Monday, May 25, 2009

Weekly Geeks 2009.19: Summertime

This week for Weekly Geeks, we have two topics to pick from. The topic I'm choosing is this one:

Again with Memorial Day Weekend here in the U.S. starting traditionally on Friday evening, it also is unofficially the start of summer. You've probably been asked this in other meme groups in which you participate, but do your reading habits change over the summer?

I would say that yes, my reading habits change a bit over the summer. I usually decide to step it up and read more. I like to try to take it easy, not worry so much about what has to be done, and make sure there's lots of lazy reading days mixed in with the busy run-around days.

Do you choose lighter fare? What do you enjoy to take to the beach, for example?

Yes, my lighter fare would include lots and lots of YA books. And if I ever went to the beach, it would be something easy and fun. With love stories involved.

What is the ultimate summer book?

That being said, I also think the ultimate summer book would include a big fat soap-opera-ish classics. Like The Forsythe Saga, or Gone With the Wind. Or Middlemarch. I think summer is the perfect time to read this kind of stuff. A couple on my TBR that fit this bill: Vanity Fair and Bleak House.

OR what are your favorite travel guides -- official or unofficial guides?

I'm not really into travel guides, so I don't really know how to answer this question.

Along those lines, where do you vacation? Any places you recommend or even don't recommend?

Every summer we take our trailer up to the mountains, same place every year, and "camp" for the weekend. It's the perfect peaceful getaway. I do lots of reading there, but often I just end up sitting and smelling the trees and breathing the air.

This year for our big vacation, we get to go on yet another cruise. It's in our blood now I guess. We can't avoid it! We came across a great deal, and we went for it. Now, you may think that cruises and reading go together perfectly. However, so far, in my experience, I still have to make time to read while cruising, because there is simply so much to do! And I tend to feel guilty sitting and reading when I could be .... I don't know.... participating in all the activities that are offered!

Anyway, I am very much looking forward to the summer and fitting in lots and lots of reading.


  1. Camping in the mountains is a great vacation. I'm from Colorado, and I miss being able to do that. Camping in Hawaii is...different. Not that I don't love it here, but you just can't get away the same way you can on the mainland, where there's lots of open space. i've never been on a cruise, but it sounds fun. Where are you cruising this year?

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  3. Have a great summer with lots of reading :-) If I am so lucky that I am actually going to travel, I will always bring some reading stuff for the plane or train (can't read in a car, makes me sick to my stomach) and I tend to choose something relatively light for that. Whether its summer, spring, fall or winter, that I am going to travel ;-)

  4. Oh, I was surprised how much I loved Bleak House! Hope you do too!

  5. That's funny: I've never thought of summer as a long book time, though it makes sense. I tend to go fluffy and chick-litty in the summer... maybe I'll get around to doing this Geek this week...

  6. Dreamybee: We'll be heading from LA up to San Fran, Seattle, and Victoria Island.

    Louise: I used to not be able to do the car reading thing, but it's getting better in my old age, and now I can manage it as long as we aren't stopping and turning a lot.

    Melissa 1: I hope I manage to get to Bleak House. It's one of those that's been waiting a turn now for a long, long time.

    Melissa 2: Usually I do fluff in the summer too, but I always seem to long for a big chunky epic thing too.



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