Wednesday, August 5, 2015
The Joy of Summer Reading
Throughout the school year my reading "sessions" are very limited due to limited time. I might only get through five or six pages in one sitting. It might take me twenty or thirty sittings to finish a book. I'm used to reading this way, and I never really took note of it until this past weekend.
For us Canadians, we had a long weekend (no work, yay!), so naturally my family packed up our mini van and headed to our family's cottage. It was a vacation away from the electronics of life as there was no internet and iffy cell service. Being bookwormish, my solution was to pack a few books for the trip. After the appropriate amount of socializing, I spent most of my weekend sitting on the deck (or laying in bed) reading. I spent hours just reading, with no interruptions. I can't remember the last time I did that.
I burned through Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson in maximum three sittings. Reading that book was a totally different experience from how I normally read. I'm used to returning to a book and being forced to re-aquatint myself with the characters every time I return. By the time I'm familiar again, I can't keep my eyes open to read any more. With Epic Detour, the time in between readings was so minimal that it was easy to slip back into the story each time. I had the time to really loose myself in the story.
I realized that being able to read a book cover-to-cover in as little sittings as possible is the best way to appreciate the story. Unfortunately, that is not a luxury that is available all year around. As much as I'd like to lay in bed and read my days away, I'm glad that I can't, because it makes reading in the summer holidays so much sweeter.
Reading in more sittings gives you a chance to really think about the themes and the art of the novel, but the beauty of summer reading is that you can escape reality for a few solid hours.
I know this is a shorter post, but I felt like I had to share my new-found appreciation for summer reading. Have you had a chance to do some good summer reading? What are your reading habits like? Let me know what you think in the comments!
Reading: Changeless by Gail Carriger
Listening: Rend Collective
Watching: The Unpopular Opinions book tags on Youtube