Monday 2 July 2012

Summer Reading - Life's a Beach

Ahh's finally here.  Your vacation is coming up and yes, you might have time to read a book!

While some of us will actually head to the beach or cottage as our retreat, others may visit relatives, travel, or enjoy a staycation in their own backyard.  Picture digging your toes into the ocean sand, morning swims at the lake, getting to be a kid again by visiting your parents, or the ultimate hammock nap at home.

Whatever you choose to do try to fit in some reading.  In this age of pressure and stress the simple act of reading is sure to bring down the blood pressure.  While summer might not be the best time to tackle War and Peace there are plenty of good reads out there waiting for you.

Paperbacks abound, a lightweight choice that can be taken anywhere.  Alternatively, load up your e-reader or mp3 player as an even more portable option.  For the vacationer that has to have a project in the works the library can offer "how to" books on everything from a water feature for your yard or building a new deck, to updating the kitchen or bathroom.

So what makes a good summer read?  The classic definition seems to be something light, preferably funny and won't keep you up at night pondering the state of the world.   Some others feel like this is a chance to get into something a little more substantial because you have the time to become immersed in a book . Whatever your preference come and visit your library branch or website.  I am sure we can find something that will fit in with your vacation plans.

I think my pick for this summer is going to be Just After Sunset by Stephen King.  This has been on my 'to read' list for awhile now so it's time it moved over to the 'read' side.

Need some suggestions?  Check out this link.

--Patricia Milner, Head of Reference Services

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