Today is the first official day of summer for my kids and I am here for it.
I survived the concerts, picnics, and finals and I'm ready for my reward now.
Some might say I sound sarcastic, but I am so excited to have the kids home. Don't get me wrong, my quiet time won't be so quiet anymore and there will be plenty of activities to drive them to (swim team, I'm looking at you), but I couldn't force another person to do more homework or wake up before 6:30 if my life depended on it.
One of the many things I love about summer is that my reading time increases. There are times I get interrupted, but mostly they leave me alone when they see I am reading. I have trained them to know books are good for mom and happy mom = happy kids. Plus, summer is the time we do our mother-daughter book club which means they are often reading the same book and looking forward to a girls' night out to celebrate all of us finishing.
The free places we go often include reading time for mom too: the library, the pool, the park. I feel almost giddy just thinking about this.
Part of who I am as a reader is that I don't want reading to detract from living my life. So, please don't misunderstand. The number of books I finish this summer doesn't really matter. I will read at the pool (but I will also go into the pool). I will read at the library (but I will also peruse the shelves with my kids). I will read at the park (after a nice walk or pushing kids on the swings). Reading is a luxury and I just get a bit more time to spend on this particular luxury during this season.
So, what am I reading this season? Here's a short list of some books I'm excited to dig into, but please note this list is subject to change at any given moment depending on my mood.
1. The Gown. I've seen this everywhere and am halfway through. The story is about the embroiderers of Princess Elizabeth's wedding dress with flashforwards to a storyline set in the present. This usually isn't my thing, but I am loving every minute of it.
2. Inkling. The story of an "intelligent inkblot" that is my 10 year old's choice for mother-daughter book club. It's fun and thought-provoking (what would I do with Inkling) and has a ton of hat-tips to other kidlit classics.
3. Little Fires Everywhere. This has been on my TBR for-EVER and this summer I'm going to check it off the list. I'm working on writing a novel that is a modern family literary drama and I think reading this would give me some inspiration as it falls squarely in that genre.
4. Garlic and Sapphires. Again, on my list forever. I wanted some non-fiction and this story about a food critic's real-life adventures in NYC sounds like it would also bring in a little humor. I have a feeling I'll also be hungry after reading it and maybe force my family to visit the city in August or September.
5. A Great Reckoning. I'm trying to get caught up on the Louise Penny novels and this is the next book in the series. I can't wait to return to Three Pines.
I have about a hundred other books but let's just start with these five and see what happens.
What are you reading this summer? Also, what do you think my book club should read after Inkling...remember our members are 10, 13, 15, and 37. Give me all your recommendations.