This week is the first week of my summer break, and despite sizzling temperatures (the heat index has been 110 for the past two or three days) I've been spending time outside reading. This is my decompression time, but I know from experience that time like this is as evanescent as a soap bubble, and will disappear as quickly. I try to reach some kind of balance between "must" and "don't have to." After the urgency of the school calendar, and the pressure of grades and grading, preparing lessons, attending meetings, and getting up at 5:00 a.m. every morning, summer can come as a shock to the system, and I often have the sense that I should be getting something done every minute of every day. How about just being?
Then there is my self-constructed, self-imposed summer reading list. I would post my list today but I'm still mulling it over. What is realistic? I went a little crazy at the book store and with online shopping over the past few days--there are so many books that I really want to read, and they are literally staring me in the face. Okay, I'm literally staring, and they are figuratively staring back.
And then I signed up for NetGalley, and there are several galleys waiting for me there. Now I have to ask myself whether I want to invest in a Kindle or other e-reader, since I know reading entire books while sitting at my computer will probably get old really fast. Still and yet, I'm excited about the books I signed up for.
What is on your summer reading list? Do you go for "beach reads" or do you read the same type of books that you read the rest of the year? Maybe you're like me: I like to tackle at least one or two big, fat classics during the summer. Then I will throw in a few quick reads (I think of this as "cleansing the palate"--it's like a sherbet course between substantial courses at a big meal).
Where do you read in the summer? Are you a beach reader, or do sand and sun block distract you? What's on your list? I'll be interested in seeing what your list is like: long and challenging, or sporadic and impulsive? Tomorrow I'll share my summer reading list, and give you an update on how I plan to celebrate 100 followers (should be soon, don't you think?). Hint: there's a giveaway involved!