So, um, what exactly is a “summer read”?
People always talk about “summer reads” and I just realized that I have no idea what this means. Do some people only read books in the summer? Do people theoretically have more time in the summer and are therefore able to read more? Does “summer reads” describe a type of book, maybe something light and uncomplicated because no one can be bothered to think in the summer?
This summer I’m reading the same kinds of books I usually pick up, sprinkled in with some random things recommended by a friend or that I saw at the local bookstore or heard about on NPR. Here’s my list of what I plan to read in the next few weeks. What are you reading? And if you have any insight on this “summer reads” thing, please let me know!
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – Next book club book
- One Day by David Nicholls – Highly recommended by book club friends
- What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell – I loved Blink and The Tipping Point. I’ve read of few of these essays already.
- All Souls: A Family Story from Southie by Michael Macdonald – A friend recommended this and although it sounds really very sad and dark, I plan to tackle it.
- Pym by Mat Johnson – Heard about this on NPR and it sounds really different.