True or false: I was in Grease my freshman year of high school.
True or false: I can still do the Hand Jive like it’s nobody’s business.
True or false: Given the opportunity, I’d play Frenchy. Or Rizzo. But Sandra Dee? Meh.
If you answered TRUE to all of the above questions, then not only have you read my 15-year-old former self correctly, but you’re also, already humming along to “Summer reading, had me a bla-ast…” You knew I’d talk about summer reading one of these days, so tell me, what are you most excited to read this summer? Might I encourage you to do one of the following:
*Only read a book(s) that you actually want to read. None of this reading just to breezily pass pages stuff – that is simply not allowed in the months of June, July and August.
*Join me in reading one of the books listed below – I’d say there’s a pretty good selection, even though I’m completely biased to the task at hand.
*Read in a Most Memorable Place – choose those books for vacation, hole up on the grass in the sunshine, let yourself stay up late in bed, nestled with headlamp atop your forehead reading until 2 in the morning.
*And, if you find yourself reading a book you just can’t for-the-life-of-you stand, just say no. We’re not in high school anymore. This is no longer assigned reading. You really don’t have to write a five-paragraph essay on, well, anything. So just don’t do it.
So, what am I most excited to read? (Some of the books are pictured here – others will be read via Audible, Kindle and the library).
We Need New Names – I mean, it won the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction. Need I say more?
Attachments – Although I’m actually reading it now, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find one of my favorite YA authors not writing in the world of young adults.
To the Lighthouse – The Sassy Ladies Book Club is making an attempt at the classics. Here’s to my first Virginia Woolf!
The Percy Jackson series – Children’s Lit + Greek Mythology = Winning.
Night Music – Although I really like (author) Jojo Moyes, I’m a little leery of her Super Duper Sad Writing – will it reign here as well?
The Writing Life – Dillard is one of my favorites, so I’m excited to read what she has to say about writing.
i told my soul to sing – The intersection of Emily Dickinson and God? Bring it.
How to Talk so Kids will Listen & Listen so Kids will Talk – My Wednesday mama’s group is reading this, so will I successfully learn to talk to kids by the end of the summer? We shall see.
Leaving Church – Club BBT (Barbara Brown Taylor) is all I have to say, baby.
Understanding Your Grief – Okay, so this one is slightly for study, although I’ve heard great things about it. I’ll keep you posted.
Delancey – I LOVED Molly Wizenberg’s first book, and am delighted to dance through the pages of this foodie memoir.
Prayers of a Young Poet – I have nothing snarky to say – I just really, really want to read this little book.
The Honest Toddler – I am ready to laugh. I am ready to be reminded that I’m not alone. Because when your day starts out like this…
…this may just be the perfect book for you.
So, whatddya say? Will you join me in reading any of the aforementioned books? Or would you Grease Lightning rather smear yogurt all over your hair? Happy summer reading!0