Summer Reading Dos and Don’ts

Whether your summer looks like a leisurely afternoon in a lawn chair or a frantic buzz of activity with maybe a few minutes for a book while the kids take a nap, we hope you have at least some time to read during this beautiful time of year.

Icecream

Here are a few tips to help you enjoy your summer reading:

Do: Read outside. Enjoy a little sunshine!

Don’t: Think that “reading by the pool” will make you look like a model on the cover of a magazine, with a perfect tan, no splashing children in sight, and mysterious color-coordination going on between the cover of the book, your swimsuit, and the beach towel.

Do: Take your kids to the library this summer.

Don’t: Take your kids to the library this summer after giving them double-dip ice cream cones to drip over the books.

You can also use fun tools like the American Library Association's summer reading list for kids.

You can also use fun tools like the American Library Association’s summer reading list for kids.

Do: Immerse yourself in a novel’s world and characters.

Don’t: Immerse yourself in a novel’s world and characters when you’re supposed to be the lifeguard on duty at the pool party.

Do: Judge a book by its cover. It can be fun to see a lineup of gorgeous covers and see which one catches your eye.

Don’t: Judge a book entirely based on its cover. Recommendations from others and a first chapter that draws you in are important too.

Do: Read something outside of the books you normally try. (Example: I don’t typically read contemporary romance, but this May, I decided to read Here to Stay, Meant to Be Mine, and Until I Found You in one big contemporary marathon…and loved them all!)

Don’t: Neglect your favorite genre either. There’s a reason it’s your go-to when choosing your next read!

Some of our June titles...I just love the pool image here.

Some of our June titles…I just love the pool image here. Makes me want to dive right in!

Do: Choose a book with a swoon-worthy hero.

Don’t: Actually swoon. People might think you’re suffering a heat stroke.

Do: Leave a review when you’ve really enjoyed a book. Authors love this, trust me!

Don’t: Give anything away in your review. No spoilers allowed!

Do: Take a cute date idea from your favorite romance and give it a try.

Don’t: Try to reenact a chase scene from your favorite romantic suspense novel. Particularly if it involves people shooting at you.

Your turn: what dos and don’ts would you give to your fellow readers?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s