My Favorite Summer Reading Places

Big Stock Photo--Very similar to my swing. I wish I had thought to add pillows.

Big Stock Photo–Very similar to my swing. I wish I had thought to add pillows.

My summers during high school were wonderful! I had long amounts of reading time, and my favorite place to read was in our front porch swing. I spent many happy–hot–hours on that swing.

I have multiple places I like to read now, but during the summer, one of my favorite places is in front of the wave pool at our local water park. I can catch some sun, cool off in the wave pool, listen to the waves, not feel guilty about undone chores–and even though I’m surrounded by people– be totally alone with my book.

There are a few hazards, though, such as the starling that landed on my head. I’m thankful he didn’t leave any parting gifts!

During my porch swing days, I’d devour huge historical fiction novels. I can still dig into big or deep books during the summer. But, I’ve learned that when I take a book to the wave pool, it has to be just the right kind of book.

It must be:

  • an easy read–there are lots of distractions at the water park
  • not too serious–I’m willing to wipe a few tears, but I don’t want to bawl in public
  • paperback–to keep my bag light
  • a book I own, not a friend’s or the library’s–there will be water and sunscreen involved.
Photo by Deb Watley

Photo by Deb Watley–The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina (The Roman Mysteries #6) by Caroline Lawrence–from summer of 2014.

I’ve found that Caroline Lawrence’s The Roman Mysteries Series are perfect for reading at the wave pool. Lawrence has described her middle grade series as Nancy Drew set in AD 79. Here’s a photo of The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina (book 6) from last summer. I finished book nine a couple of weeks ago. I’ve already ordered book ten.

Where’s your favorite summer reading spot? What do you like to read there?


    • Deb Watley

      Thanks! Wasn’t Nancy Drew wonderful? If you love mysteries, Caroline Lawrence has another kids’ mystery series set in the Old West (P.K. Pinkerton Mysteries).

    • Deb Watley

      Happy reading to you, too, Jane! The Roman Mysteries series were published by a UK publisher, but the books are readily available through B&N and Amazon.

  1. Julia

    Ah, porch swings. My grandfather had a deep, pine green one–a lovely place to spend the summer with a book, or a daydream.

  2. Mary Louise Sanchez

    The swing would have to stay stationery for me, thus I like the sofa and/or my bed best. The Egyptian books sound interesting. I’ll have to look for them.

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