Summer Reading


Books I may read this summer. I’ve already started several. Photo by Deb Watley

I read a lot in the summer.

That’s been true since I was a kid. Summers meant long, unscheduled days and lots of reading time. The best part was that I didn’t have to do any reading for school, so I could follow my own interests.

That meant reading and rereading animal stories, the Nancy Drew series, and books by Louisa May Alcott and Laura Ingalls Wilder. As an adult I still like to reread favorites once in a while, but that is not an exclusively summer thing for me.

Now my summer reading habits aren’t much different from the rest of the year, except when I travel or go to the pool. Then I want books that don’t take too much concentration and aren’t too dark or sad.

My one summer reading habit is that I love to read Caroline Lawrence’s Roman Mysteries books while I’m at our local wave pool. I’ve read so many while soaking up the sun and listening to lapping water that those things are linked for me.

I recently heard someone say that each summer he reads about America’s Founding Fathers. I hadn’t thought before about focusing an entire summer on one topic or one author. That could be a rewarding experience.

Do you adjust your reading habits for summer (types of books, locations, etc.)? Do you make a summer reading list, read best-sellers, old favorites, one series? What constitutes a summer read for you?


  1. Mary Louise Sanchez

    Summer reading is the best! I don’t have a topic I read in the sumertime, but I’ve been focused on WWII for some time, and so have quite a few on that subject to read. I tend to reject stories that are dark (no matter the season), and even though war stories might seem like they’d be dark, I find hope in the ones I read.

    • Deb Watley

      I’m with you. I tend to avoid dark books year-round–or I read them in small doses. And yes, war stories can be very inspirational. Do you have a favorite WWII book?

  2. Tarissa

    Summer reads are always those books in which I intend to read year-round, but never have the time for. I ALWAYS make room for Louisa May Alcott in my summer! (I’m actually hosting a reading challenge on my blog in honor of her.) Usually I try to fit in some large vintage tomes (Dickens, Austen, etc.) to make sure I can still do it!

    Great post! I’ll have to check out more of your blog.

    • Deb Watley

      Hi, Tarissa! LMA is a good summer read! I’m listening to an audio version of Little Women this month. Your blog looks fun, too. I love that you’ve included Little Women-inspired food. I smiled when I saw Jo’s lobster salad!

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