It’s Memorial Day . . . a day for honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country . . . a day for cook outs and ice cream . . . and a day to mark the official start of summer (my favorite season!).
I love summer for so many reasons. Long days. Balmy evenings on our deck. Breakfast under the pergola. Container gardens bursting with color. Trips to the beach. And (you knew this was coming) summer reading.
As a kid, I loved the summer reading program at the library. I have always been a keeper of records, so I put a lot of importance on tracking the books I read with the folder the library provided. I used markers and stickers and glitter to personalize it. I loved visiting the library every week to show them my progress and pick out books to take home. I loved reading in the yard, in bed with a flashlight, in the car on road trips, on picnics, at the beach and more.
For the past several years I have participated in Summer Book Bingo. I’ve gotten a cover all every year and I enjoyed finding ways to fit the books I planned on reading into the squares on my card. However, Mary isn’t hosting it this year and, while you can still access her site and create a Bingo card, I will not be doing that. I’m ready for a break from the pressure of a cover all. I’m ready to read whatever I feel like reading or, if I’m being completely honest, whatever becomes available from the public library. I’m ready to loosen the rules and make summer reading fun and easy.
I’m hoping you will join me in a Summer of Reading here at Carole Knits. There are no rules other than to read. Track books if you want. Track pages read if you want. Track hours spent listening if you want. Or don’t track anything at all. I’ll be posting about reading on a regular basis, tempting you with topics to encourage you to read. Like any summer reading program worth its weight in salt, there will be prizes! Every comment you leave on any posts about reading will equal one entry. There may even be special contests that I will announce at random. The program starts today and ends on Labor Day.
And that’s it . . . Summer Reading on Carole Knits has begun!