It’s summer and I’m reading! IT’S SUMMER and I’m REEAAAADIIIINGG. (Sing to the tune of “I’m in a store and I’m SIIIIINGING.”)
Anyways, what is all of this big deal about (AIR QUOTES) summer reading?
Legitimate question. Before we go into this, look at this bee. Isn’t he cute? He likes summer reading and he flew into my shot to be the star of this whole thing.
Thank you, bee. Back to me.
Okay, well, I did think about this for a minute and I think the difference between what I read in the summer and what I read other times of the year is basically that I like to read fiction and funny memoirs in the summer. I think that is all.
I’m not really sure why I do this; there’s something ingrained in me from childhood that novel-reading is for vacation. An air-conditioned library in the heat of summer that makes me want to finish all my chores so I can crack open a juicy novel.
(This isn’t a juicy novel, it’s a book about minimalism. I started a Savers pile five pages in.)
As I grew out of the juvenile fiction section, I started to become less enthusiastic about fiction because of dark and/or sexual content that made me feel ick. I’m probably pickier than the average person about my fiction
So far, the novels I read this summer both contained curse words and references to sex. However, in the sexual department I would say that it did not register much higher than every Basic Christian Girls’ favorite novel, Redeeming Love, by every Basic Christian Girl’s favorite author, Francine Rivers. Any distasteful content I came across in the novels I read was there to create a believable story. The last two chick lit books I read also highlighted important social issues about women, which I really liked.
One reason I’m more open to fiction than I used to be is that I get almost all of my book recommendations from blogger Modern Mrs. Darcy. I’ve been following her for years. Her taste is flawless and she never wastes my time with her recommendations. She literally reads hundreds of books a year before she compiles her summer reading guides, which contains the favorites of her favorites. I am an avid fan of her podcast What Should I Read Next and her themed Book Lists.
So how do I find time to read? This is what I usually get asked when I start talking about books.
It happens because I love to do it. I just have a compulsion to open books and see what they say inside. Occasionally I will spend a day reading a stack of books while I let everything else in my life implode for the next twenty-four hours. It’s just something I’ve learned that I need to do to be a happy person.
I am also a CRAZY FAST reader. I’m technically a peruser of text, to be honest. Poetic books KILL ME. I just cannot even. I am not the kind of reader who has patience to stop and “savor” chapters. Here is what happens when you tell me to slowly read a book of poetry one poem at a time…or similarly, some deep book where I should only read one chapter every week: See HERE.
That’s also why I’m a horrible book club member.
My husband also wants me to tell you that I have a special ability to completely block out my surroundings when I read. This is both scary and awesome. As in, oh, a city bus has crashed into my front room. That is tragic. But I didn’t know because I was reading.
I am sure this is a survival skill acquired from being born the eldest of seven children. In all seriousness, reading is the one leisure activity that is easy for me to stop and start during the day and that I can do while my kids are happily playing around me. Unlike a device with a screen, my kids seem more at peace with paper and ink.
If you are one of those people who never reads, but you really want to, I’ll recommend one of my favorite books of all time that I think everyone who reads this blog will love: Bread and Wine by Shauna Neiquist. And her other book Cold Tangerines is a close second. Memoirs and food. I can’t think of two better things to put into a book.
I pulled my 2016 Summer Reading List from several of Anne’s podcasts and her 2015 and 2016 Summer Reading Guides. Most I can get at the library, but a few I’ll have to get on Kindle. Several I found FREE at the thrift store! (One advantage of having a growing TBR list.) I’d like to say that my book list is stored in a fancy app somewhere, but at the end of the day, it’s just stored in my Notes app on my phone!
To Be Read
Little Beach Street Bakery
Everyone Brave is Forgiven
When We Were on Fire
The Quotidien Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and “Women’s Work”
The Blue Bistro
Nobody’s Cuter Than You
The Shoemaker’s Wife
All the Light We Cannot See
The Kitchen House
Girl Meets God
Big Little Lies
I should have put links to these books. And yet, I didn’t. Because I’m lazy and am very distracted at the thought of eating gelato in bed while I clear my camera roll from beach pictures.
Summer is really making this blog go downhill.
But there’s Google, Amazon, Modern Mrs. Darcy’s site and the library card catalog all waiting for you here on the Internet, at your very fingertips. I love you. Don’t forget to make the lemon basil water. It’s really good.