Sometimes a vacation is such a frenzy that there isn’t a lot of time for reading.
And, let’s face it, some of us just don’t have that much time to vacation.
Yet, there’s something about the season that cries out for good reads. And resources to enjoy reading, as well as getting to schmooze with writers and talk about books, have never been better.
One of the highlights of the summer is the popular and expanding Sisters in Crime New England Beach Reads series, which all take place in some of New England’s prettiest sea-side towns.
Some of you may have already gone to Tuesday’s session in Osterville, Mass., which featured writers Sheila Connolly, Susan Cory, Leslie Meier, Cynthia Riggs and Susan Santangelo.
Tonight’s is in Newburyport, Mass., with Judith Copek, Susan Oleksiw, J. R. Reardon, Clea Simon and Edith Maxwell.
Two more are scheduled: July 31 in Camden, Maine, with Janis Bolster, Kate Flora and Vicki Doudera, and Aug. 2 in Mystic, Conn., with Rosemary Harris, Roberta Isleib/Lucy Burdette, Steve Liskow, Jessica Speart and Lynn Marie Steinmayer.
The writers talk about what they’ll be reading “on the beach” this summer and there are snacks and conversation. And beaches! Check out the details at www.sincne.org/events.
But even if you can’t attend, it’s a fun time of year to discover new authors and books.
When vacationing, try to make time to seek out a library or bookstore you haven’t gone to before and see what they have to offer.
Check out the local community listings in the newspaper for book signings or writers’ series.
While the beach can be fun, the cool stacks of a library or air-conditioned bookstore can be just as rewarding. When I was a teenager, I used to find a cool, quiet spot in Maine’s statehouse on hot summer days and curl up with a paperback for hours. It was one of my favorite summer hideaways.
So, yes, summer and fun reading go together, whether it’s at the beach or in some dark corner.