Sunday, May 31, 2009

Weekly Geeks 2009-19: Summer Reading Plans

I'm a bit late with this edition of Weekly Geeks, but we had so much rainy/dreary weather last week that summer reading was far from my mind. Now that we've had a few warmer, sunny days, I honestly can't believe that June is almost upon us. It seems like 2009 is absolutely flying by. June always brings to mind warm weather, cooking on the grill, swimming, and of course, lots of summer reading.

This year I'd like to use the summer months to make a substantial dent in my growing list of books to read. I have over 200 books that I own but haven't read, so I'm going to use this summer as an opportunity to read more of my own books. I should have plenty of opportunities for quality reading time, especially in June. I'll be house and dog-sitting for a week while my cousin Scott and his wife Rebecca fly out West to compete in Ironman Coeur d’Alene. I took care of their beagles over the Easter weekend earlier this year and it was like a mini-vacation for me.

I'm going to start with a conservative goal of 30 books over the next three months. Ten books per month seems to be a manageable number, and one that I can easily exceed if past months are any indication. So far, April is the only month I haven't read 10 or more books. (I read only 8 books in April, but my page total for that month is the higher than any other month.)

Shauna at Reading and Ruminations is holding a 30 Books in 30 Days Reading Blitz in June. I might participate in this, I'm leaning very heavily towards it but I haven't decided for sure yet. It's definitely doable for me, especially if I concentrate on the Young Adult and Mystery genres. This would also have the added benefit of helping me smash my goal of 30 books over the entire summer and make significant progress with my To-Be-Read list.

I've noticed over the years that I read longer, heavier books in the winter and shorter, lighter books during the summer. I think that with all the other summer activities, it's easier to incorporate a lot of reading if I focus on shorter, fast-moving books.

What are your summer reading plans? Do you your reading habits change during the summer?


  1. I agree, this year is going by fast! I have mixed feelings about that. Good luck with your summer challenges!

  2. I'm hoping to make a big dent in my TBR pile this summer, too. It needs it. :P I'm not sure my reading habits change that much with the seasons. I suppose I read more contemporary books (as opposed to historical) in the summer. And in the summer I'm more open to reading different genres; for some reason in the winter I'm really in the mood for romance.

  3. My reading habits change in summer too, but it's more about the themes and setting than about the genre. I love to read "snowy" book in winter like I love to read "sunny" books in summer.

    My plan for the upcoming summer is to have read 75 books by then end of August, so that I will have reached my "75 books in 2009". My next semester is going to be crazy and I don't think I'll get much reading done by then!

    The 30 books in 30 days idea looks like so much fun! I'm not sure I would succeed, but I'm definitely tempted to try it!

  4. I'm so glad you're joining the challenge!I'm reading mostly young adult reads with a few adult fiction mixed in. I'll be cheering you on.

  5. Wow, 200 unread books! And I thought my TBR was unwieldy!

    Good luck with your summer reading plans. House sitting sounds like a great opportunity to get some more reading done.

  6. My summer reading plans don't really change from my other-time-of-the-year plans except that I indulge in a few hardcovers to read by the pool.

    The 30 in 30 challenge sounds awesome!

    -Connie @ Constance-Reader

  7. I can't believe in less than 3 hours June is here. Geez! 1/2 way thru the year.

    Enjoy your summer reading!