks as well, which are awesome in their own way.

What do you think of my thoughts?

Follow my blog

Want to receive notifications of new posts? Let\'s make this happen!

Join 1,618 other subscribers