by Malena Lott
With just days left of the school year, I find myself getting giddy at the prospect of more time to read. My TBR pile is beginning to look like it belongs to a hoarder and no one can see the number of books I've bought on my Kindle app just waiting for a long, lazy stretch to escape.
While my kids turn their noses up at the summer reading programs hosted by the libraries, I've decided to create my own: one book a week, all summer long. I don't need an incentive like a free ice cream cone when I've read 5 or a cute pair of shoes when I hit 20, but why not? Science shows incentives works. What else works? Free books.
But I do have something for those young and young-at-heart readers, too. Treasure Quest: A Short Story by Cara Brookins is free in the Kindle store through Saturday, May 18th. It's currently #8 in children's action adventure. Cara is a talented author from Arkansas and I got to meet her in person at the Oklahoma Writer's Federation conference in Norman two weeks ago. Her Timeshifters series, beginning with MARK OF THE CENTIPEDE, is the most imaginative story I've read in a long time.
For we really avid readers we may always have more books than time to read them, but I say that cure is called Summer.
What's your own summer reading program? Have you set personal reading goals for yourself? Share your plan in comments along with your email address if you'd like an early review copy of FAMILY CHARMS or TWIN FALLS.
A few books on my own summer reading list:
Finishing the fabulous FAREWELL DOROTHY PARKER by Ellen Meister
THE GLASS WIVES by Amy Sue Nathan
RECIPE FOR A HAPPY LIFE by Brenda Janowitz
Happy summer reading, friends!