Books, Friday Five

Friday Five: Summer Reading

Beach reading
As posted by yours truly at RevGalBlogPals:

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?

Well, clearly, since I said it up above, I do. I usually pile up the books in a particular place, though this year I have books on my Kindle as well.

This year will be different, since I won't be taking a big block of vacation in the summer as I did in my last interim and as a settled pastor. But things definitely slow down at church, and my limitations on knitting at the moment mean I'm spending more time reading. (Though I am doing a little knitting, which is a happy thing.)

2) Have you ever fallen asleep reading on the beach?

Yes and had the sunburn to show for it. I can read sitting up, but lie down on my stomach for five minutes, and I am right out like a light and fried up the back of my legs. It's inevitable. This may be one of the reasons I stopped lying on the beach with a book.

 3) Can you recall a favorite childhood book read in the summertime?

I was 11, and it was "Gone With the Wind." I stayed up most of one night reading it by the nightlight in my room, book jammed between the bed and the wall.

4) Do you have a favorite genre for light or relaxing reading?

I've always enjoyed mysteries as popcorn reading.

5) What is the next book on your reading list?

I have the first two Julia Spencer-Fleming titles on my Kindle. They were a free download to promote her new book! That is exciting. As soon as I finish the books in progress now, I'll be entering the world of her priest-detective. I also expect to read the sequels to Stephanie Meyer's "Twilight" this summer.

Over at the RevGals' blog, in the sidebar, I've updated our RevGalBookPals schedule through October, so if you are looking for summer reading, look there!

17 thoughts on “Friday Five: Summer Reading”

  1. I remember reading Gone With The Wind in high school! I also remember reading Scarlett. Did you read that, too? (Came out in the mid-90’s, I think there was a miniseries?)

  2. I did read it! Such a wonderfully awful book. I didn’t watch the miniseries, though. I didn’t mind imagining more story, but I couldn’t stand to see “other” people play the characters.

  3. funny, I never read Gone With the Wind? What was I doing? I remember reading A Tale of Two Cities on the bus….

  4. OUCH! Sunburn – BTDT too! 🙂
    Thanks for commenting on my play – I’ll definitely join in the Jesus for Pres book discussion. 🙂

  5. Wow, you have a kindle! How do you like it? How often do you read from it?
    Another summer reading, like “Gone With the Wind” was the summer I nursed my firstborn (born in July) as I read “The Far Pavilions” by M.M. Kaye. DC will be 29 in a week or so–maybe it’s time to read that book again! (I still have it.)

  6. i highly recommend the adventures of claire fergusson… and that hunky chief of police. i have a member who just got a kindy; so now i can picture you with yours reading away…

  7. I like how you were reading “Gone with the Wind” while I was reading Nancy Drew!!!

  8. I have never read “Gone with the Wind”. I should add that to my summer reading list.
    I love summer because I always read so much more because we spend so much time at the library and I usually have a bit more free time.

  9. Another thumbs-up for the Julia Spencer-Fleming books. It was hard for me to willingly suspend my disbelief enough to accept the whole ex-Marine crime-fighting priest angle…but what I found was that Spencer-Fleming’s descriptions of parish life and of Claire’s own struggles with faith and leadership are “right on.”

  10. Never have read Gone with the Wind and can’t imagine tackling it at 11.
    I notice the Julia Cameron book to my left here. I enjoy writing…have you found that her “writing diet” works?

  11. They give you free downloads? Maybe I should get one? Good FF . Thanks!

  12. I have the Julia Spencer-Fleming books in my pile to read, too!
    (I think we were separated at birth.)

  13. I’m wondering about the Kindle, too – a bit spendy for us at the moment, but something I’m considering for future purchase. What do you think?

  14. I’ve never read Gone with the Wind. But I am going to have to check out Julia Spencer-Fleming. Good play!

  15. I’ll have to check out one of the Julia Spencer-Fleming books. That sounds intriguing and entertaining. I forgot to mention in my (late) play the #1 Ladies Detective Agency books. GREAT summer reading!

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