Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Tueday Thingers: Summer Plans
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.