What Book Would You Read On A Summer Day




One of my best memories from summers when I was a child was of those days when I didn’t have to do anything. Work had not yet reared its head, chores were finished, and the weather was just right. It wasn’t too hot, and the humidity was low. The sky was filled with imagination-inducing legions of clouds.  On such days, I remember sitting under a tree, leaning back against it and reading a book—all day, with the exception of going in for lunch and supper. They were perfect days.



Now, imagine something like that. For one day, you have no responsibilities, the weather is nice—75 degrees, almost no humidity, and a sky of bright blue and cumulus clouds like scattered cotton candy—and you have the time to indulge in reading a book. At your side is a container of coffee, iced tea, or whatever you like. You also have snacks with you.  Remember, for this day, you are free to relax and read, as if you were a child again.

If I were to do this right now, I think I would begin to reread The Lord of the Rings.



My question is—what book would you read?

34 thoughts on “What Book Would You Read On A Summer Day

  1. I’m reading Whole Brain Living by Jill Bolte Taylor Ph.D. (the Anatomy of Choice) Fascinating reading about the brain. Jill is a brain anatomist who taught and did research at Harvard. She had a stoke that wiped out her left hemisphere. It took eight years to regain what she lost, but now is back at Harvard teaching and doing research, but also writing about what she learned about the brain through the experience. Her first book was, Stoke of Insight about finding peace and joy in her right brain hemisphere and learning how to go where she needs or wants to be in her brain.
    A lot of her interests are areas I was working with long ago, so this is confirmation also for me.

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  2. You described a lovely, relaxing day. I’m reading Haruki Murakami’s “Kafka on the Shore,” and I would choose to continue reading that — it’s like entering a dream with strange details, and I’m really enjoying it.

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  3. Nicole

    I would definitely read Watership Down by Richard Adams. I remember being mesmerized by this cartoon movie as a child. Since there are so many themes within this story relevant to current events, I plan on re-reading this novel with “adult” eyes.

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  4. I smiled whilst reading your favourite times of the day and so remember the feeling of time to read in my favourite place.
    There were always books and I could not honestly say my favourite right off. I saw Dr Zhivago mentioned. That is one I love. …….and so many more.
    Wonderful place you choose for your favourite time.


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  5. No clue – can’t imagine a day like that, showing up, ever again – my imagination has learned to not test the bounds of possibilities in the space/time continuum I have inherited from my own and collective action prior decisions – – LOL. But figure, if I want to ‘get calmed down’ probably would read something by Max Planck, Albert Einstein or Carl Sagan – ya know, the folks who put ‘the universal space/time continuum’ in place where I can still hold out hope – – LOL

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