Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Summer Reading

I've been reading a lot lately, and I like to mix up my reading--a little historical, some middle-grade adventure, contemporary romantic suspense, adult sci-fi romance. Basically, I like variety rather than following the current trend toward binge-watching in TV and video.

I have to admit I do hate it when an awesome book ends and I have to leave that world, but I also hate to find myself at loose ends with nothing by the same author or involving the same group of characters to anticipate. I like to savor instead of gulping it all down.

And I like to revisit.

If a book is good enough to go on my 'keeper' shelf, that means it deserves being re-read. So in between new books this year, I've been revisiting books I've read and held onto. In fact, on my Goodreads page, I've created a 'books worth re-reading' shelf for the treasures I've rediscovered.

This is especially a place for appreciating series. Reading the books one a year as they came out, such as in Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series, is all well and good, but the experience is richer when taken together so I can better see the clever laying of clues and the character development. And the books still leave me breathless on the second read.

"So many books, so little time," is absolutely true. And I'm determined to read as many of them as I can. But I also plan to savor because a truly wonderful book is worth the extra time to read thoroughly and enjoy over and over again.