I love summer and all the wonderful benefits that come with it - paper plate dinners, relaxed schedules, and – thanks to days full of swimming suits and flip flops - significantly less laundry. Of course, nothing kicks off a relaxing summer like a good read. Whether I’m heading to the lake with the kids or simply lounging in the backyard - a great book is a summer staple for me.
So for today’s Talk to Me Tuesday post, I’m hoping you’ll pass along your favorite summer reads. What book have you read lately that you couldn’t put down? Is there a particular author that you can’t resist? Is there a book you loved so much that you immediately passed it on to a friend? I hope you’ll share a few of your favorites as well as a word or two about why you loved them. I’m heading out on a 20-hour road trip soon so any suggestions for a fabulous, make-the-time-fly-by book would be greatly appreciated.
While we’re on the topic of summer reading, I thought I’d pass along a few of my favorite book sites, in case you’re in the market for a great read yourself:
This clever site is like a literary version of allrecipes.com (my favorite recipe site). It’s a place for you and your friends to get together and rate, share, and review books. It’s also a perfect spot to set up a virtual book club or join in on a discussion about your latest read. Simple, easy to use, and totally free. I highly recommend it.
Wondering what to do with the pile of paperbacks from last summer? Don’t store them on a shelf, swap them! SwapTree lets you trade in your old books, movies, games and CDs and use your credit to request new ones. Whether you use it with the general public or just as a way to exchange books between friends and family, it’s a convenient (and free) way to rotate your collection.
Let’s face it, when you’ve got little kids, finding time to curl up with a good book can be tough. However, it’s amazing how much ‘reading’ you can squeeze in when you’re listening instead of looking. Trust me, mundane tasks like laundry and mopping are far less tedious when you’ve got a great audio book to keep you company. You can listen to the audio books on your laptop or download them to any mp3/iPod device. It’s not free, but in my opinion, their vast selection, ease of use, and impeccable sound quality make Audible well worth the price.
In addition to your favorite summer reads, if you’ve got other literary sites you love, I hope you’ll share them with the rest of us. As always, to those of you that comment, thanks – in advance – for passing it on.