Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old

Summer Reading List

May 19th, 2016

Summer Reading List (1)

With school pretty much behind us (at least for college students like me!), it is time to gear up for summer! Summer equals reading — at the beach, at the park, or pretty much anywhere in the sun!

Here are some of the books, both fiction and nonfiction, that are on my reading list this summer:



  1. Dawn at Emberwilde  by Sarah Ladd
  2. No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer
  3. From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden
  4. Forever Safe  by Jody Hedlund
  5. A Thousand Shall Fall by Andrea Boeshaar


  1. How To Make A Living With Your Writing by Joanna Penn
  2. Proofreading Secrets for Bestselling Authors by Kathy Ide
  3. Successful Self-Publishing by Joanna Penn
  4. Exalting Jesus In Ephesians by Tony Merida and David Platt
  5. Rise of the Machines: Human Authors in a Digital World by Kristen Lamb

How about you? What books will you be reading this summer? Share in the comments!

You can see what books I end up reading this summer on my book review site, Rachel’s Back Talk. Maybe you’ll find some books there that you want to read too!


Happy Reading!

Rachel Recommends – Tip #2

May 5th, 2016

nf meme 3It’s time for Rachel Recommends – Tip #2: Keep a notebook with you always.”

If there is one thing that I recommend for an aspiring author — it is to always have a notebook with you!

This notebook is something that will assist you in putting into practice tip #1 of always writing down your story ideas. 

Whether you are study your surroundings or reading a book to capture words or phrases that you like, this little notebook will come in handy for keeping track of anything that pops into your mind.

When it comes to studying your surroundings, you may be surprised at what you can learn from watching other people. Remember, you are only one person. You can only know what you are thinking and you can’t create all your characters to have your personality!

If you are struggling to know just what to write down, think simplistically. Write what you see or hear. 

The thing to remember is — you never know what you might observe that could be the perfect fit for your story. 


from A Student’s Guide: 10 Easy Steps to Writing & Publishing


Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old