There is a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work; and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs. ~Henry Ward Beecher
The best way to summer read is to start with a stack of great books, the kind that will keep you reading all hours of day and night. The hard part is finding the great books …
On Memorial Day, I finished a great book, Kate Atkinson’s new novel, Life After Life. As with all books I absolutely love, I couldn’t seem to put it down toward the end. My husband took this photo of me, trying to squeeze in a few minutes more reading. Apparently, Morris and Poppy like it when I read, too.
I started following one of my friends, Nina Badzin, in her annual reading challenge a couple of years ago, to read 50 books per year. It’s been one of the things that has stretched me as a writer, a human being, and an online citizen. It’s also driven me to search for ways of finding great books.
With 4 other writing / blogging / reading friends, I founded and help run GreatNewBooks.org, a book recommendation site. We often have giveaways and always feature great books, every Wednesday, all year long. If you haven’t plugged in there yet, please stop by and join in the reading love.
The more I read, the better I write. I know it. I’m still hard at work on my novel, The Golden Willow, and I’m excited about it — it’s set in New Orleans and Cinque Terre, Venice, Milan, and the Amalfi Coast, Italy, about an 85-year-old woman whose past mistake returns to find her at the end of her life, and her granddaughter sets out to uncover the truth.
Here, a visual list of many of my favorite books from my list at Goodreads.com.
Also, the beginnings of my stack of summer reading …
I’m looking forward to writing, reading by the pool and at the beach, painting, and of course, soaking up free time with my sons on the basketball court … it promises to be a wonderful summer.
I’d love to hear what books are on your summer reading lists …