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June 18, 2006

Summer Reading Thoughts

Summer Reading Program 2006

Yes, I still knit, but I haven't been that into it recently. Perhaps this is because it's currently 88 degrees in my apartment. Hmm. But anyway, that's why it seems like "All reading, all the time" around here recently. It will all balance out in the end, I promise.

A few Summer Reading Program notes: Yes, you can count audiobooks if you want to. Personally, I feel like audiobooks provide a completely different (and non-reading) experience, but I know not everyone agrees. So if you feel like you've read a book after listening to the audiobook, go ahead and count it.

Also, I wanted to make sure everyone knows that you can find everyone's progress, and the top ten number of books and pages, here. (The Summer Reading Program link at the top of the page goes there, too.) So far, Chris is leading both lists with nine books and 2379 pages. Everything should be up to date as of this afternoon, so if your link is wrong or I seem to be missing your reviews or something, let me know.

And now some personal ramblings: I read constantly, year round, but for some reason reading has always seemed more magical during the summer. This might be because summer vacation used to be a time to read practically all day if I wanted. Most of my happy "outside" summer memories are of reading in the hammock or on the swingset or at the beach, not of actually, you know, playing. And I still think it's unfair that everyone doesn't get summers off, by the way. I miss having time to read a book in a day.

I find that I want to read certain types of books more in the summer, too. Oddly, it seems that the two types are in a way diametrically opposed: classics and genre fiction. I read mysteries year round, but I'm much more likely to go for romance, sci fi, fantasy, and thrillers in the summer than any other time of the year. Right now, I'm particularly in the mood for epic fantasy, Nora Roberts, and maybe Mary Higgins Clark - I haven't read her in years. (I started reading her during a summer in middle school, though, so I guess this has been a trend with me for a while.)

And at the same time, I'm dying to read Austen, Vanity Fair, Gone with the Wind, Jane Eyre. I'm currently reading Rebecca, finally. Maybe this "Time to read the classics!" feeling comes from all those years of school summer reading lists. Maybe it has to do with my feeling through middle and high schools that summer was the time to actually learn things, since I didn't have all that time taken up by stupid boring school stuff. Hmm.

And speaking of summer reading lists, a fun anecdote to end with: A teenage boy and his mom came into the bookstore yesterday. They were looking for two books on his summer reading list. One of The Pearl, I think, and the other was Death Be Not Proud. Without really thinking, I said something like "That's upstairs in the Death section. I'll show you where it is."

The mother looked at me, aghast. "You have a death section?"

Posted by Kat at June 18, 2006 06:40 PM

What self respecting bookstore doesn't have a Death section? I can just picture the look on her face.

I'm trying to think if I have seasonal reading patterns. Probably, because there's so much more time during the summer, or at least it feels that way.

Posted by: Carrie K at June 18, 2006 07:02 PM

Tomorrow I add another two books and 934 pages...

Posted by: Chris at June 18, 2006 09:20 PM

yeah, it's pretty amazing how people's jaws drop when you tell them, ya we have that it's upstairs in death. and on another note, if i knew how dilligently you were keeping score, i wouldn't have time to comment, i'd have to be reading constantly.

Posted by: vickie at June 18, 2006 09:28 PM

A death section, huh? You got me beat. I updated my blog yesterday...two books done.

Posted by: Jocele at June 18, 2006 10:12 PM

I just found your blog from a link at Stumbling Over Chaos and I had to comment. We may be living parallel lives!

I too am a Kat with a K (Kathryn -- is that how you spell it?), I knit, I read a lot and remember summer vacation as that magical time when I could read everywhere and constantly, and, and, and... oh, and I worked in a bookstore for a few months many years ago, and more recently worked in a small-town library for several years during a multi-year hiatus from my *real* career as a tax accountant.

I've kept a list of the books I've read each year for the past several years and it's averaged about 95. My knitting has become an obsession in the past few months at the expense of my reading time -- so many book (and skeins), so little time!

Adding your blog to my "Daily" list right now!

Posted by: kmkat at June 19, 2006 03:23 AM

I wish a bookstore in my neighborhood had a Death section. That would simply my shopping...

Posted by: Christine at June 19, 2006 12:26 PM

Hehe. Death section... Wonder if they got an afterlife section too?

Posted by: tiphanie at June 21, 2006 09:36 PM

Ooh, a Death section? So funny! In Feb or March, I recently found some old MHC hardcovers my mom had, and I re-read them too. Fun! : )

Posted by: limedragon :-: Harriet at June 25, 2006 12:13 PM
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