Summer Reading Meme
I’ll be out for the weekend, seeing family and friends and going to a work meeting thingie. In the meantime, enjoy this summer reading meme!
What is your favorite summer drink while reading?
Unsweetened iced tea, water with lemon and mint, or sometimes if I’m being bad, a root beer.
Would you ever mark your place in the book with a blade of grass or a pressed flower?
Hmm. It depends. If it was a pretty book, or a library book, then no. But if it were a thrift-store paperback, then probably yes. However, I always like to find flowers and old bookmarks in used/library books. People mark their books so personally sometimes. I like that.
Fiction, nonfiction, or both?
I am a total fiction reader in the summer. I just want to read good stories. I’m not really in learning mode. That comes in the fall.
Perfect summer beach book?
I have several criteria for The Perfect Summer Book:
1. It needs to be a pretty big chunkster. I like a big fat book for summer reading.
2. Preferably some sort of epic family story or drama. Past summer favorites have included The Shell Seekers and, guiltiest of guilty pleasures, Scruples (which remains the only Judith Krantz novel I could ever stomach). Also both Gone With The Wind and Scarlett. Although Scarlett wasn’t that great.
3. Preferably some sort of rags-to-riches theme
4. With some glamour and a bit of tawdry romance
5. Need not have a happy ending, but no tear-jerkers. Especially now. I am really, really not into sad books right now.
6. For some reason, I prefer female main characters for these types of books.
7. Does not need to be literary masterpiece, but has to be fairly well-written.
8. I like hardbacks with pretty covers.
Are you currently reading a Summer Beach Book?
Yes. I’m reading The Thorn Birds and I’m kind of loving it. It seems to be meeting most of my criteria so far. It’s just the right balance of soap opera, little bit of drama, but nothing too heavy. Perfect.
Magazines for summer? Or books only?
I like magazines but pretty much only when I’m having breakfast on the weekend, when I’m in a waiting room or at the airport, or sometimes mid-afternoon if I’m not in the mood for my book. I have long ago given up trashy women’s magazines that exist only to make me feel bad, and now go for Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, either Book Review, or sometimes an Oprah.
Summer TBR list?
Well, The Thorn Birds for sure. And then I think I’ll read To Kill A Mockingbird, maybe The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (since we have it), and maybe Clan of the Cave Bear just for fun. Then we’ll see what else.
Perfect summer reading set-up?
Ideally, in a quiet back yard in the shade on a warm day, with a nice drink (see above) and maybe a snack, in either a very cushioned hammock or a fat squashy lounge lawn chair. Feet up for sure. Beaches are too bright for very good reading, lakes have mosquitoes, parks are noisy. I need a backyard. Soon, please!
All new books or re-reads?
Summer is traditionally a good time for re-reading for me. I used to read my favorites every summer, starting with Little Women and going through The Lord of the Rings and so on. Unless it’s something by an author I love, I tend to wait on newly released books anyway. I like old favorites and classics in the summer.
Perfect summer book-lover vacation?
Oh, let’s see. I think the PERFECT summer vacation for a book-lover like me would have to last at least a month, right? Someplace warm, near a river, not too populated or touristy. Ideally a little cabin with a short walk to the river, with a swimming hole. Lots of grass and trees. A small town with a good bookstore and a good library. Maybe the cabin is pre-stocked with beat-up paperback favorites. A big bathtub with one of those book-trays so your book doesn’t get wet. A TV but only for movies. No phone. And of course, Terri and the kitties (and a dog?) Yep, sounds perfect.
What about you?