Where’s My Summer?

Today I was scrolling through Goodreads and got hit by a funny feeling of nostalgia. Seeing other people had finished books one after the other, I felt both inspired and a bit saddened.

These past few months have been weird on several fronts, with so many changes in my personal life, good and bad. I miss the simpler times when summer meant making a dent in my reading list, sitting outside (in milder temperatures!) and getting lost in a tale of yore. Reading in 2022 has been painfully slow for me, and though I’ve more or less settled down into a brand-new life, it hasn’t really caught up yet.

If I had a week to myself, this is the sort of summer I’d like to have:

  • Finish Middlemarch and all my other current reads
  • Pick up an “axe” of a book—maybe the rest of Flannery O’Connor’s short stories or another stab at The Mosquito Coast
  • Read another Japanese novel
  • Finish Andrew Yang’s Forward or Matt Sheehan’s The Transpacific Experiment
  • Watch more adaptations of books I’ve read

Even if I can’t get to all this, it is nice to write it out.

What about you, how’s your summer reading going?

11 responses to “Where’s My Summer?”

  1. I am reading The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James…started off patient, but now ready to read thru the end even tho I like it. I am wanting to get to my next read involving research and maybe related to the novel I am writing/planning ideas for 🙂 I am looking to read another Japanese novel too sometime! I hope you get to read more these months 🙂 🙂

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    1. There’s something so satisfying about a book you like which still requires some patience. 🙂 (*cough* Moby-Dick) Very exciting to be writing a novel… I hope it goes well and look forward to hearing more!

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  2. It is nice to write out your wishful thinking bc something may come of it after all.

    If I had a summer (like last summer — even in the midst of our punishment), I’d be sitting in my pool, on a floatie, soaking in sun while reading away.

    However, I don’t have a pool, and I’m not sleeping well, and I am just too busy w/ caring for my dad and looking for a house and so many other little things that I have a pile of books on my nightstand, and I’m hardly making a dent, too.

    But if I had that pool…I would have finished at least four. But I think I’m going to push myself to finish most by the end of summer because I am eager to begin new ones, like another Hemingway and a Twain or McCullough.

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    1. Insomnia is no fun, been dealing with some of that myself. 😦
      Which Twain do you have in mind? I just got a collection of The Prince and the Pauper, A Connecticut Yankee, and Joan of Arc. I want to re-read Joan and I should probably read P&P someday. I have his autobiography on my shelf as well… seems like it would be entertaining 🙂


      1. The Twain I have on my TBR for this year is Joan. But I also have P&P, which I read as a kid, but want to reread it someday.

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  3. I do hope you get back on track soon. I think many people are feeling “off” lately, myself included. I used to have about four weeks off in the summer to read but now I have only one so reading is rather spotty but still happening. I haven’t made much of a dent in my 20 Books of Summer challenge, perhaps only about 2-3. I’m actually looking forward to September, I’m sad to admit. Hoping things are looking better for us soon!

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    1. I’m looking forward to fall, too! Maybe my reading focus will kick back in with cooler weather…


  4. My summer has been life-changing on multiple fronts, between receiving a kidney transplant in mid-June and getting into an increasingly serious relationship with a woman who only enables my bookish tendencies. Sooo, I’d say pretty good. The recovery time gave me plenty of room to read, and I did make some progress on the ol’ TBR but not much — and the lady friend has not helped by giving me a bag of books to work through. Is summer different where you are now compared to where you were?

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    1. Aw, she sounds very supportive! 🙂 So many big changes for you – glad to hear mostly positive!

      Yeah, summer here is on average a good 15-20 degrees hotter than what I’m used to. Not fond of it, but thankfully the AC is working. Can’t wait for fall..


  5. I really like this idea of yours of “book-axes” after Kafka’s quote. I wish I could fit more of this type of books into my summer, too, but most require quite an investment, both in terms of time and intellectual. As usual, I am curious about any Japanese book you’d pick up!

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    1. Yes, an emotional investment as well! 🙂

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