beachbooks.jpgSummer is finally here, after a dank and cold late spring here has finally switched into the full, humid boil of summertime.  We’ve reached the hot, sticky weather that cries out for another glass of lemonade and a good book, preferably somewhere near an air conditioner vent.  Or an iced coffee out back on the patio in the early morning when I can hear the birdies calling out their daybreak hellos, and a few stolen moments with my journal before The Peanut wakes up at a gallop to start her day, and if I’m lucky a chapter or two of something really good that I’ll have trouble putting down until the next stolen hour of reading.

But I realized this morning that I have been digging through a lot of political books lately, and not much else.   Not that I’m not enjoying them — I am, always do — but there is something about getting lost in great fiction that is such a wonderful escape.

It used to be that I had two or three good fiction books going at once.  I’ve always been one of those people who couldn’t be content to keep her nose in just one storyline — I had to work my way through a mystery and some good science fiction, or perhaps a novilized travel journal and some great fantasy on the side.  But lately, it is all I have been able to do to keep up with the swirling currents of news that keep buffeting the Beltway and beyond.

And, since the last Harry Potter book won’t be hitting my doorstep for another month (yes, I do love the stories, the fact that they are getting so many kids interested in reading again, and am on pins and needles to see if Harry survives, why do you ask?), I thought I’d take a few reading list suggestions from the floor this morning.  What is in your beach tote as your vacation read this summer?  What book have you picked up lately that you just cannot put down?  What characters are haunting you, long after you’ve turned the last page?

It can be a new book, or one that has been around forever.  I’m sure some of you are looking for that next great read as well, so let’s swap some titles and authors this morning.  Funny, mysterious, magical — whatever you love to read, there is bound to be someone else here who loves it as well.  I’d just love a new book or two for some summer escape of my own.  Coffee is on, so pull up a chair…

(Photo of a great beach read via BrotherGrimm.)