We have to read what captivates us. Why wouldn’t we? Other than what might be assigned for classes – either classes we are teaching or classes we are taking – some writers will admit to feeling that they haven’t read enough. That they haven’t read enough “good” books or the classics or the canon and that, somehow, this makes their own writing ambitions premature, illegitimate. I understand that anxiety: I used to feel this way, too. But there is so much to read. So much great stuff to read. And once we let go of the worry about reading everything, we can take the summer to read one great big book, like Infinite Jest or Anna Karenina.
Thanks! I’m working on summer reading for myself. I just finished The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd and I’m just about to start A Good House by Bonnie Burnard.
Maybe I should do the summer reading log for myself?
Not only do you challenge yourself to spend some time reading over the summer months but there are going to be prizes involved. I mean, I don’t know about you guys, but I was always into the summer reading program for the prizes that you get for reaching your goal. There will be one grand prize giveaway, 10 end of challenge giveaways, and monthly giveaways from May to September.
Anyone registered for the Adult Summer Reading program by Saturday, June 13th at 3 PM will be entered into the Adult Summer Reading Kick Off Giveaway.