Friday, June 27, 2008

Friday Five: Summer Reading

Songbird says: Back in the day, before I went to seminary, I worked in the Children's Room at the Public Library, and every year we geared up for Summer Reading. Children would come in and record the books read over the summer, and the season included numerous special and celebratory events. As a lifelong book lover and enthusiastic summer reader, I find I still accumulate a pile of books for the summer.This week, then, a Summer Reading Friday Five.

1) Do you think of summer as a particularly good season for reading? Why or why not? Definitely. Especially this summer as I am being more intentional about slowing down and taking time for myself. I have a great front porch, screened in, complete with a swing that could not be better for a read on a hot summer afternoon or a lovely evening. Why am I not there all the time!
2) Have you ever fallen asleep reading on the beach? Not on the beach, but once I fell asleep reading on the roof of my dorm in college. I was lying on my stomach and it was the week of finals. I slept for three hours. Ouch. Took those finals veeerrryy carefully seated on a pillow.

3) Can you recall a favorite childhood book read in the summertime? A book? Little Women, and all the sequels was one summer, Mark Twain had me another year. All the Cherry Ames, Student Nurse books, and the Nancy Drews were great summer reads. Well, let's just say....our library had a summer reading challenge...I was usually done the first week and would say to the librarian, "ok, now what?"

4) Do you have a favorite genre for light or relaxing reading? Cozies for sure. And sub-genre, cozies with female protagonists who have day jobs and solve crimes on the side, sub of that, cozies with female episcopal priest sleuths (like those of Julia Spencer Fleming who just released a new title)

5) What is the next book on your reading list? Hocus Pocus whose author escapes me at the moment....argh....the joys of aging! But it sits on the table awaiting Sunday afternoon and the porch swing!


Songbird said...

From Alcott to Nancy Drew, I knew them well!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Oh my goodness, I didn't know there were mysteries with female Episcopal priest sleuths. I must investigate!

Diane said...

I have some "senior moments" too....:)

and Cherry Ames is a blast from the past!

Processing Counselor said...

I forgot about Cherry Ames!

Crimson Rambler said...

and there are Church of England female deacon sleuths too -- Theodora Braithwaite in the novels by D. M. Greenwood.

hip2B said...

Cherry Ames! Ha! and Trixie Belden of course.

Jan said...

Finally, someone mentions Cherry Ames! I had all the different ones. How about Trixie Belden? I am suddenly remembering so much more than I did when I was writing my Friday Five!