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Summer Reading Ideas

By Theindieexchange @indieexchange

Word Relax on beach  Summer is a great time to get caught up on your reading stack. Whether sprawled out on the beach, dangling your feet in a pool, or sitting on your deck to enjoy sunsets and nighttime breezes, a novel in your hands can make your summer escapism complete.

However, my list of books I want to read over the summer often ends up barely getting touched by the time the kids go back to school. I’m determined to make the time this summer and I’ve done some online research to come up with some great ideas to make it happen.

1. Create a summertime book club. Find like-minded people and get them committed to a book or two. Have the “meetings” by a pool with your favorite adult beverages and watch the conversation fly!
2. If you have kids, create a second club with them. Let them choose the book, but encourage them to pick something with a summer theme.
3. Create a daytrip that corresponds with the book. If it’s a romance set in the Civil War, find a battlefield to visit. If it’s a paranormal thriller, contact a ghost hunter in your area and have them come give a demonstration…or have your book club go on a hunt.
4. Have a cook-out with a book theme. Get everyone thinking creatively about dishes that fit a time period or ideas from the book.
5. Choose a book with an author event coming up. Meeting an author of a book you’ve just read with friends can be a lot of fun. Search for where your favorite author will be at the end of the summer and plan a road trip.

Hopefully some these ideas will get you into your reading list this summer and make it fun along the way. I’d love to hear about any creative ideas that have worked for you or that you have planned for your summer reading.


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