Friday Five: Summer Reading

Songbird brings us this wonderful bookish Friday Five:
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?
This is the first year in... well, I can't remember when... that my summer has actually been a relatively slow season. I think this summer will be delightful for reading.

2) Have you ever fallen asleep reading on the beach?
Not at the beach, no. But in my house, saying I'm going to go upstairs to read in the afternoon is code for napping.

3) Can you recall a favorite childhood book read in the summertime?
I loved Elizabeth Enright's stories about the Melendy family-- especially "Spiderweb for Two."

4) Do you have a favorite genre for light or relaxing reading?
I realized on vacation that summer is my best time for good literature. I read a lot all year long, but when I'm busy it's either work/class related, or really light and fluffy. When I have a little more time (and more attention to spare) I love the Good Books.

But I'm wild about Jennifer Crusie's novels the rest of the year!

5) What is the next book on your reading list?
I'm in the middle of Dostoevsky's The Idiot, and also Rolheiser's The Shattered Lantern. The latter is INCREDIBLE, and is going to go high on my list of recommended reading. Seriously, go check it out.


  1. WOW I admire your focus on good literature...I think I'm just a flake when it comes to reading that stuff. Good play! P

  2. Shattered Lantern sounds great, I will do so.
    I love the background of your page, which I may have said before, but it looks particularly inviting today!

  3. oh oh!!!! I read A Spiderweb for Two as well! I LOVED it (thinking it might be a good re-read this summer...)

    great play!

  4. I hope you get lots of reading done! ENJOY your summer!

  5. I like Rolheiser's writing. I can't remember if I've read "The Shattered Lantern" or not, but I'd better find out!

  6. I loved the Shattered Lantern, great choice... I knew this 5 would add to my wish list!

  7. hee hee... love the code.

  8. Wow, Dosteyevski for summer reading! I'm impressed.

  9. The Idiot is great - I used the firing squad scene in a sermon once. When I was a 4th grade teacher in my former life - I read to the kids every day - we went through many of the great kids books. I love reading out loud - to others and to me (guess that is why I love books on CD.)

  10. I love Jennifer Crusie!

    And I admire your determination to read the good stuff.

    *searches for similar determination*



    Nope, fresh out! :)

  11. Wow. I am feeling incredibly dull. Dostoevsky!?? very cool!



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