Posts Tagged "summer reads"
One of the things I want to start doing more of, blog-wise, is to share passages, writing prompts, or thoughts from other writers that I find inspirational. Re-reading a favorite poem or book always gets my creative juices flowing, and I’m hoping it’ll do the same for you. If nothing else, maybe you’ll discover a writer or piece of writing you’ve never encountered before.
Here are a lovely few lines from Zelda Fitzgerald. These lines conjure up such a vibrant, vivid image of summer– reading them almost makes me feeling like I’m sitting in the sand, coated in that yummy salty film you get from spending the day at the beach.
I wish we could spend July by the sea, browning ourselves and feeling water-weighted hair flow behind us from a dive. I wish our gravest concerns were the summer gnats. I wish we were hungry for hot dogs and dopes, and it would be nice to smell the starch of summer linens and the faint odor of talc in blistering summer bath houses. We could lie in long citoneuse beams of the five o’clock sun on the plage at Juan-les-Pins and hear the sound of the drum and piano being scooped out to sea by the waves.
Go ahead. Breathe in that salt air.
When my dear friend Meg asked me to write a summer reading list for you lovely bookish folk I was thrilled! *Virtually wheels a fabulous bookcart of summer reads directly to your computer screen.*
My list comes mostly from interactions with my own wonderful high school students. I have some great readers under my wing and they let me know when they enjoyed something, when they hated something, or when there’s something really great on the horizon. Other aspects of my job involve reading a tonnn of book reviews, scouring other librarians’ book lists, and spending my district’s money to bring the best new books onto our shelves. Also, I get to wear a lot of cardigans. (Helloooo, best job ever? Seriously, you should all look into it.)
So without further ado, here is my School Librarian’s Unofficial Guide to Great Summer Reads for 2011. (“Unofficial” because it’s kind of all over the place — YA stuff, graphic novels, “adult” books, older books you might have missed, etc. Just bear with me. For a librarian, I’m remarkably unorganized.)