Funny how you never see the police pulling over people for reading books in their cars? (Yes, I have seen people reading with the book propped up on the steering wheel also eating cereal and playing a musical instrument and….. that is a whole different post.)
While growing up, my middle sister was a book-worm. She would stay in her room and read and read and read. Until my mother would shoo her outdoors. My mother would say, you need sunshine & fresh air. So my sister would, with the book open, not really taking her eyes off her page, walk slowly outdoors, throw a quilt on the grass and plop down and continue reading. My mother was happy and my sister was happy. Ah summer.
A book so good, you delay getting out of the bubble bath.
A book so good, you delay standing up to start the potatoes for dinner.
A book so good, you peddle past your 4 mile goal on the stationary bike.
Wait for it kids…………………A book so good, you don’t even think about turning on the television and you actually turn off your phone. Yes, that good.
Let’s hear it for summer reading!!!!
What the heck is going on?
The other day, Mr. Right and I were waiting for the library to open. It was about two minutes until 1 pm on a summer Sunday. Much to my happiness, there were 27 people (young and old) waiting!!! I know this because I counted. Then I counted how many people had books. 3. Everyone else was there for the computers or the air conditioning or the video check out.
We were returning two overflowing bags(side note: new book bag is working wonderful!) of books. We exchanged them for more ……………books.
While I do oodles of research during the other 9 months of the year, there is something fun and wonderful and happy, and scary, and exciting and relaxing about summer reading. It is free and easy and anything goes. Such a pleasure.
I am currently reading a novel. While you all know I can’t keep my hands off a good murder mystery………..this is a regular, no dead bodies, no mystery, no cops and robbers, book.
Yes, that Ruth Reichl, editor in chief of Gourmet magazine for 10 years, best-selling author, mom, wife, cat owner (as if you really “own” a cat). She is smart and witty and has a knack for drawing the reader in and holding on.
She makes lovely and hilarious observations. She has this charming ability to capture people and celebrate them.
“effortlessly entertaining” as one critic wrote.
paragraph four, page 67, “The meal was the epitome of simplicity, but it made me feel as if, until that moment, I had never really tasted anything. Later we wound our way through the hills, singing arias from our favorite operas as we peregrinated from one tiny town to the next. Late in the afternoon we suddenly found ourselves embroiled in a traffic jam. I believe it was cased by a religious procession. We sat there for quite some time, and then Remy leapt from the car, crying, “let’s go!” as he began to climb the hill.”
I am only on page 127 and I gotta say, it is sitting here, taunting me to finish this blog post and fall back into the story.
The stress free fall into the pages of a good book are very liberating. You can become the characters or just simply drink espresso and watch from afar.
Have you been to the library this summer? Have you dropped your kids off at story time, while you thumbed through the “new book” rack? Have you sat on the beach, with a big floppy hat and read a steamy paperback?
Don’t fret, there is still a month of glorious summer reading time left!
May I gently suggest a trip to the library? Or stop reading this and download a book on your Kindle.
Another gentle suggestion? May you value yourself enough to bathe yourself in the Grace of time spent reading for fun. Just for you to breath and relax. No pressure. Just the act of reading to let off a little steam. Like that crazy hissing valve on a pressure cooker. Only, not as noisy.
I would love to hear what you are reading this summer. Please share.
Don’t you love going to the book store or library and seeing where they showcase “staff picks”? I am always so curious as to how a book is so beloved that a staff member is willing to put their name on it and shout to the world……..read this book, it will change your life!
I don’t know if “Delicious!” will change your life. I do know it will bring you hours of entertainment, relaxation, and time to breathe and escape.
Please share, I would love to hear and check out your summer “pick”.