(what to read when it’s hot or hot-reading)

Summer  – the season of sunshine, holidays, relaxation. Long evenings to languish with a good book. That’s what they’d like you to think. In reality, summer can means frantically running around organising that last Christmas present, food shopping, cleaning the house, mothering children  etc. ect. That is until… Boxing Day. Then my summer of reading begins. 

I have a list.

A long list.

Hot reading, all of them.

I have something for everyone on the list. How-to guides, a couple of biographies and some wicked crime fiction for the menfolk. Plenty of picture books, Where’s Wally and I spy to keep the little ones amused. For school age children, join the Summer Reading Club?  This year’s theme is “The Amazing Read”. Find some gruesome facts in the Ripley’s “Believe it or not” series, catch up on Zac Power’s, the Beastie Boys’  and  Geronimo Stilton’s latest escapades and read about the latest fairy from Daisy Meadows. Seen the movie? Now read the books  – try Harry Potter and Diary of a wimpy kid. For teenagers I’m thinking vampires, steampunk and graphic novels.

Now if you haven’t planned a holiday recently, summertime is exactly the time to start.  Lonely Planet, Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness travel will have you travelling through exotic landscapes or testing your strength climbing mountains. I’m looking forward to some new cookbooks (reading not necessarily cooking), some light romantic fiction… so what about you?

What will be your hot reads this summer?  Maybe they’ll be cool reads? Whatever they are, make plenty of time for them.

Don’t forget out Twitter Reading Group.  Our last discussion for 2011 will be on Tuesday December 13th, 8pm AEST. Use hash tags #summerreads #readit2011

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