Summer Distractions

After a bit of a dry patch where my blog was concerned, I was just starting to get my mojo back… and then the flippin’ Olympics happened.  For someone who just about manages to drag herself to the gym once a month and would rather have her nose in a book than participate in any activity that involves running/hitting a ball/getting moderately out of breath, I enjoy watching sport on TV an inordinate amount.  But after an embarrassing July in which I managed a measly single blog post, I’m determined that August will be a better month – so with that in mind, I’m typing away at my laptop while keeping half an eye on Tom Daley in the diving…

If you’ve visited Girl, Reading over the last couple of days you’ll know that I’ve just finished reading Jessie Burton’s “The Muse”, which will be a pretty hard act to follow.  So I’ve gone for something completely different and am currently half way through “The Vegetarian”, a bizarre and unsettling novel translated from the Korean that’s worlds away from anything I’ve read recently.  I am also part way through Orhan Pamuk’s “Silent House” – but it’s one of those books that while being top quality writing isn’t calling me back to it when I’ve put it down, so that one may be shelved for a later date when I’m in the right mood for it.  A friend of mine has lent me “The Past”, which I’m excited to try as it looks like it might be reminiscent of Marilynne Robinson, an author whose novels I do appreciate despite the fact that they tend to be pretty downbeat and not the most uplifting of stories.  And after all that I feel like I also need a nice, easy comfort read to counteract the drama and trauma – the book to provide that laid back reading experience, however, is yet to be decided!

I’m off to the New Forest this week for a few days of walking, wildlife spotting (hopefully) and relaxation – see you all again on my return.  I wish you a happy week of reading 🙂

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Why Bookworms love Summer!

Let’s face it, there’s no such thing as a bad time to be a bookworm, but as I lay out in the garden yesterday with a book – in shorts, SHORTS! for the first time this year – I mused that yes, there’s lots for the book fanatic to love about this season…

  • Reading outside – probably the most obvious one, but reading in the warm sunshine is a blissful feeling like no other. Plus you can top up your tan at the same time (or more likely, get so absorbed in your book that before you know it the hoped-for golden glow vanishes in favour of more lobster-like hues.  This happens to me every year.)
  • It’s new paperback season – this is the time of year when all those tempting new hardbacks that came out in the previous autumn are finally released in paperback. If like me you’re not a huge hardback buyer, then summer paperback season is the perfect time to go on a book shopping spree.  As if we needed an excuse…
  • Light evenings – as soon as the clocks go back in October it’s as if someone has flicked a switch that drains all my energy away. It’s with immense eagerness, therefore, that I look forward to British Summer Time; now I will finally be able to stay awake in the evening long enough to finish that chapter!
  • Time off work – I’m lucky enough to have a job where activity peaks in the run up to Christmas, so in the summer I usually manage to get fairly frequent weeks off work, hooray! Sometimes I don’t let on anyone but a select few that I have time off coming up, as I’d often rather have a week to myself to read than a full social calendar…
  • Holidays – reading in the English sunshine is one thing; reading on a poolside sun-lounger in a glorious island paradise is quite another. Sadly for me this is a very occasional treat rather than an annual occurrence, but as long as I have a book in my hand I’m usually pretty happy no matter where I am!

It’s fair to say that the blazing sunshine of the last few days has put me in an incredibly buoyant mood and sent me off into one of those obsessive reading frenzies that happen every now and then.  Hopefully this will result in some more reviews up on the blog soon, but until then, I hope summer has arrived wherever you are!

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