With summer on the horizon, Amazon has unleashed their 2012 Summer Reading List. I really like their format and the way they’ve divided the books into categories like Beach Reading, Summer Blockbusters, and Hard-Boiled Detectives. If you’re not sure what you’d like to read, you could always browse the Editor’s Picks for something that may catch your eye (and those books are on sale right now!).
Winter reading and summer reading is so different. On one hand, winter reading lends images of snuggling under a blanket, maybe near a fire, with a cup of hot tea or steaming chocolate topped with whipped cream, and a gentle storm brewing outside. Alternatively, summer reading dreams up pictures of swinging on a hammock, basking in the shade of big beautiful trees, and a glowing glass of lemonade in hand. However, how often (really) do you sit in a big chair with a good book, blanket, and cup of perfectly made hot chocolate or read while swaying in a hammock? Most of my reading is done late at night when everyone in the house is sleeping or the quick moments between walking to my car from my office (I actually can get a lot in from the tenth floor down to the parking lot).
If I were to think up the most perfect of reading settings, it would have to be pairing a great mystery with the gentle rocking of a hammock. I have a hammock and those rare moments that I have the opportunity to enjoy it are like sweet paradise! So, perfect setting: great book (a given), hammock, fresh squeezed lemonade, quiet, and a gentle breeze...and if we’re dreaming up this perfect setting, I’ll take my hammock out of my backyard and put it on a deserted island with white sand and aqua-colored waves (why not?).
I know some people who love to sit with a good wine and read the latest Bestseller. In this month's Wine Enthusiast Magazine, they actually have a list of books paired with the perfect wine. Others love reading in any cozy nook with, well, their Nook (or Kindle/iPad).
What’s your perfect reading setting? Do you prefer winter reading over summer reading? What genre do you plan on reading this summer? Let me know if you plan on reading, or have read, any of the novels on Amazon’s list, and don’t forget to tell me what you thought of said book(s)!
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