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?
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.
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?