Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Summer Reading

I was always a dreamy sort of kid. In the summer, I did the kid stuff--played kickball, dressed Barbies, climbed trees-- but my favorite thing was to sit in the backyard and lose myself in a book.

A few times a week, I'd bike over to the library and check out several books. There were even times when I'd go there everyday! My favorites? Hard to say since I'd read just about anything. However, I tended focus in on a genre or author. Biographies held my interest for several summers. Then there was the Little House summer.

As an adult, I don't read as much as I'd like. Responsibilities, distractions--life in general get in the way. But, the summer comes and all I want to do is read, read, read!

Since I was a teacher, I could indulge in summer reading. And even though I'm now retired and my time is more flexible, there's still that magical pull of summer reading.

During the year, I average about two to four books a month. Since late May, I've been averaging two books a week!

I still focus in on authors. Somehow I missed Girl with a Pearl Earring when it came out. Since reading it in June, I'm now reading all of Tracy Chevalier's books. Carl Hiaasen--another writer who I knew of, but never read. Well, I've read three of his books this summer so far. And I just can't read enough of Raymond Carver!

With all this reading, something has to suffer. Unfortunately, it's been knitting time. I haven't mastered being able to read and knit--yet. But, I think it's something I should work on!


StringPlay said...

Ah, summer reading. Remember the Summer Reading Club? In my day it was 25 books, both fiction and non-fiction. I always say the library is the absolute BEST use of my tax dollars. I haven't read any of your picks (yet).

Devorah said...

There are always audiobooks ...