Thursday, July 31, 2014
Summer Post: What Makes a Summer Read?
Have you heard bookish people say these phrases before
"Oh this'll good for summer."
"This is perfect for the beach."
"I was saving this book for my vacation."
And found yourself thinking...
"Hold the phone. What makes certain books more appropriate for summer as opposed to winter or fall?"
Well, I think I've figured out. A book that possess at least one of these qualities makes a book a summer read (in my most humble opinion, of course).
1. It's light.
Summer reads don't usually require the reader to wade through dense text or massive passages of description. They don't deal with extremely complicated plot-lines or any themes that are too heavy. They don't ask hard life questions or have book club questions in the back. Sometimes you feel like you've read the story before, but somehow, it's okay. Summer reads don't usually require much thought from the reader. They're fun and fairly easy to read.
2. It's an escape.
In the summer, everyone wants to go on vacation. For some of us, the only vacation we get is through our reading. A good summer book will suck the reader right into the book's world and characters. It will hook you within the first few chapters and keep you coming back for more. Often summer reads offer interesting settings, intriguing characters or high-stakes situations, all of which make you want to read more and help you escape from the real world.
3. It's makes you feel good.
A summer read leaves you feeling pretty good by the end. There's two types of endings that give you that feel-good feeling. The first is the tradition happy ending, which is preferable in a summer read. The second is the ending that isn't necessarily happy (maybe a character dies or some other tragedy occurs), but you still get the sense that everything is wrapped up; you feel like you've been on a journey with the characters, enjoyed a well written book, and that good feeling to come away with.
These are of course some very general qualities found in summer reads, but I've also come up with a more specific list of some very common scenarios/plot lines you'll see in a book worthy of summer-reading.
Summer books often feature these scenarios:
-Take place in, you guessed it, the summer
-Character goes on a trip
-Often written by a bestselling author with twenty other books
The thing about summer reads is that they are very subjective. A book that I think is perfect for summer, someone else might think is awful! Everybody has different books that make them "feel good", offer "escape" and that they find "light". That's really the beauty of it all. That being said, I thought I'd share a few books that I thought looked worthy of summer reading (note: I haven't read all of these books!).
Let me know in the comments what books you have on your summer reading list or what makes a book qualify as a summer read to you! Are summer reads even a thing to you or do you just read like normal in the summer? Honestly, I'm really curious to hear everyone's thoughts on summer reads.
Reading: Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen
Listening: Plain White T's
Watching: Rookie Blue