Best Summer Reads

It is already mid-summer unless you are going by the public-school schedule. But assuming that you are not, how is your summer reading plan going? Did you find a great novel to read on your vacation? Or are you more of a self-improvement junkie? Personally, I am a history and biography nut. This year’s summer reading was a bit more eclectic.

My youngest son, whom I call Little Man, is on his first deployment in the Navy. He has been reading a lot, and I agreed to read a book of his choosing with him during his deployment. I had no idea that he would choose Paradise Lost by John Milton. If you have never read it, it is Milton’s version of the Creation and Fall of Man written in poetic verse. It has been a bit of a rough journey for me. I much prefer straight forward prose and good storytelling about actual events. I am still working through it.

I am also reading a very good book called Libraries: A Fragile History by Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen. Since I am still reading these, I will fill you in on them later.

This brings me to a question that I hope to get a response from. What was the best summer read you ever had?

I have two, but I will only share one in this blog and save the other for next time. The first was The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. I read this the summer after I graduated from high school. It is everything I love: history, mystery, the church. It became a consuming passion like all good books. I was obsessed with trying to figure out who was killing monks in a medieval monastery over a book. I was stunned by the conclusion but loved every moment. I was sharing the book with my mother, and we were both enjoying it, discussing the unraveling whodunnit. Sadly, Mom lost all semblance of self-control and skipped to the end to find out who the killer was. Later, she told me that she knew who did it. She thoroughly enjoyed knowing something I didn’t. I refused to cheat and find out. I savored the story and enjoyed a truly satisfying read.

So what was your best summer read?

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