Friday, June 27, 2008

Friday Five: Summer Reading

Songbird from RevGalBlogPals writes:

Back in the day, before I went to seminary, I worked in the Children's Room at the Public Library, and every year we geared up for Summer Reading. Children would come in and record the books read over the summer, and the season included numerous special and celebratory events. As a lifelong book lover and enthusiastic summer reader, I find I still accumulate a pile of books for the summer.

This week, then, a Summer Reading Friday Five.

1) Do you think of summer as a particularly good season for reading? Why or why not?
I was going to say "yes, except I am in school!" But actually, I don't think it is, because there's so much more to do OUTSIDE during the summer months, I tend to not read as many books because I'm enjoying life. Or weeding. Or chauffeuring. Or hanging at the pool. Or pretending to study at the park. Or doing a cook out. Or... (sorry. am I boring you?)

2) Have you ever fallen asleep reading on the beach?
Yes. And gotten a lovely paperback-sized tanline on my stomach! (the rest was sunburned!)

3) Can you recall a favorite childhood book read in the summertime?
I read ALL THE TIME so I don't really remember one that was "summer."

4) Do you have a favorite genre for light or relaxing reading?
Fantasy.

5) What is the next book on your reading list?
I'm going to NOT pick work-related or school-related books for this! I have to read Elizabeth Johnson's book 'She Who Is' for my Feminist Theology class, but I don't think that counts!

I am actually getting ready to start a new book by Donita Paul called "Dragonlight." It's the fourth in a series of a really fun storyline about dragon keepers! What's cool about it is that is uses a monotheistic worldview (with a Christ figure, and a biblical view of good and evil) but it does not shove it down your throat. My kids read them, their friends read them, it's just a good job and decent fiction that doesn't require a list of steamy love scenes.

Here's to a summer or MORE casual reading... some day!

Deb

P.S. I should post The Harpist's Summer Reading List. It is really something!! (Unlike the "movies list" it appears to have a little more educational content.)

8 comments:

Songbird said...

Heehee, I love your tanline story!

Diane said...

I don't think She Who Is counts either.

And I think the paperback tanline is priceless!

QuakerPastor said...

Howdy fellow OSU Alum...
FOr some reason i don't like fantasy; wish I did though. I guess going to school at OSU and then a seminary were fantasy enough.
Good play; I'd love to see the reading list for you daughter.
QP

jonskifarms said...

Do you think that dragon keeper series would appeal to a 10 year old boy who's really into dragons? Or is it more aimed at teens? I know what, i'll just get him the first one and let him decide!

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Deb said...

I think the Dragonkeepers series is good for anyone who is ready for a "real" book. My now 13-year-old read the first one when she had just turned 11. She and her friends LOVE them. :)

Donita K. Paul said...

Wow, Thank you for the endoresement of my Dragon Keeper Chronicle series. DragonLight is number five and the last of this saga. I'm on to writing another book set in the same world but in a different time and on a different continent. Lots of fun! one of the main characters is a four foot, thinking parrot. And there are still dragons!

jonskifarms said...

Hmm, Dragonlight must be popular in my town - 4 of the 5 copies owned by the library are missing! :^o But I have a request in for Dragonspell (which I'm guessing is the first, based on copyright dates).