Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer Reading

Well, there are no longer nine days until Christmas (there are 151 but who’s counting?), and my short Christmas tale is not a short Christmas tale at all - it’s an incomplete one. Life and time got away from me, but I’m quite determined to get them back. As for the holiday story, it’s waiting on the shelf for the return of the season which will be here before you know it (sorry if that’s a buzz kill to anyone).

But in the meantime, there are plenty of things to enjoy about summer before it, too, slips away. For instance: the beach! If you don’t live near the ocean, I hope you’ll at least have the opportunity to travel to one. And if that’s not a possibility, I hope you have a lake or a pond – or at least a large river – with enough shoreline to spread out and catch some rays with the sound of water crashing/lapping/running nearby. I’m not sure there’s anything more therapeutic.

My one summer beach tip is this: don’t do like I did. Listen to your mother when she tells you to reapply your sunscreen every few hours, or else you’ll end up red as a lobster. Okay, one more tip: don’t forget your book(s)! To me, the beach – and summertime in general – is for reading.

(Well, okay, that’s sort of an untruth because the entire year is for reading. Spring, summer, fall, or winter … in sickness and in health … in good times and bad … the answer is “yes books.”)

I made a list at the beginning of the year of all the books I wanted to read – I was happy to discover so many books would be made into movies (although I’m sure I don’t need to voice my opinion on which is better) and many of those made the list. I’m sure I’m not the only one who refuses to watch the movie version until the book’s been read. This mentality has served me well, except in those situations where I haven’t finished reading and my friends/family want to see it so I have to politely decline.

(Unless of course your friends/family are extra super and they delay watching the movie to wait until you finish … thanks guys! I’m almost done with Winter's Tale!)

The list I created Jan. 1 includes:
"Labor Day" (which I admit to seeing before reading the book)
"Winter's Tale"
"The Monuments Men"
"The Hundred-Foot Journey" (which I'm supposed to see an advanced screening of tonight ... also before finishing the book)
"The Fault in Our Stars"
"Gone Girl"
"Divergent"
"Wild"

There are others, but those caught my interest the most. I also felt like I should mix up said reading by alternating a newer story with a classic tale; those are not to be overlooked! Some non-fiction is a worthwhile addition too; I’m about to finish "Salt Sugar Fat" by Michael Moss and all I have to say is “wow.” I’m alternately left astonished, disgusted and angry after reading it; I highly recommend picking up a copy if you’ve an interest in learning about the rise of the processed food industry and “how the food giants hooked us.”

What’s on your summer reading list?




*Tuesday Truth: I may obsessed with reading and writing and praise both activities to the moon and back, but nobody’s perfect and I have to admit, there are certain books I’m ashamed to say I’ve yet to finish reading: The Harry Potter Series, The Hunger Games, and, wait for it … The Lord of the Rings (although I’ve seen the movies repeatedly) make up that list. I am ashamed. *insert monkey with hands clasped over mouth and monkey with hands clasped over eyes emojis here*

 

1 comment:

RNSANE said...

I am so remiss in my reading, Geeta, though I was home in CA for eight months before my recent return to India. I spent most of that time in Sacramento, a city I don't love. All my friends are in San Francisco or near that area since I worked there for nearly 35 years and lived within 15 miles of the city. I was at my son's home, to help with my darling granddaughter. The saving grace was that I found Pooja, a wonderful India restaurant, only a mile from his house but, since I have not ONE friend in the area, it was lonely for me.

I came back to India July 25th and hope to stay till Dec. 3. I will celebrate my 70th birthday here on Oct 3rd which astonishes me. I don't believe I'm that ancient. I have now spent 16 months., off and on, of the last 3 years ( come Dec ) in India!

Hope you are well and happy