Monthly Archives: June 2013

Summer reading

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The last day of term is Friday, June 21. That day is also the longest day of the year, the summer solstice.  Summer brings with it a lightness and excitement, perhaps we all experience some of the residual joy leftover from our grade school days, when summer break couldn’t come fast enough. Though our routine of class work continues over the summer, term break brings with it a golden opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with reading for fun.

Our new “beach reads” display at the entrance of the library offers some suggestions for enjoyable summer reading, including mystery, crime, summertime and travel themed fiction as well as biography and non-fiction titles.

What books are you reading for fun?

I’m reading Wild : from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. It’s the story of a young woman whose life is falling apart. After her mother passes away and her marriage crumbles she sets out to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from California to Washington State, alone. Her adventures are inspiring and perfect for summer, between the lines I wonder if I shouldn’t venture out on the Appalachian Trail. Even if you don’t enjoy hiking, most readers will be able to relate to Strayed’s personal struggles and her quest to find herself. I haven’t finished yet, I’m still waiting for her to make the transformation from lost to found, but I’m really enjoying following along on her journey.

As summertime thaws our minds from the frosty winter chill, loosen up those brain cells with some books that will bring inspiration, relaxation and get you in the right frame of mind for the summer.