Summer is the time of year when I start to long for a good book, for a story that pulls me in and doesn't let go until the very last word. For years, I would finish school and head off into my summer breaks to meet my reading goals, which usually had to do with reading more books than I had the previous Summer vacation months - you know, back when school let out in the middle of May and started back in early September? I would keep a list of all the books I read, make notes on what I thought, and I was voracious. Even when I was in seminary, I could usually read upwards of 30 "fun" books during the summer.
While I don't have nearly as much time these days, I have been looking forward to my upcoming "beach" vacation and have now decided which books (plural) I will take along on the journey. I've limited myself to two, assuming that there will be plenty of time in the airport/airplane to make a pretty good dent. And as of this week, I know what I'll be reading:
The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs
This book was pitched to me as a sort of Westing Game for adults. Having just read The Westing Game earlier this year, I was sold. I love the idea of self-revelatory treasure hunt, of familial understanding and personal growth. And I love a good mystery. So I'm really looking forward to falling head first into this story.
My aunt gave me this book for Christmas, and it was a hard decision to wait, but I knew that I wanted to really have time to enjoy and learn. When I first visited St. Louis (and subsequently moved to call this place home) seeing Monet's Water Lilies in the St. Louis Art Museum were a pivotal experience. I still have to stop in each time I visit and take in a little bit of the color and magic.
What are you planning on reading this summer?