We’re at the point in the summer when you may need a change of pace. Whatever your summer plans are they’re probably set, and you’re either trudging through them, sleeping through them, or running wild through them. I don’t know where you are, but reading during the summer months has been a source of strength–and often needed conviction for me, depending on what I’m reading. It’s one of the best rituals of the summer to finish school, visit the public library, and bring home a stack of books.Sometimes, though, you have a problem. You get lost in having too many choices. The thousands and thousands of books at the library fluster you, and you leave with a stack that consists of that tween romance novel you half read in seventh grade and its two less-than-literary sequels. Let’s try again…
Here are ways that you can avoid that situation and pick the best reading list for this summer.
- Read a Book You’ve Already Read: Find an old favorite you haven’t read in a while. Wander. Wander through the pages and remember what struck you about this book.
- Read a Book that Gives You a Different Perspective: Think. Think. Think. Don’t waste your summer. Find a book that challenges you with a different perspective. International memoirs are a great idea for this category.
- Read a Book Outside Your Normal Genre: We all have that favorite genre we like to camp out in and read all day. I enjoy old, literary books. I know titles in that section of the library by heart, but there’s something to be said for being a well-rounded person who reads outside their genre. Try something else. If you’re into fiction read a nonfiction book. If you only like popular books turned to movies try reading a literary masterpiece that no one has dared submit to Hollywood.
- Read a Book that Challenges You Spiritually: There is much to pick from in this category. This could be a book on persecuted Christians in the Middle East, a book by a thoughtful Oxford Christian Writer, or that book by Francis Chan you’ve been wanting to read. Find something solid that challenges your faith.
- Read a Book in Your Major: Immerse yourself in your field. Find a book on a topic in your major. Be constant, curious, and always learning whether you’re enrolled in school or not. I’m an English Education major, and for me this means reading books on teaching and consuming literature.
- Read a Book a Friend Recommended: You have this friend who you really respect and they recommended a book to you. Seize the day this summer and read it.
- Read a Book Your Professor Mentioned in Class: Professors like to drop the names of books in their classes that have influenced their lives, are excellent resources for your field, or are just books they really enjoy. Now is the time to pick up a few of those titles.
- Read a Book For You: Go into a library and wander through the stacks. Pick something that draws you, something you want to read. Read for the pure pleasure of reading. Let a book take you somewhere. Enjoy the wonder and mystery of turning the pages of a book.
Friends, make your time meaningful. Read, read, and read some more this summer.