When I was a kid, summers meant warm evenings, catching lightning bugs, and reading all day long. Now that I'm an adult (what?!), summers really aren't that different from any other season in terms of free time, but I still get that same ache to binge-read when the weather turns warm. Sunday was a warm, rainy day, so I shelved my to-do list and spent half the day on the couch with the balcony door open, reading to my little heart's content. Here are a few of the things I'm reading right now:
1. Philomena by Martin Sixsmith: I picked this up immediately after watching the movie, because the movie was one of the best things I've seen in years (I might be biased by my fangirl love of Judi Dench). I'm really glad I watched it first, because it's different enough from the book that I might not have liked it as much otherwise. Now I just love them both. :)
2. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs: This book is flying by far too quickly. While I haven't quite decided if I liked it as much as the first (it's a sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children), it's having no difficulty holding my attention--I read 100 pages on Saturday evening alone!
3. In Constant Prayer by Robert Benson: Some years ago, I read a book by Tony Jones called The Sacred Way about monastic spiritual practices, and I liked it so much I dug deeper into the topic by buying a series of books called the Ancient Practices Series. In Constant Prayer is one of those books, and it's sparking my desire to get back into some of those practices.
4. The Basic Book of Photography by Tom and Michele Grimm: My photo adventure with Layne a couple weeks ago really inspired me to learn more about my camera and how to use it. I've known the basics for a while since I have a SLR film camera, but I'm far from where I would like to be, so I've been digging into this book to (hopefully!) help me improve.
5. The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain edited by Kenneth O. Morgan: I'm currently slogging through the Roman period (pre-Roman and Roman history is probably my least favorite part of British history), but once I conquer that beast, I'm stoked to read the rest of this beauty. I brought her back from Powell's the last time I was in Portland (after carrying her around downtown alllllllll day--labor of love), so she's quite the special gem.
6. From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell: This is *technically* a graphic novel, but it's about Jack the Ripper, so I make no apologies. And no, that terrible Johnny Depp/Roman Polanski movie is not enough to sway me from wanting to read it.
Have you read any of these? What are you reading right now? I love getting new suggestions!