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Thoughts on Summer Reading

"Time is a river, and books are boats."
                            --- Dan Brown


Unlike past summers, this year I decided not to play Book Bingo.  It was hard at first.  So many of you in the blogosphere were planning your cards and choosing titles and reporting early BINGOs.  In this FOMO (fear of missing out) world, it's hard to swim against the tide!

But this was the right decision for me.  It's been delightful to just . . . read . . . this summer.  Whatever title strikes my fancy.  However many pages.  Whatever the color of the cover.  Or whether it matches my knitting.  No matter the year the author was born.  Or who the narrator is.  

I've been reading at a slower pace this summer -- really savoring each book, and taking the time to write summaries and notes and take down quotes.  I'm giving myself . . . space . . .  around each book -- a kind of pause between books.  Sure,  that means I've read fewer books this summer than in previous years.  But I'm sure I'll remember them with more clarity by the time next summer rolls around!

I've really enjoyed reading all the book reviews and BINGO calls this summer -- but I'm happy with my own decision, and I don't feel like I missed out on the fun at all.  (If you want to check out the books I have read this summer, you can visit my Goodreads page by clicking on the link at the bottom of the sidebar.)


Here's a little book-related tidbit for all you fans of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels.  HBO is putting out a television mini-series based on the books, beginning with My Brilliant Friend, and then continuing through the rest of the series Read all about it here and here.




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Love that quote from Dan Brown. Also love your take on reading this summer (and glancing at your ratings...looks like you've made very good choices). Although I printed out a Bingo card, I have not looked at it since that time. My plan is to just read what I want and at the end of August I'll see if any fit into any squares. Just for fun and because I'm curious. I can't even remember what my squares are - lol.


FOMO is real! Haha. I always print out a Bingo card but I've never been driven by it... maybe I've had one actual BINGO in 3-4 years?? I do sometimes enjoy the thought and conversation and ideas it generates, though, and the way it makes me think differently. Like Vera, I printed a card this year but can't even tell you what's on it!!


I think that is the BEST way to read.


Beautiful post, Kym. Why can't more of society be like this? Doing what is right for them, without guilt, and most importantly without censure from others.


Reading is wonderful isn't it?! and finding a perfect book, and then getting to share it with others is a total delight. A few of my perfect books this summer were recommendations from you - thank you!!


I've felt the same way with my summer reading! Like you, when I first saw people talking about their bingo cards, etc., I was tempted again. But then I remembered that last year, I didn't enjoy it as much as I had expected to. I'm glad you enjoyed your summer reading too!


As a librarian, it's the love of reading that matters to me. You love books and reading as much as anyone I know!


My almost full bingo card has been made possible by audio books and my local library. I have read deeply this summer but my head needed a break from that. Now that autumn is coming, I am making a list of books to read slowly. I love the different season in our reading lives. I have not read My Billiant Friend but will check it out.


NO! NO! I do not have HBO! The Neapolitan are some of my very favorite books! I loved my summer of reading, too. I only read what I wanted, but some how (most) of the books fit into Bingo squares. I read SO MANY fabulous books. It's been a very good book year.


Because of time and other constraints, I've been reading just what I wanted to this summer. Some of it has been good, some of it not so good, but it's all been much less frenetic and forced than choosing books based on squares to fill. I did print out a card in the beginning of the summer, and like Vera, I think I might see how many of the books I read fit into squares - just for fun!


This is the second year I’ve printed a card but I use it on a slightly different timeline. My card lasts the whole year! I read what I want and use the card to step outside my comfort zone and read some books that I might not gravitate to.




It's so funny that you wrote about this. I did do Book Bingo this summer, but didn't get bingo. I kinda of don't care! :-) I've realized that I want more flexibility with my reading.

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