Summer Time… And the Reading is Easy

When I was a kid, I loved summer vacation – those long, uninterrupted days, just perfect for reading book after book after book.  Sometimes, I worked through the recommended books on my school’s so-called grade-appropriate list.  Sometimes, I indulged in re-reading favorites, well below my grade.  Sometimes, I stretched to “grown-up” books, using the extra reading time to look up words I didn’t know, or to talk about abstract concepts with my friends or family.

Of course, now that I’m a responsible adult, I don’t get to indulge in those summer vacation reads in quite the same way.  I don’t get a three-month vacation from my job, from writing and editing and promoting my books.

But I *do* give myself a little more leeway when I choose what I read.  I read more of what I *want* to read, less of what I *should*.  I stray from the genres I write, from keeping up with award lists, from in-genre books that are getting all the buzz.

(Case in point – I have been *wallowing* in Tana French’s contemporary Irish mysteries – IN THE WOODS, THE LIKENESS, and FAITHFUL PLACE – they don’t relate to any of my writing projects, and/but I have been loving every single word.)

So?  What about you?  What do you plan on reading this summer?  Are your summer reads different from those you complete during the rest of the year?

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  1. 1. Maryanne Fantalis

    My summer read this year is “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness. I started it, then had to take it back to the library because there was a hold on it: devastating! Now I’m getting my own copy. Light-hearted, intelligent, well-written fun with witches, vampires and other paranormals — but it’s for grown-ups!

  2. 2. Elias McClellan

    Ms. Klasky, I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never read Lois McMaster Bujold and I plan to address this with “Young Miles.”

    Your advice to read outside your home genre, is fantastic. I would love to write SF&F, (I haunt this site for a reason, you know) but I suck out loud at it.

    My meager ability is crime, (I’m shopping my first MS around now). But reading good SF&F expands perception and scope, demonstrates making (most), big concepts accessible, and more importantly, illustrates the beauty and rare skill necessary to suspend disbelief. All handy wrenchs to have in the old tool box.

    Thanks for the tip on Ms. French’s books as well.

  3. 3. carmen webster buxton

    I am working on the short fiction in the Hugo Voting packet this summer, so when I vote with my supporting membership I will have actually read the stuff I’m voting on. What a concept! -)

    Of course, if you were to put FRIGHT COURT out as an ebook, I could read that, too!

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Mindy Klasky

Mindy Klasky is the author of eleven novels, including WHEN GOOD WISHES GO BAD and HOW NOT TO MAKE A WISH in the As You Wish Series. She also wrote GIRL'S GUIDE TO WITCHCRAFT, SORCERY AND THE SINGLE GIRL, and MAGIC AND THE MODERN GIRL, about a librarian who finds out she's a witch. Mindy also wrote the award-winning, best-selling Glasswrights series and the stand-alone fantasy novel, SEASON OF SACRIFICE. Visit site.

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