ST. CLOUD - For me one of the best times to sit down and read a good book is summertime.  It's great to have reading material while I'm out relaxing at the lake.  And, when I'm home, there's not a lot of new programming on T.V. (with the exception of the past couple of weeks and the Olympics).

I'm always curious about what other people are reading. Even though I currently have 16 books on my "wish list" on my Nook,  I like to have my eye out for the next big thing in the literary world.  I also get bored easily reading the same author, or genre, over and over.

I am excited to share with you what I've been reading this summer.  Although it may not be new to some of you.  And then let's find out you all are reading as well.

I just finished reading book number three in "The Walk" series by Richard Paul Evans.  The second book is titled "Miles to Go", and the third is called "Road to Grace".  I don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't read the books, but after the third book he still hasn't finished his walk (That was a little disappointing for me).  Book number four in the series is due out in the spring.

The story is about a man from Washington state, Alan Christofferson, who in a matter of just a few weeks loses everything: his advertising business, his house, and his wife.  So, with nothing left to do, he sets out on a journey to walk across the country.  It's a story about the people he meets along the way, how they change his look on life, and how he changes them.  It's a spiritual series, without being overly religious.

I found it to be a nice easy summer read. I know the Great River Regional Library has all three books on their shelves.

So what's next for me?  I've just picked up the book "The Sweet Season" by Austin Murphy, which came out in 2002.  It's about the St. John's University football program.  Murphy is a Sports Illustrated writer who spent an entire season with the team.   I recently had the pleasure of interviewing legendary coach John Gagliardi, and I wanted to learn more about him and his historic career.

Now, this is where you come in, share with us what you've been reading this summer.  What are some good recommendations?