Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday Salon: Summer Reading

I used to love summer as a kid, growing up in the Canadian Prairies. Ok, maybe not the mosquitoes, but the hot, dry days were always welcome after the freezing winters. Not to mention, when you're a kid, summer also means summer holidays! No school! I still loved summer after we moved to the West Coast in my mid-teens. It was sometimes cool, or occasionally rainy, but comfortable and with lots of flowers and green everywhere.

However, ever since I've lived in Japan, I've come to really hate summer, more so every year. Once spring arrives, I already start dreading the inevitable, and relentless, heat and humidity of the Japanese summer. If I could, I'd hibernate in an air-conditioned room until October, but this is simply not very realistic. So since it's too hot to do much else, I'm hoping to spend more time reading this summer. What better way to try and escape the heat, right? And these last couple of weeks I've been trying to do just that. Now if only the chores would magically do themselves!

In the photo above is the stack of books I'd like to read over the next two months. Many are review books. Some with review commitments next month. Some that are sadly overdue, due to earthquakes, and other real life interruptions. A couple of the Japanese ones are for the Japanese Literature Book Group. Some are just ones I've been meaning to, or want to, read. Plus not shown, several ebooks from Netgalley that I would like to fit in as well. I've actually just finished Room, having read most of it this weekend, and I'm optimistic that I'll keep the momentum going, as I would really love to have all of these read, and reviewed (!) by the end of September. I'm going to come back to this post at the end of summer to see how I did.
Wish me luck!

Does your reading change in the summer? Do you read more? Less? No difference?

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  1. Good luck with your reading! I actually slow down with reading near the end of the year mostly, but it comes and goes depending on life, I suppose.

  2. That's a lovely stack of books, Nat! I'm anxious to hear how you liked Room. I thought it was fabulous.

    Sorry it's so miserably hot there. We're back down in the 90s from triple digits. However, I prefer summer over winter any day! Too bad we both can't move to Port Sidney (or anywhere else in the San Juan Islands!).

    Hope the recent earthquake didn't cause any problems for you. I read it was a 6.2.

  3. Room is one of my favorite books of all time! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  4. Well, I'm in college, so I usually get a lot of reading done over summer vacation. That is, until Summer courses start.

    By the way, I thought Kokoro was a great read, so I'm looking forward to your thoughts on it!

  5. I often mind myself reading more in the summer because I detest the hot weather. It's the time of year I least want to be outside, so it's perfect to spend most nights and weekends curled up on the couch reading. With the excitement of tomorrow's Booker longlist announcement, I think this trend will continue...

  6. That is a nice list you have there - i have read and reviewed Room (absolutely LOVED it!). I am hoping to get a copy of Lake soon so i can crack on!
    Good Luck :D

  7. I feel the same way about summer. It's really my least favorite season closely followed by spring. Usually during summer I read a ton but I'm finding that I haven't read much yet this summer. :-( Happy reading.

  8. I wish you good luck with your reading list. Kokoro and Thousand Cranes are wonderful books. I loved them very much.

    I tend to read more in summer as I prefer to stay at home during the weekend because of the heat and humidity. So, it is the best season for me to set reading goals and work on them.

  9. Those are great looking books!

    I always think I'm going to read more in the summertime, but with the kids at home it just doesn't happen. Even when the summer reading program is going, and I think I'll be able to read more, it doesn't work because my youngest needs someone to read to him. In another year or two they'll both be reading on their own and we can spend summer days with our feet kicked up reading our own books. :)

  10. My summer reading tends to be lighter because I get easily distracted outside in the sunshine and I like to complain about even the mild heat here in Seattle. So, if I'm reading a gripping book, I'm less likely to notice that my chair is no longer in the shade or that there is a fly on my knee.

    BTW - I really liked Sylvester! I need to write up my review.


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