Friday, May 25, 2012

Summer Reading Plans

Summer readin’ had me a blast - Summer readin’ happened so fast
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ @TNBBC posed the following question on Twitter: Do your reading habits change in the summer? Everyone is posting their summer reading lists... #confusediam

I replied: Mine do not. #JustMe?

I don't read brainless books. If the temperature is above 80 degrees & I'm on a beach w/ a pina colada I STILL DO NOT READ BRAINLESS BOOKS.

I get a tan in the summer. I get in a little better shape usually. But I don't get dumber and neither do my reading habits.

As a kid when school provided suggested summer reading the books were classics. Why should “summer reading” as an adult mean brain candy?

Applying "Summer Reads" label certainly does suggest that readers will seek different types of books than they do at other times of year. Why?

I guess literature didn't already have sufficient labels so it needed a seasonal one. When is someone going to create a SARCASM font?

When you see the titles that are advertised as great for summer reading it tends to be frivolous reading. “Frivolous” as I define the word anyway.

You’ll see certain books labeled “chick lit” for example 10 months out of the year, a “summer read” for the two warmest months. I’ll ignore it all twelve months.

My guess is that the majority of people reading 50 Shades of Grey Twilight in the summer don't switch to Nabokov for the winter. Lite reading is an all year round thing for them.

I’m certainly not against escapist fare, and perhaps summer is the most appealing time of year to read such literature for some people.

But whatever the genre or plot, if I’m going to invest myself in a novel I want and expect quality fall, winter, spring AND summer.

Looking for a summer read that won't make you think or feel or care? If so, Patches of Grey isn't the book for you.

Or maybe it is the book for you. Maybe you don't mind thinking and feeling and relating to characters who seem true to life when you immerse yourself in a novel. If so, not only Patches of Grey but also my second novel Matters of Convenience may be just the type of story you're looking for any season of the year.

** The artwork in this posting can be found at the Etsy shop - Erin Go Paint **


  1. I have to agree with you. My reading habits don't change during the summer. I just pick any book on my to-be-read list.

  2. My reading doesn't change much during summer either. I do a mix of genres, styles, and reading levels throughout the year as well as a mix of fiction and nonfiction. Everyone's different.