Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer Reading and Eating

Post by Jenny

When I saw that summer was due to arrive on a Monday, I considered writing a post about the passage of time and the rhythms of the seasons—something deep and solstice-y. But school is out, the pools are open, and what I really have on my mind these days is summer reading…and summer eating.

The past winter in Northern Colorado wasn’t the worst on record, but it did linger longer than necessary. Finally, we have traded our snowboots for flip-flops and our minestrones for gazpachos. And for many of us, lighter, spicier, fresher, and juicier describe not only our summer eats, but our summer reads, as well. (Confession time: I started my summer reading with D-list Diva Kathy Griffin’s book, Official Book Club Selection. It had all of the aforementioned qualities, and then some.)

As a kid, I had my nose in a book all summer long. I have less time for that now, but I still try make a dent in my to-be-read stack, even if I have to do it a little at a time—at the dentist’s office, waiting for my sons’ baseball games to start, during the washer’s spin cycle. I’d love to know what you’re reading this summer, and where you’re reading it. A cozy mystery in a cabin, YA on the beach, a romance in Paris…? For extra fun, give a mention to your favorite summer food or beverage.

Speaking of food, summer is the perfect time to eat locally. Farmers markets are already overflowing with delicious seasonal offerings. Visit the markets often, talk to the people who oversee food production from start to finish, and I guarantee you’ll come away with a new appreciation of their hard work and dedication. While you’re at it, do the same with local authors. Seek out their books, attend their booksignings, talk to them. Rumor has it that published authors are actually real people who enjoy meeting their readers. Finally, take time to shop the small bookstores in your area—many sell both new and used books—and make some new discoveries.

And don’t forget about every booklover’s best friend, the library. The Poudre River Public Library District in my town offers summer reading programs for kids, teens, and adults. It’s a wonderful way to encourage the whole family to read—and maybe even win some prizes.

Happy Summer! Have a great season of reading and eating.


Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

I'm reading "The Traffickers" by W.E.B. Griffin. Also reading, "365 Prescriptions for the Soul" by Dr. Bernie s. Siegel.

I love to fluff up a bunch of pillows on my bed that looks out over a view of the yard, turn on some nature music on my Bose, take an icy glass of water or juice and cuddle up with my books for the afternoon.

Kay said...

I'm hoping to put a MG draft down for fermenting by next week.

So, I'm trying to concentrate on middle grade books. Currently: Derek Landy's "Scepter of the Ancients" featuring Skulduggery Pleasant.

It's an interesting exercise in having dialog carry the book.

Kerrie said...

Reading A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson and sipping on Mojitos made with fresh mint from my garden. :-)

Patricia Stoltey said...

I like to educate myself once a while, so I'm reading a nonfiction book about the origin of the new tea party movement. What's really on my mind, though, is which great novel to read next. My TBR stack is HUGE.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

It’s funny that your Farmer Markets are just starting and here (SW Florida) they have ended! My favorite summer food is prosciutto and melon. My stack of to-read books include best sellers and those from local authors and those I’ve meant on line. I need months of 24 hour days to come close to catching up.

Jenny S. said...

Too many books, not enough time, even on these long summer days.

Thanks for your comments! It's fun to know what you're reading and eating...or drinking :-)


Marsha M. said...

I am reading "The Passage" by Justin Cronin; "Road Warrior" type of book, after the Earth has been completely changed by a virus. I don't want to tell you more, or it will ruin it. I am eating an apple and peanut butter, just happy to have fresh fruit and something from a store available to me.

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