Sunday, May 15, 2022

Summertime and Reading is Easy and Awesome


If you're making vacation plans for this summer, or prefer to relax close to home, this post shows you why summer reading is an awesome way to self-care and refresh yourself. 

Books can carry you on amazing journeys, increase self-awareness, and provide insights about the human condition.

Books may shift thinking, and help you exercise your mind. Studies show when you make reading a habit, it helps improve memory and gives your brain a work out.

Why not feast your eyes on the pages of a book set in a place you’d love to see? 

Perhaps your forte is reading cozy mysteries or thrillers for entertainment. 

Romance and fantasy novels may be your cup of tea, and you get totally immersed in bigger than life situations or alternate realities. * 

Each of us relishes reading certain genres or favorite author's' works. Summer is an awesome time to peruse those books we consider "guilty pleasures."

Some books may help us recall and reminisce about a person we've read about, whether they be non-fiction or fiction.

This may be the season we're able to improve our outlook by listening to an audio-book about topics we want to understand better.

To stimulate imagination look at the quotations that follow. Which one puts you in the mood to read more this summer? 📚

Quotations about Books and Reading 

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." ~ Dr. Seuss


“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...” ~Susan Polis Schutz


“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don't they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.” ~Ray BradburyDandelion Wine


“Come with me,' Mom says. To the library. Books and summertime go together.” ~Lisa Schroeder, I Heart You, You Haunt Me

"I was the kid who read a lot and who was academic, and who was more of an indoor person than an outdoor person. I would win the summer reading contest at the library." ~ Julianne Moore

“They are embossed on every song that was a hit that summer, in every novel I read during and after his stay, on anything from the smell of rosemary on hot days to the frantic rattle of the cicadas in the afternoon—smells and sounds I’d grown up with and known every year of my life until then but that had suddenly turned on me and acquired an inflection forever colored by the events of that summer.” ~André Aciman, Call Me by Your Name

“Books are a uniquely portable magic." ~ Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the  Craft

Reading tastes vary, yet most summer reading is light-hearted and amusing.

Look below for links to help you choose books for summertime enjoyment:

 New York Times Bestseller List

See the Indie Reader for book reviews, articles about independent publishing, and book news roundup.

If you enjoy motivational and goal setting topics, see this Essential Health and Wellness List for inspiration.

Want a celebrity recommendation? Look at The Complete List of All 95 Books Chosen for Oprah’s Book Club

Like Psychological Thrillers? See these eBooks at BookBub

Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more from your local library for free! Libby is the library reading app by OverDrive, loved by millions of readers worldwide.

Check out "A Fun Summer Reading Challenge for Adults," from Book Blogger Julianne a/k/a Jules Buono

See 50 Summer Books from Goodreads' Shelves

What books would you like to read this summer? Do memoirs, historical fiction, essays, poems, or short stories fascinate you?

Can you devote an afternoon or evening each week to curl up with a book, eBook reader, tablet, laptop, or audiobook? 

Please comment below in the space provided. 

How do you decide which books you'll read this summer? 

Do you have a favorite author or use a recommendation from a friend, newsletter, website, book blog, or other source of book information including the library?

I'd love to know.

I appreciate feedback, questions, and social shares about this and my other posts. Please reach out to me.

I also wonder if you're curious about the books I want to read this summer. 

I may do another post with my reading list, if there is enough interest.

When you leave a comment, please don't put links in it or I won't be able to publish it. Thanks for understanding. 📚

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  1. Looks like you have done your research, very well, Nan. A beautiful job, in presenting so much information. Something for all readers and lovers of books. Thank you for your new and exciting new Blog. Good luck and congratulations.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind comment. Wishing you a great summer.

  2. I've read & enjoyed, The Secrets We Kept, Lara Prescott, copyright 2019; Sing You Home, Jodi Picoult, copyright 2011; The Resurrection of Joan Ashby, copyright 2017

    1. Wow. These books are ones I haven't read yet. Thanks for sharing them. Have a delightful summer.

  3. Right now I am reading In the Wake of the Goddesses, next up The Human Swarm.

  4. Thanks for sharing what you're reading now. Seems to be non-fiction is your cup of tea. Am I right?

  5. I'm reading a Kristin Hannah book called The Nightingale. Thanks for this well researched post. Very interesting.

    1. Thanks Judee for your kind words. I enjoy reading books by Kristin Hannah too!

  6. Oh yessss, I need a summer book! I don't read enough! Maybe this is my push to get a book for reading by the pool this summer!! Thanks for sharing!

    1. What a great idea (reading by the pool). Thanks for your visit and comment Patricia.

  7. I just checked out indie reader and will definitely be using it in the future to help me discover new books! Thank you! I am always reading- most of the time I just walk through my local bookstore and see what calls out to me. I'm currently reading through the Bhagavad Gita and Ecology, Ethics and Interdependence with the Dalai Lama. :)

    1. Way to go Meghan. Happy Reading and thanks for the visit and comment.

  8. Great post - I love sitting outside reading a book. Thanks for sharing at My Big Fat Menopausal Life's Share the Wealth party - hope you are having a fabulous week.

    1. Thanks Helen for the visit and comment. What book or books are you currently reading?

  9. I'm reading President Carter's book on the gifts of aging - he's very inspiring!

    1. Thanks Carol for participating. I enjoy reading autobiographies too. Thanks for the heads up. Have a beautiful day.

  10. I read at least one book a week. I get my reading list from my library's publication and a fb group. It's a great way to discover new genres!

    1. Thanks for the visit and comment Ann. Sure glad you avail yourself of your local library's publication and FB group to find new books to read. I do that too and have fond some amazing books through those sources. Have a beautiful day and please visit again.