No, that's okay, I'll pass. Give me a nice, cold, air-conditioned room! Ah yes! Give me a nice, lengthy book to prop up in front of me as my legs are stretched out in front of me, feet resting on a little stool, my back pressed against a comfortable chair, and I'm happy as a clam. (While others are out in the hot sun digging for clams.)
Sure, I live in the Ocean State. That's what we're famous for. The ocean, tall ships, beaches, quahogs, seafood--all that stuff. And all of that stuff is great. But I find hot, sticky weather very uncomfortable. It's hard to breathe, hard to think, hard to concentrate. I want to be able to write something coherent and read passages from an intriguing novel just once, instead of over and over again.
So, speaking of summertime reading, I'll tell you what I'm reading. First I read Kim Richardson's autobiographical book, The Unbreakable Child. Also read a fellow writer's unpublished novella tentatively titled Reaper Tales. Now I'm reading My Quirks and My Compass by H. Charles Dilmore. After that, I'm planning to read Summer Sisters by Judy Blume. If there's any summer left by then it's on to Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner.
So how about you? What books are on your beach blanket reading list? Or, if you're hiding from the sun, your living room coffee table?