The Guilt-Free Read
One of the first items of my “I’m-finally-on-summer-vacation” list is to trot down to the local library and leisurely select a few novels to enjoy without guilt. During the year I am either guilty of sneaking my reading in between grading essays or I feel guilt because I am not reading. With no papers in sight for the next couple of months I shall enjoy reading at all hours of the day guilt free.
I tend to mix up my reading, and although I don’t like to make lists, here are a few goals I plan on to accomplish while lounging in the hammock this summer:
1. Room with a View (a reread, the first time I read it too fast determining if I would teach it for AP–the verdict? A resounding “Yes!” The subtle humor and digs at Brits and their habits are delightful–the film caught the spirit well, also.)
2. A really good mystery series–I haven’t found one since I finished my Inspector Evans series by Rhys Bowens. I’m picky though–no bedding, no swearing, no gratuitous violence–limiting, isn’t it? Take it up as a challenge 🙂
3. Classics yet to read: The Sound and the Fury; Middlemarch; Faust (really, I never have); some Dickens, more Shakespeare, and perhaps a Hemingway, and of course a revisit with Austen.
4. Look up current YA–I discovered Hunger Games before the masses did, and hope to find a new trend-setter.
5. Kid Lit: what’s going on in picture books these days, and it never hurts to look up old friends for an afternoon of revisiting.
I’m open to suggestions. Got a good read to recommend? My schedule is wide open until end of August.
Billy Collins captures the guilt-free read so very well in his poem “Reading in a Hammock”. An excerpt:
Around the edges of the book
is the larger sky,
dotted with clouds,
and some overhanging branches
that appear to be slowly swaying
back and forth,
as if I were the one lying motionless…
- Breathe Easy. Keep Reading. (readability.com)