As summer approaches and “summer reading” appears everywhere we readers tend to go – the library, bookstores, book supplements in our local papers, book blogs (like this one!) – I thought an update to my “How to Read All Day” list might be in order. To help me out, I solicited advice from readers on Facebook and got some great new additions. Feel free to share more on Readallday‘s Facebook page….
The days are longer, so there are more hours to read outdoors. Try the beach, the garden, your stoop, a bench in a park, a blanket on the grass in the park. As long as you always carry a book with you, you will always have something to read and when the moment arrives, dig out that book and read.
My summer reading recommendations include:
Rachel Howell Hall’s latest and always fabulous Louise Norton thriller, Trail of Echoes – I love everything Hall writes;
Now and Again by Charlotte Rogan, author of The Lifeboat – this novel is a brilliant exploration of truth and our human impulse to do the right thing – but what is the right thing? Rogan has us thinking about and caring about – and we will never forget about – the characters in this wonderful book;
LaRose by Louise Erdrich, another beautiful book from national treasure Erdrich about loss, faith, redemption;
The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman by Mamen Sanchez, a joyful ride of a read while also being a masterful story about friendships, romance, commitment, and the importance of staying true to oneself and yet open to change and adventure;
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson, a gorgeous, stirring novel that reads like a poem, telling the story of four girls in 1970s Brooklyn, and the tragedies and triumphs of adolescence, as seen through the lens of one of the girls, now a grown woman;
A Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North, a thought-provoking and unputdownable novel by an incredibly creative writer- on my own to-read list for the summer are two more of her books, Touch and The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August;
And of course I will be reading the latest from Elly Griffiths, The Woman in Blue; Sharon Bolton, Daisy in Chains, and Louise Penny, A Great Reckoning.
HOW TO READ ALL DAY
Always have a book with you.
Read while waiting.
Read while eating.
Read while exercising.
Read before bed.
Read before getting out of bed.
Read instead of updating FB.
Read instead of watching TV.
Read instead of vacuuming.
Read while vacuuming.
Read instead of updating blog or website.
Read instead of weeding.
Read what you want.
Read a book a friend wants you to read.
Read a book a bookseller swoons over.
Read a book loved by your local librarian.
Read with a book group.
Read with your kid.
Read with your cat.
Read to your dog.
Read on a schedule. Set the timer for twenty minutes and let everything else go.