Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Tueday Thingers: Summer Plans

This week's question:

Since we're past the Fourth of July and the summer season has officially started, what are your plans for the summer? Vacations, trips? Trips that involve reading? Reading plans? If you're going somewhere, do you do any reading to prepare? Do you read local literature as part of your trip? Have you thought about using the LT Local feature to help plan your book-buying?

I traveled extensively over the summers of 2005 and 2006, but since becoming ill with chronic fatigue syndrome, it's more difficult for me to travel long distances. I miss traveling dearly and hope that as I continue to get stronger, I'll be able to take more trips.

One of my favorite parts of traveling, of course, is checking out the local bookstores. When visiting Boston in 2005, I found the most charming bookstore not far from Boston Common -- sadly I cannot remember the name -- and passed nearly an entire afternoon there.

This summer, I'm hoping to make a trip to Valley Forge National Park, which is not far from my home. I've always been fascinated by the Revolutionary War, an interest that was fostered early in life with my very first visit to Valley Forge. (I was five and brought my Sesame Street Ernie puppet along with me. I was fascinated by all the swords on display in the visitor's center and made a point of showing them to Ernie. As my mother and I were heading downstairs to go to a different area, I met a little boy about my age who had the matching Bert puppet. Talk about kismet! I often wonder if he remembers me.) A trip to the gift shop to bring home a book (or two, or three...) about Valley Forge will be inevitable. Despite my keen interest in early American history, my library is sadly lacking in that department.

As far as reading plans go, I want to read and review as much as I possibly can this summer. Although I'm still new to review blogging, I love having this outlet to share my passion for books with other readers.


  1. That's such a lovely story! Valley Forge is one of those places I've wanted to go and I'm not sure why I haven't, I live in NJ. Except my desire to go there is inspired by a Dear America book, LOL!

  2. I remember visiting Valley Forge when I was younger, very interesting place!

  3. That is awesome! No wonder you are drawn to Valley Forge - it obviously has good karma for you. =)

  4. That is kismet! Thank you for sharing your memory with us.

    I love stopping in at the local bookstores when traveling. When my husband and I were on our roadtrip through the Southwestern U.S., I made a point of buying at least one or two books from every store we stopped in. I used the excuse that I wanted to support the local businesses. I might not have been able to do that had we been traveling by plan, but when you have a car, you have a lot more room for all those extra goodies you bring home.