June 24, 2013

Monday Pep Rally: Summer Reading

It's officially summer! Long, hot days, the super-moon, and watermelon and ice cream are big associations I have with summer, but one of the biggest is ALL THE READING. I have vivid memories of lounging around in the shade on my back with my nose in a book. Not to mention all the summer reading assignments as we got older - Summertime is when I met Orwell, Dickens, Tolkienn, and Rand.

So, as an adult, I have a lot of nostalgia this time of year - so much so that all I want to do is lounge around with a book when the weather gets toasty hot.

For this week's Monday Pep Rally, I want to know - Do YOU have memories of summer reading? Are they fond, or not-so-fond? And if you are a parent of school-aged children, or a teacher, how is summer reading different now than it used to be?

Happy Monday!


Stephsco said...

Yes! We used to have a library bookmobile that parked around the corner from the house a couple times a month. The more limited selection meant I chose some books that I might not have otherwise, but it was really nice to have that so close if my parents couldn't take me to the library. Plus it was air conditioned and my house didn't have A/C. (How did I live???)

Melody Simpson said...

I remember moving to a different town (for the second of what I didn't realize would be many times) and the transition was interesting to say the least. It was the summer just before going into fifth grade and I started reading To Kill A Mockingbird as an escape and it still remains to be one of my favorite books today.

Just before I moved another time, I got the summer reading list for the high school I knew I wouldn't be attending but decided to pick one book from the list and read it anyway, to feel like I was still a part of that town in some small way before I left. I ended up picking The Pact by Jodi Picoult who I had never heard of at the time, but she has since become one of my favorite authors.

How cool does a library bookmobile sound? That is awesome! What a great summer reading memory! I'm kind of jealous!

Sarah Hipple said...

My dad was a librarian and my mom was a children's librarian. My school wasn't exactly challenging, so my mom gave my sister and I summer reading lists. I don't remember anything about what rewards we got, but I'm glad my mom did that. I'm pretty sure that's why I read The Scarlet Letter and Jane Eyre (among others).

What with my parents working in the library, books weren't exactly hard for me to come by, but the bookmobile does sound cool, and I definitely read a lot after I moved to a different town in 3rd grade. Of course, I always read, but the books definitely helped me while I was missing my best friend.

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