Back in the day, before I went to seminary, I worked in the Children's Room at the Public Library, and every year we geared up for Summer Reading. Children would come in and record the books read over the summer, and the season included numerous special and celebratory events. As a lifelong book lover and enthusiastic summer reader, I find I still accumulate a pile of books for the summer.
This week, then, a Summer Reading Friday Five.
1) Do you think of summer as a particularly good season for reading? Why or why not?
Yes and no. The long days make me want to be outside. But it's generally too stinkin' hot to be outside, so I'm inside reading.
This summer is the exception, though: I'm currently in NJ taking classes for my DMin, so no fun reading for me. Research starts imminently.
2) Have you ever fallen asleep reading on the beach?
No. I've never had the patience to stay with a book that long on the beach. At "my" beach, there was so much to see: giant Navy ships and huge tankers, sailboats in every size, jet-skis and dolphins and surfers (at the right end of the beach, in the right weather). And now, I feel like laying on the beach is a waste of my time.
3) Can you recall a favorite childhood book read in the summertime?
The Trumpet of the Swan was one of my favorites. Watership Down is a summer read for me, too.
4) Do you have a favorite genre for light or relaxing reading?
Okay, here's my guily little secret: I love vampire stories. Not so much the dark brooding ones as the newer, more humorous, sarcastic ones (see my answer below). I also like fantasy, science fiction, and medical and science thrillers.
5) What is the next book on your reading list?
Twilight, I think. There's been a lot of online buzz about the new book coming out, and there's a vampire story I haven't read.