With summer upon us (it is 90 here already daily), I was reminiscing about my summers of reading as a child and teenager.
Some of that I have mentioned before: weekly trips to the Book Mobile, checking out the maximum number of books, opening my mother's Book of the Month selection before she could.... I was thinking back to when I was a teenager. I remember laying in the sun and purposely applying baby oil to get burned and reading a book while I fried, literally. I also remember walking to the local 7-11 and buying a bag of Cheetos and maybe the latest paperback in the store. Then back to my room where I would lay on my bed, eat the entire bag of Cheetos and read the book. (I am kind of wondering now how I ate that much lying down and what about the orange fingers I must have had) . I remember walking around the house reading while I walked. Coming to the dinner table with a book and my father saying " get your nose out of that book."
Ahhh the summers of our youth. We never went to summer camps. I never was an athletic kid. My only sporty thing I did was ride my bike to the library or to or with friends. But if I had nothing to do, I "read my book". And was perfectly happy.
I do bring my book to read while walking on the treadmill at the health club. (shhhh sometimes I go to the health club only because I know I will be able to read under the premise of "working out".) I often wonder if I could read and ride my bike now. That seems to be the best exercise for me. I think the answer is No.
Here is what is on my reading list for June:
- I am finishing Queen Of Hearts by Rhys Bowen. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/queen-of-hearts-rhys-bowen/1117225029?ean=9780425260364
- The Spider Woman's Daughter by Anne Hillerman (19th in the Navajo Mysteries, our Mystery Book Club choice for July) http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/spider-womans-daughter-anne-hillerman/1114298660?ean=9780062270481
- Onyx Webb by Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz (new paranormal "soap opera", first book in a series of 10). http://onyxwebb.com/
What are you reading this first month of summer? What do you remember about your summers as a "kid"?