One of the greatest pleasures of summer is spending long, lazy hours in a hammock, at the beach, or on a comfy couch in the conditioned air reading a book. Or a bazillion books, if I had my way.
Now, I know I'm preaching to the choir here. Most of you readers that I know are huge book worms. However, in case there are one or two non-readers out there, give books another chance this summer.
Did you love summer reading programs at the library? I sure did. I was the kid who wanted to win the prize for reading the most books. That is, if the prize was more books. And maybe a shiny ribbon. I was pretty motivated by shiny ribbons.
Is there anything better than a leisurely chunk of afternoon where all you have to do is lie down with a glass of lemonade and read a book? Those hours seem more plentiful in the summer. At least they are in my life.
Here's a stack I've been working on. I like that you can flip through poetry books as the mood strikes you. You can always find something that strikes a chord if you're a patient enough flipper. "Man in the Woods" was a fast read. In college, I liked "Endless Love", also by Scott Spencer. It's been a long time since I've read it, though.
I've heard rave reviews about "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet", but I just can't through it. It's too much of a slog for me. By the third time I was trying to pick it up again, I decided it was three strikes and you're out, Mr. Mitchell. I read for pleasure, primarily. I don't want a literary version of broccoli. No offense, broccoli. I'm a big fan of you.
I would have balked at re-reading books up until a few years ago. Lately, though, I really like going back through stories I loved. I often like them even more the second time.
After every chapter or two of fiction, I like to switch to a lookie bookie. It flips a different switch on in my brain. Also, I find that changing subject matter to visual images and non fiction allows me to concentrate better on my novel when I get back to it.
I just finished 'The Girl Who Played With Fire". Those Steig Larsson novels are addictive. "Geek Love" is on the Re-Read List. That's one of my all-time favorite books. Not for the faint of heart, though. You might save it for some Halloween reading.
Isn't this a dreamy reading nook? I want one nestled into a window some day.
SOA Bonus points: Fashion yourself some sort of book nook or fun reading area.
(from Temporary Nest)
This is pretty straightforward. It looks peaceful and easy to replicate.
Now, if I'm going to be dreaming, I might as well be picky. This is awfully special, no? I can never get enough of those sliding library ladders.
So off with you - go fetch a stack of books and dive in!