(Updated July 30th, 2013)
“There is a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work; and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs.” –Henry Ward Beecher
It surprised us to come across this quote from a man we associate with serious 19th century social reforms like the abolition of slavery, women’s rights, and temperance. It’s hard to imagine Reverend Beecher stretched out in a beach chair with a novel, an umbrella sticking out of his nonalcoholic beverage. We could see Red Roomers relaxing that way, though, so we asked them to share their summer reading lists with us. (As always, we apologize to our winter-bound Southern Hemisphere readers; we always want to know what you’re reading, too!)
A couple of bloggers' posts stood out:
- For member Annette Talbert, a summer read has three elements: fun, laughter, and travel. That way, even if she's stuck at work, she can go all over the world, happily. Enjoy her picks in "My Summer Reading Picks."
- What if you live in the tropics where many people dream of having a summer vacation? For member Zeny May Recidoro, a getaway from her balmy home in the Philippines means exploring the chilly horror of "The H.P. Lovecraft Experience."
These bloggers will receive books by Red Room authors:
As Winston Churchill prepares to give his famous "Iron Curtain" speech in Missouri, will his lone bodyguard be able to foil a plot to kill him? Warren Adler's historical thriller Target Churchill sounds like a fantastic summer read.
Two more mysteries set in the past, specifically 1930s Hawaii, are Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl's Murder Casts a Shadow and Murder Leaves Its Mark. Prewar Honolulu comes to life in these thoroughly entertaining mysteries that evoke a colorful bygone era.
I hope you'll read all the entries in this blog challenge. All of Red Room's past blog challenge topics are here. Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room