Blogs by Ronald W. Adams
Summertime Reading Ideas
7/13/2008 6:28:49 PM
Believe it or not, summer does come to Buffalo, New York. After endless months of bone-chilling cold and gloomy skies, shorts and t-shirts have replaced the parkas. It’s the time of the year to sit back, relax. And read! Let’s face it, when I go to the town pool or the beach with the family, I can always find someone, and usually more than one, digging into a book. Here are some suggestions guaranteed to make your summer months an enjoyable, book-filled season!
On the road again…
Do you associate reading with the memories of being holed up in your room finishing your summer reading list or scribbling a book report before you could run outside to play. Why not combine the two? Summer is the perfect season to embark upon a little road trip, drive to nearby field or travel to the nearest beach. This time, bring a book along. Thanks to the scenery, chances are you’ll forget you didn’t want to read in the first place.
This time, why not the best…
You’ve probably encountered lists of classic book titles, ranging from the lengthy "War and Peace" to the simplistic yet worldly "Little Prince". You’ve heard their titles, but you’ve never actually read some of the world’s greatest novels. Summertime is a perfect opportunity to read what you’d otherwise let collect dust. Suggested classics include the following:
• “Treasure Island
• "Following the Equator"
• "Catch 22"
• "Moby Dick"
• "The Three Musketeers"
• "Slaughterhouse Five"
Only the lonely…
If you’d rather enjoy human interaction to reading in solitude, join or create a book club. Gather a few friends or relatives and make a list of suggested books to read. Creating your own book club gives you the freedom to select the genre of books you like. Hopefully, your fellow bookees won’t judge you for your book nomination. Hey, any occasion for a party!
Read what you love…
There is no summer reading law that mandates the genre or topic that readers enjoy; even reading People magazine still counts as a summer read. Historical romance novels more your style? Great! Prefer a hardboiled detective story? There are hundreds to choose from. A sure-fire way to keep you reading is to find topics, writing styles and genres that keep you interested in your book.
I love cracking the binding on a new book. Sure, owning novels is handy, especially if you like to loan or archive the books you’ve read, but it can become a pricey habit. But wait- there’s hope for you! Most towns have public libraries that are often accompanied by a free membership, or a small membership fee. Be sure to locate the library nearest you and return books on time because, well…we have all had that nightmare before! And if you still want the pride in ownership, try your local used bookstore. Locally, a place called Crazy 4 Books sells used books for $1.99. Talk about a bargain!
So grab a beach towel, your sunscreen, and a good book, and head for your favorite summer spot. I’ll see you there.
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