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Summer Reading 2023

It’s officially summer and that means it’s time to talk about summer ready. I don’t know about you but a long, lazy afternoon spent reading is one of my favorite things about summer. Inside, with the windows open and a slight breeze. Outside, under the shade of a tree. By a lake, by a pool, at a beach house or a campground, there is something uniquely special and awesome about summer reading.

And you know what’s really special and awesome? Having no rules about it again this summer! That’s right, I’m here to invite you to join me in a summer of reading with no rules. Read whatever you want. Track it if you want. Or don’t track a dang thing. If you’re ready for a challenge, I might suggest reading from a list of banned books. Or reading something you’ve been meaning to read for ages but keep putting off. But, quite frankly, there’s no need to challenge yourself in a specific way, because summer is the perfect time to read for your own enjoyment.

Like last year, there will be prizes. And I’ll be better about sending those prizes out, too. (If you know, you know.) Each comment left on a post about summer reading will get you one entry into the prize pool.

Summer reading. It starts now and goes through Labor Day. Enjoy every moment of it!

This Post Has 17 Comments

  1. Reading what I want with no rules sounds almost like the summer reading of my childhood, and that was the best!

  2. I spent Sunday going through my library For Later shelf and making a summer reading list. I do want to add some banned books so thanks for that link.

  3. Oh . . . you know how much I enjoy a summer of unstructured reading! I’m IN! I always love reading — but I think I love reading in the summer best of all. XO

  4. Aaahhhhh, summer reading. Late at night (2 a.m.) with my friend Leslie spending the night – both of us propped up in bed with iced coffees. Or in a lounge chair under the maple tree in our backyard (where I read Hawaii and Gone With The Wind), or perched in a tree (when I was really young) that leaned over the lake in Vermont where I spent so many weeks each summer. Thanks for bringing back those memories. And unstructured? That’s what I’m all about. I’m in for sure!!

  5. I just finished reading “The Covenant of Water” by Abraham Verghese and it was fantastic! Then I snacked on “Swamp Story” by Dave Barry and it was delightful. Summer reading is off to a great start.

  6. I love reading but summer reading is definitely the best! Reminds me of long summer afternoons on my tummy in front of the air conditioning vent!

  7. Adult life needs more unstructured things. I’m in. Thanks for the banned books suggestions. I feel like it would be interesting to look at the evolution of banned book lists across history. Surely it would tell us a lot about our society.

  8. I’d like to get my library haul pile in order and make a dent in some of the books on my own shelves this summer. Which I guess just means: I plan to read a bunch. As usual.

  9. I have loved summer reading since way back when I was eligible for the kids’ programs my public library did. I hope I am able to find time to read lots of good books this summer and look forward to hearing what you’re reading!

  10. I decided not to do a book bingo or anything through a blog or instagram person. Instead, I took about 10 books that I got from used bookstores or Thrift books and I have them in a pile. I want to read those and then I’m free to add anything else I want to read, a book from the library, a new book from my stacks of new books, or one I go buy or that I pre-ordered and it arrives. I also have a glass jar filled with Title/Authors of which go with 5 bags of books I have (all used books or from when Borders went out of business) that I want to start pulling one book out of each month but that may wait till Fall.

  11. I just finished The Thread Collectors by Shaunna J. Edwards and Alyson Richman. It is an excellent and unusual perspective of the Civil War. I have also recently read Just A Regular Boy by Catherine Ryan Hyde.

  12. Sounds like a great plan and I hope to join in! Thank you for the invite. I am currently reading, Mad Money, by Jodi Picoult. It certainly has captivated me as much as some of her other books!

  13. Prizes!!! 🙂 I just grabbed Beautiful World Where Are You for a NC road trip and have Mad Honey up too. That will be my first Jodi Picoult ever! Here’s to a great summer of reading.

  14. I’m starting my summer reading off with Beach Read, which is perfect for reading on the porch while the kids call for my attention every other paragraph! I’ve got a list of books I’d like to read and a pile of books from the library that caught my eye.

  15. I love reading… and summer reading even more! I am IN with a summer of read whatever you want reading! XO

  16. Summer is my favorite season to embrace ALL things books and reading … maybe because reading outside brings back some of my favorite childhood reading memories? I started State of Wonder, my first “summer book” and we are deep in the jungle in Brazil and I can feel the heat (and the bugs – yikes!)

  17. I recently looked through my bookshelves and decided it was time to read some of these books so I can pass them on. Looking forward to lots of summer reading!

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