When I was in school, we had a summer reading list. I don’t remember exactly what grade I was in when it started, but I do remember receiving a list of 5 to 6 books at the end of the school year that we were supposed to read over the summer. When we returned to school in the fall, we were tested on those books.
At that time, I didn’t appreciate those lists. It was an interruption to my summer, I thought. And if I read the books too early in the summer, I would forget the details which we would be tested on. So the summer reading list became an exercise in cramming all the books into two weeks of constant reading right before heading back to school. It did take some of the joy out of reading for me.
But what I wouldn’t give for uninterrupted time to sit down and read now. That would be heaven! If you are like me, you probably have a stack of books that you would just love to spend time with. But I’d like to make three suggestions for additions to your summer reading list.
On Writing by Stephen King
Improv Wisdom by Patricia Ryan Madson
Ignore Everybody and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod
All three are terrific books that I couldn’t put down until I finished them. I rarely re-read books, but I’m thinking about putting these back on my stack of must-reads this summer. Hope you enjoy them, too!
© Lynn Wyvill 2011