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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