Summer reading is about choices, says Beth Golay.
“For younger minds, that’s the time you get to explore subjects that interest you rather than something you’ve been told to read,” said Golay, founder of Books & Whatnot, a website and newsletter for independent booksellers.
“It’s unrequired reading. You’ve been assigned texts all through school, and those have a purpose and are important as well. But in summer, you get to choose what you want to explore.”
Even if you’re not a student, even if your summer months aren’t blissfully free of work and worry, summer reading can scream potential.
Maybe you’re the trashy-paperback type: Throw some chick lit into the swim bag for poolside reading, and who even cares if it gets crinkled, wet or caked with sunscreen? Coconut-scented Sophie Kinsella is Eau de Relaxation.
Or perhaps you like packing a book or two (or seven) in your carry-on to read while on vacation.
“Too many suitcases are far too heavy because it’s so tough to choose,” Golay said. “But what can you do? You have to have options.”
No matter your summertime inclination, there is bound to be a book or two – or dozens – that pique your interest. Here are a few recommended by Golay and by employees of Watermark Books & Cafe in Wichita:
Beginning and middle readers“Timmy Failure” “Penderwicks”