This Week, Let's Be Summer Bookworms!Maria A Hernandez

Reading is wonderful.

Authors create these amazing worlds for us to explore and characters to get to know. They describe what their story’s world looks like to us, but it’s really up to our imaginations to fill in the colors, textures, architecture and people that inhabit these stories. True, authors give us good guidance, but ultimately it’s the reader that experiences the world in which a story takes place.  The richer and more textured that the worlds of these stories are, the more we fall in love with them (I’m talking to you, Harry Potter).

You may, or may not, have realized this from previous articles, but I love to read. I know I mention Harry Potter a lot, because well, it’s my absolute favorite, but I do read other things. At the moment, I’m making my way through the Game of Thrones series. Currently, I’m on the second book, A Clash of Kings. Some of my other favorites are The Poisonwood Bible, The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, Maus, The Historian, The Help, Shopaholic Series and many, many more. I have a bit of a book hoarding problem.

There are a lot of people that don’t like to read. If you’re reading this, then I’m just going to go ahead and assume that you’re not one of them. Do you agree that they’re missing out? I wish I could make them like reading as much as I do because I want to discuss books!

Like, did you know that one of the most interesting things about Don Quixote is that it constantly plays with the concept of fantasy versus reality? Miguel de Cervantes even set up the main characters, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, as representations of an idealized world versus cold reality. It’s a constant, and very cleverly executed, theme throughout the novel, and I think it’s indescribably cool.

These are the nerdy things that I want to talk about.

Reading engages you in a way that a TV show or film never will. Which is why I propose, that this summer we all become bookworms! The World would be awesome because reading is simply amazing:

1. We can all read the classics that we were supposed to read in high school, but never did because…Spark Notes. (Yes, I admit it.)

2. Reading engages you unlike any other form of entertainment. You’ll be able to, in a way, live experiences that you might not normally have. We can all learn something through a character’s mistakes.

3. Learning a new vocabulary word never hurt anyone.

4. If you’re a writer, or maybe you want to be in an industry dedicated to telling stories, reading will help you. In a way, kind of, books were the first movies.

5. In general, it’s good to read because, one day, we’re all going to get a random interviewer that asks, “What’s your favorite book and why?”

I really hope that all of you are fellow bookworms with me this summer. Need some ideas for summer reading? HelloGiggles is on that: Summer Reading.

I want to hear about your favorite books and authors, comment below!

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  1. Somebody write an article called, I LOVE READING, but the army takes up all of my time so I cant get any reading done! Ugh I feel so much better now.

  2. Ususally I like the classics, but this summer, I’ve opted for “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe” and some awesome 1990s manga… does that count? Oh well. If anyone loves dogs and likes a good cry, READ “The Art of Racing in the Rain”!! The premise sounds a little cheesy, but it’s told beautifully and it’s a quick, weekend at the cottage read! http://www.garthstein.com/arr/

    • The Art of Racing in the Rain is amazing! I love the dog perspective and I’ll admit I did cry. A beautiful book from start to finish.

  3. Winter here, but still perfect book reading weather! Have just finished the Game of Thrones series, now am reading a book on the invasion of England by the Dutch but I have so many books in my Amazon Wish List…

  4. So far, I’ve read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and a bit of Sense and Sensibility. #lovebooks

  5. I have refund reading again after a painful break up of sorts… thank goodness for books!!!!

  6. I’ve been getting stuck into a lot of reading this summer! I generally like to read a fiction alongside a non-fiction or poetry or something, so right now I am reading Howard’s End by E.M. Forster because he’s amazing and lovely, and The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.

  7. I love to read. Hemingway is great summer reading, in my opinion. Any of Austen’s books. Really, I’ll just read anything, unless it’s a physics textbook.

  8. I had been in a bit of a rut trying to find a book that interested me but I just started Game of Thrones since I just finished watching season 2. So far so good.
    I tried to read one of the classics earlier this year “Jane Eyre” and I hated it. My best friend loved it, I gave it a fair chance to prove it’s wonders but after 15 chapters I deleted it from my kindle. After Game of Thrones I’ll need something else.

  9. I currently am reading “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini. It is quite excellent. It is a great glimpse into the culture of Afghanistan. Here is the link to the book site: http://www.khaledhosseini.com/hosseini-books-splendidsuns.html.

  10. On the contrary, I actually picked up the skills of reading critically and analytically in school – it helped to spend hours on the bus rides home reading and trying to dig into what Dickens and Fitzgerald were trying to tell me.

  11. PS…love your Mexico facts on your blog…I can’t imagine having a screwy keyboard…it would throw my writing completely off! Hang in there!

  12. Yay for a summer full of reading! “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain is my absolute favorite! The way she uses language makes you feel like your sitting right next to Hemingway the whole time you’re reading. It’s one of those books that not only has a great plot, but also just feels good to read because you get to escape to a different time and place. Thanks for the great article!

    Cheers!

  13. I love reading Sarah Dessen books during the summer! They are perfect light reading. I also want to re-read the Sloppy Firsts series, because I think they are relevant to every woman’s life at one point or another.