summer reading.


(not me, just someone who also loves summer reading, but probably does not nod off like i do)

“here is this delicious book and the whole day, both yours.”

the true pleasure or summer reading lies not so much in the novel itself, the writer hildegarde hawthorne explained in 1907, but the choice to devote oneself to it. summer reading as we now know it emerged in the u.s. in the. mid-1800s, buoyed by an emerging middle class and the birth of another cultural tradition: the summer vacation.


Art credit: Couch on the Porch, Cos Cob, Frederick Childe Hassam, 1914

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  1. THIS is the kind of postcards I buy everywhere and which I like sending as well as getting myself! I admit to reading A LOT – sadly not stretched out on a chaiselongue but anywhere else!

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  2. One of my greatest pleasures was to find a quiet spot away from everyone else where I could curl up and immerse myself in another world, another culture, another book. Greatest pleasure ever!

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  3. As someone who has trouble falling asleep, this is my go-to move most evenings. I usually read until my eyes get heavy. The danger is I get so into a book that I don’t want to put it down.😊

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  4. Love the painting. And can’t help noticing that’s not an e-book. For me, part of the experience is holding a real book, turning paper pages, etc. I always gave the grandkids real, beautiful books when they were young, hoping they’d learn to appreciate them before the flood of electronic everything.

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