A Summer Reading Friday Five…

Over at Revgals Songbird has posted this:

1) Do you think of summer as a particularly good season for reading? Why or why not? Oh, yes! I switch gears in the summer and move from reading church related books to fiction and poetry. During the year I read a lot of books on leadership, group dynamics, visioning, etc. etc. etc….

But during the summer I have a list of authors I want to read and I scoop up their books and read to my hearts content. I’m not a fast reader and I don’t have a lot of time to read, so maybe two books a week.

This year however I am only 4 months into a new call at a bigger busier church. My learning curve is a little steep and the my energy is running to the low side. Thus far I’ve only read two books. I do have vacation time coming up in August, that might help.

2) Have you ever fallen asleep reading on the beach? No, I don’t go to the beach very often these days. For about 7 years I lived near a one of the BIG lakes and walk there, but I had little kids to watch over. Then for another 7 years I lived about an hour away from the Big Lake and never made it in to the beach. Now I live in the desert…no big lakes here. I do, however have a swimming pool. And I love to read outside by the pool, especially the NY Times on Sunday afternoon. Here it is simply too hot to fall asleep in the sun.

There are many occasions when I have fallen asleep while reading. Usually during sermon prep….

3) Can you recall a favorite childhood book read in the summertime?I read so much as a child, non-stop. Mostly biographies. I also read all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, and all of the Nancy Drew books….I’m sure I read those in the summer.

4) Do you have a favorite genre for light or relaxing reading? Fiction. I’m not fond of violence in any capacity, so none of that…which can eliminate mysteries (Except for Elizabeth George). I tend to get stuck on an author and read all of his or her stuff. One year I read a lot of Susan Howatch…last year I read a lot by two authors….but their names escape me…

5) What is the next book on your reading list? I am currently reading “Three Cups of Tea” (what a good story). Next, “Water for Elephants.”


About Terri C Pilarski

I am an Episcopal priest serving a delightfully progressive, interesting, creative congregation. I have been married more than half my life to the same man. We have two grown children, plus two dogs and two cats, although the number of four legged household members changes from time to time. I love to garden, knit, read, and play on Facebook or with my blog. I have been a practitioner of daily meditation since I was nineteen. I practice yoga five days a week and walk every where I am able too.
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16 Responses to A Summer Reading Friday Five…

  1. Joan Calvin says:

    Three cups of Tea was wonderful!

  2. Mrs. M says:

    YESYESYES to the poetry and fiction. I could read Whitman outdoors forever.I read a few of Susan Howatch, and had such mixed feelings. I loved it, and I cringed.

  3. you and that pool… sounds like a good thing for you. hope you’re having a great time with the kids this week… and an amazing time at the canyon!

  4. QuakerPastor says:

    I LOVED “Three Cups of Tea” and “Water for Elephants”. You’re in for some good reads! Nice play–QP

  5. Songbird says:

    Heehee on the sermon prep naps!

  6. Ann says:

    Susan Howatch really nailed the underside of church. Let us know about Water for Elephants – I am tempted by it. I do the same thing with authors I like – read all of John O’Hara in a few weeks. Now am waiting for the next book by the author of Kite Runner and 1000 Splendid Suns.

  7. Jan says:

    So glad those books–I need to read these.

  8. Barbara B. says:

    Might I just say: Nancy Drew ROCKS! 🙂

  9. Diane says:

    Three Cups of Tea… oh that reminds me, I’m almost done with that. I like Tony Hillerman’s mysteries, but I have been known to have bad dreams after reading them, too.

  10. LutheranChik says:

    Greg Mortensen is a hero of mine…I wove his story into my sermon last Sunday.

  11. I haven’t read a really engaging book in so long. I need to find a couple of reading days, I think.

  12. I’m going to cut a paste a lot of these authors into my master list of books to look for. My partner keeps saying “What’s in these bags?” Uh books I haven’t read yet-except, I buy faster than I read and I read fast.Thanks for the recommendations!

  13. hip2B says:

    Water for Elephants is on my list too. Maybe on audiobook?

  14. Kievas says:

    Two books a week is great–I wish I could manage that!

  15. Rev SS says:

    I’ve started both Three Cups & Water … and love what I’ve ead so far …looking forward to getting back to them … like kievas I wish I could manage two books a week.

  16. Rev SS says:

    oops … love what I’ve read so far ..

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