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Enjoy summer reading
July 4, 2011
by Jenni Sebora

I love summer for the mere fact that I feel that I can really delve into some fun summer reading for myself and my children.

The first week of summer vacation for my three children, we headed to Barnes & Noble for a summer book hunt. Each of my children selected a book of his or her choice.

My youngest daughter, who is 7 years old, chose a book about two mice personalities, Tumtum and Nutmeg. The book, “Tumtum & Nutmeg, Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall,” by Emily Bearn actually contains three stories about the two mice. My daughter thought this was quite the deal. It was like getting three books in one.

The book store was running a special on sticker book stories; buy two, get one free. Three was her number for the day. Sticker book stories are entertainment for traveling in the car.

My 14-year-old son had his own gift certificate. There were three books that were just waiting for his brain to get wrapped around. He immediately started reading one book on the way home, as well as into the evening. “Divergent” by Veronica Roth, “Blood Red Road” by Moira Young, and “Eon” by Alison Goodman were his finds.

My middle child, my 11-year-old daughter, enjoys reading Rick Riordan’s books, namely the “Percy Jackson” series. “The Lost Hero” (“Heroes of Olympus” series 1) has sparked her summer reading interests.

Sitting on my porch with a glass of iced tea on a summer evening provides the perfect setting for some summer reading.

My husband and I enjoyed taking the opportunity to sit together on our two rockers on our porch and read – each of us clad with a different book in hand, enjoying the quiet company of each other and that of the characters and plot of the stories we were engrossed in. And to top it off we had no company of flies, gnats, mosquitoes, and whatever other summer insects that like to mull around your ears and head forcing one to head inside before their devour.

My choice this summer thus far has included some, of course, Newberry Book Award winners, “The Great Gilly Hopkins” by Katherine Paterson, “Island of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’Dell, and “Julie of the Wolves” by Jean Craighead George. There are reasons why these stories were awarded the prestigious Newberry honor.

I am now reading, “The Wednesday Wars,” a Newberry Honor Book, by Gary Schmidt. The story is about the life of a seventh-grade boy and is written with humor and believability, and makes each day a momentous occasion. I am thoroughly enjoying it.

My adult reading books have included an Oprah’s Book Club choice, “The Pilot’s Wife,” by Anita Shreve. It was a book that was hard to put down. My Barnes & Noble summer book pick was “The Girls from Ames,” by Jeffrey Zaslow, the coauthor of “The Last Lecture.” This book intrigued me because it was the true story of women who grew up in Ames, IA and their 40-year friendship.

I have also finished a Danielle Steel novel, “Journey.” You can never go wrong with one of her novels.

My husband’s books are very thought-provoking, such as Shakespeare and “Our Oriental Heritage,” by Will Durant. It is book one in “The Story of Civilization” series. He loves history and the study of human behavior. He is a lawyer, so he sees lots of “human behavior.”

Well, there you have it, my family’s summer reading extravaganza.

Actually, that is what a book can do for you. It can provide travels to different settings and insights. Delve into some books for some summer enjoyment. One can never be disappointed with these travels.