Six books I want to read this summer

summer reading

Summer vacation is already here for some of us, and nearly upon us for others. Although my reading has left me feeling a little unfulfilled of late, I’m still looking forward to what some time off with a good book or two will bring. Here’s a look at what I’m planning to read this year:

The Prodigal Church: A Gentle Manifesto against the Status Quo by Jared C. Wilson

This is one I’ve been meaning to get to for a while now. I’ve read a few pages, though, and it’s delightful.

Buy it at: Amazon | Westminster Bookstore


The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien

I’ve been reading the Lord of the Rings series for the last little while, so it’s going to be fun to finish it up.

Buy it at: Amazon | Westminster Bookstore (trilogy box set)


Newton on the Christian Life by Tony Reinke

I am a big fan of the Theologians on the Christian Life series from Crossway, and based on what I’ve seen so far, this volume looks pretty spectacular.

Buy it at: AmazonWestminster Bookstore


Onward by Russell Moore

Though this one has the least practical relevance to my life (since I live in Canada), it should be a thought-provoking read nonetheless.

Buy it at: Amazon (pre-order)


Preaching by Timothy Keller

The people we have the most to learn from about preaching (aside from those to whom we preach) are those who have done it for a long time. Given Keller’s decades of pastoral ministry experience, I’m really looking forward to learning from this one.

Buy it at: Amazon | Westminster Bookstore


The Batman Adventures, vol 2 by Puckett, Parobeck, and Burchett

For an entire generation, Kevin Conroy’s Batman from Batman: the Animated Series is the definitive Dark Knight. I finally introduced Abigail to this staple of the 90s, and she thinks it’s pretty rad. It’s also one of the few superhero comics I’ve been able to find that isn’t kind of porny or otherwise wildly inappropriate to share with my kids (but that is a story for another time…).

Buy it at: Amazon


That’s a quick look at what I’m trying to read. Some of it I’ll be done sooner than others, naturally, but I think it’s a reasonable goal. What’s on your reading list?

Posted by Aaron Armstrong

Aaron is the author of several books including the Big Truths Bible Storybook, Epic Devotions, Awaiting a Savior: The Gospel, the New Creation, and the End of Poverty, and Contend: Defending the Faith in a Fallen World. His next book, published by Lexham Press, will release in Spring 2023.

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  1. […] to consider what I’m going to read over the next several weeks. Most recently, I shared what I wanted to read during the summer, of which I read all but one—Newton on the Christian Life by Tony Reinke—and only because I […]

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  3. Nitoy Gonzales June 5, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    great list…glad to know you love Batman…I can guess as you read Kevin Conroy’s voice comes in mind in the speech bubbles of Batman…

    1. Totally! And Mark Hamill’s voice always comes through as the Joker.

      1. Nitoy Gonzales June 17, 2015 at 11:19 am

        hahaha!!!his guesting on the flash as the trickster but his voice, man thats the joker….hehehe…whats you favorite stories of batman?

        1. Oh man, there are so many good ones. The Gotham Central series was brilliant (early 2000s). I love the No Man’s Land story from the late 90s. The recent Court of Owls arc by Scott Snyder was pretty rad as well. I’m also a sucker for the Chuck Dixon-Graham Nolan era of Detective Comics in general.

          1. Nitoy Gonzales June 17, 2015 at 11:23 pm

            whoa! I love The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Earth One (have you check that one out?), Legend of the Dark Knight: Blades, Hush, and yes Dixon-Nolan stuff plus things way back the 80’s…Scott Synder is pretty good but he is ending up Batman severely tortured I ask myself “What did Batman do to deserve this” hehehehe

          2. Yep, I read Earth One (overall pretty good—haven’t checked out volume two yet). Dark Knight and Year One both are kind of the gold standard for 80s Batman storytelling. There was so much good stuff in the Legends comic; I remember really enjoying Gothic.

            Yeah, Snyder has done a good job of putting Batman through the ringer of late. The Death of the Family arc was *really* intense. Zero Year was well done, though a bit slow in places. Haven’t read the Endgame arc yet…

            Just recently we took the Batman: The TV Stories TPB out of the library. Lots of fun stories from the 1940s through 1960s in that one!

          3. Nitoy Gonzales June 17, 2015 at 11:42 pm

            Haven’t read Gothic but as I search it online its a good read. I read Eath One several times because I love story and it was Geoff Johns who wrote it (I love his “I-quickly-end-this-great-story” storytelling). Will be picking up Identity Crisis this week. Have you read IC? What can you say about those variant covers?

          4. it’s been ages since I read IC. Meltzer writes a really great mystery-thriller. Parts of it are really grim and one significant character change to a villain is downright shocking, but overall, it’s a very compelling story.

          5. Nitoy Gonzales June 18, 2015 at 5:49 am

            whoa! thats something to look forward too…

          6. Nitoy Gonzales June 18, 2015 at 5:48 am

            40’s-60’s Batman are fun fun fun…

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