Decoda Summer Reading 2018 – Tina Chau
Date posted: July 4, 2018
“So many books, so little time.”
This quote from Frank Zappa is how I started last year’s summer reading blog post, and it still rings true. And, I’m still using the same strategies to tackle my unrealistically long ‘to be read’ list.
An article in Book Riot by a librarian who runs summer (and winter) reading programs for adults and teens reminded me that it’s not just about reading a whole bunch of books. Here’s my personal interpretation of her 3 lessons learned:
- Stats are important, but stories are amazing: It’s not about how many books you read; focus on what each book brings to you.
- Success is relative: There’s no point in comparing the amount or complexity of what you’ve read to what others have read. It’s not a competition. I’ll never finish my ‘to be read’ pile; in fact, I think it’s a good thing if it gets longer, not shorter.
- Adults love prizes: The prize for finishing one book is starting the next one. A visit to the library (a free prize!) or bookstore (not so free prize) is never a bad idea.
Here’s what I have my eye on for reading this summer, in three broad categories:
From the Decoda Library
This summer I’m hoping to read some of the books that adult literacy practitioners have recommended for use with their students. Thanks to Marilyn Smitshoek for forwarding the suggestions that she’d gathered.
You’ll also see the cover of Missing Her in the feature photo. It’s the latest entry in the Anna Chapman series from Grass Roots Press. I’ll be reading it, too, because I’ve enjoyed the other books in the series. These are all available for borrowing. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a loan.
I love a mystery
Most of what I like to read for fun is mysteries. And usually I end the summer with a binge read of Louise Penny’s newest novel. But, this year it won’t be out until later in the fall. Here’s what’s on my list:
- The Word is Murder – I’m curious about how the author will become a character.
- It Begins in Betrayal – set in 1940s BC (near Nelson), the 4th in the series
- Gray Sea Running – contemporary and set in BC, also 4th in this series
- The Dark Angel – Thanks, Margaret, for recommending this series!
- Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown – A baby elephant sidekick? That sounds like fun.
New to me
I think it’s good to read something other than mysteries every once in a while. These are all new-to-me authors.
- Next Year for Sure
- The Nakano Thrift Shop
- Rare Objects
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
It looks like I’ve succumbed to book greed again. I’m pretty sure I can’t read all of these this summer. But, I have a lot of interesting choices. And, remember, it’s not a race.
Are you interested in what other people are reading? Every Wednesday this summer, a Decoda staff member will be blogging about their summer reading. I’m looking forward to adding more titles to my ‘to be read’ list.