by Danielle Jackson
For some strange reason, I always amp up my reading efforts in the summer. Perhaps I was in too many advanced English classes growing up and having summer reading assignments, but there’s pretty much nothing more I’d rather be doing on a sunny day then sitting out on my parents’ deck, reading a big book and getting lost in the world inside it!
In fact, even in my post-college years, I give myself Summer Reading “projects”—yes, I’m a dork. My first summer project this summer is to re-read all 7 Harry Potter Books; and wouldn’t you know it, overachiever that I am, I’m already on Book 6!
Up next, I’m having trouble deciding… I’ve thought about reading through Tolkien—and I’m talking, starting with The Silmarillion, The Hobbit and then tackling all three volumes The Lord of the Rings! But that might take me well into the Fall! So, my next idea is to re-read Austen—all 6 of the novels, and reading her shorter and unfinished pieces, and perhaps even her letters to Cassandra.
It seems I have a certain knack to re-read books that I enjoyed when I was younger, too… In the past I’ve re-immersed myself in The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper and The Time Sequence (A Wrinkle in Time et al) by Madeline L’Engle. I did try to read the Narnia Books, but for some reason, I couldn’t get through them… Perhaps my sense of wonder was just too far-gone! I might try again at some point, though.
I think what I love most about being able to go back and really immerse myself in a whole new world—and not even one so fantastical as LOTR or HP. Take Austen, for example, between her incredible wit and social observation, and even with her rather sparse physical descriptions of things, it’s easy to get lost inside that time period, and feel like you’re sitting in a tea room with the Jennings of Sense and Sensibility or enjoying the ball in Pride and Prejudice!
I’ve also taken to reading entire romance series once they are out, The Born In Series by Nora Roberts, The Bridgertons by Julia Quinn! It’s to be a “part” of something with familiar characters, perhaps a recurring theme or setting, and of course, breathtaking, heart-stopping romance!
And let’s not forget I’m in a monthly book club, I made the grave mistake of choosing one-click buying on Amazon and there’s an entire catalog of fabulous authors with books I like to read from the publisher I work for :-)
Are there any series/books that you find yourself returning to? I’m sure you’re not as ridiculous as I am, with goals in mind as summer gears up and what I want to have read by the end of it, but what is it about summer that just begs for tons of reading?