Every summer my family gets together for a week at the beach. We deliberately choose a beach with nothing much going on because we like to spend our time working jigsaw puzzles, taking walks, flying kites and catching up with each other. We also spend most of the time reading. Since I’m the librarian of the family, I’m usually the one in charge of bringing our reading material.
All year I have fun looking at new titles and authors I think we might like to read. I’ll snag the newest Stephanie Plum book by Janet Evanovich, some cozy mysteries, the latest hot young adult book (last year it was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins). I love to browse the libraries’ shelves looking for new books written by our favorite authors. I also try to match the various members of my family to new books and authors that they might not know about yet. I can’t help it; it’s the Librarian in me! I love introducing people to new authors and stories to fall in love with. I usually end up with one or two huge boxes of books to take with us. Last year my fiancé declared that everyone had to buy their own eReader so he wouldn’t have to haul those heavy boxes around. Now that would be quite a sight, since my mom refuses to touch a computer!
Once we get there and get settled, my days are spent reading. After breakfast, I get all covered up with suntan lotion, get my chair and baseball cap and head down to the ocean with my book in hand. There I’ll sit all day, with my feet in the water and a book in my hands, reading away. I’ll take a break to move my chair back as the tide comes in or follow the water as it goes out. Around lunch time, I’ll mosey on up and fix myself a sandwich and get another book, then head right back down to the sand and the ocean. I’m perfectly content to sit there all day with my book and the sound and feel of the water. Now that’s my favorite way to spend a vacation!
This year, things happened that caused us to miss out on our beach trip. I was really disappointed, because I missed connecting people with books. I also missed doing nothing but reading for 6 whole days. My list of books read this year is going to be mighty short compared to other years! Well, I guess I’ll just have to take the time each evening to sit in my rocking chair on my front porch, imagine I hear the ocean and read to my heart’s content. Hmmm, let’s see what’s in my beach reading box this year….. There’s the latest Harlan Coben book, the next in the John Connelly series, the fantasy series by Juliet Marillier, the next book in the Green Rider series by Kristen Britain, a little Nora Roberts for some light reading, some books to help me in my job, and some Anne Lamott titles I haven’t read yet, that are good for my spirit. Maybe I won’t have such a short list after all.
Pull up a chair and join me. Happy reading to you!
July 13, 2011