“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? / The world would split open.”
Poet Muriel Rukeyser

Friday, June 27, 2008

A Summer Reading Friday Five...

Over at Revgals Songbird has posted this:

1) Do you think of summer as a particularly good season for reading? Why or why not? Oh, yes! I switch gears in the summer and move from reading church related books to fiction and poetry. During the year I read a lot of books on leadership, group dynamics, visioning, etc. etc. etc....

But during the summer I have a list of authors I want to read and I scoop up their books and read to my hearts content. I'm not a fast reader and I don't have a lot of time to read, so maybe two books a week.

This year however I am only 4 months into a new call at a bigger busier church. My learning curve is a little steep and the my energy is running to the low side. Thus far I've only read two books. I do have vacation time coming up in August, that might help.

2) Have you ever fallen asleep reading on the beach? No, I don't go to the beach very often these days. For about 7 years I lived near a one of the BIG lakes and walk there, but I had little kids to watch over. Then for another 7 years I lived about an hour away from the Big Lake and never made it in to the beach. Now I live in the desert...no big lakes here. I do, however have a swimming pool. And I love to read outside by the pool, especially the NY Times on Sunday afternoon. Here it is simply too hot to fall asleep in the sun.

There are many occasions when I have fallen asleep while reading. Usually during sermon prep....

3) Can you recall a favorite childhood book read in the summertime?I read so much as a child, non-stop. Mostly biographies. I also read all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, and all of the Nancy Drew books....I'm sure I read those in the summer.

4) Do you have a favorite genre for light or relaxing reading? Fiction. I'm not fond of violence in any capacity, so none of that...which can eliminate mysteries (Except for Elizabeth George). I tend to get stuck on an author and read all of his or her stuff. One year I read a lot of Susan Howatch...last year I read a lot by two authors....but their names escape me...

5) What is the next book on your reading list? I am currently reading "Three Cups of Tea" (what a good story). Next, "Water for Elephants."