The Sunday Salon: Summer Reading and Reading Rituals

by Kim on June 6, 2010 · 38 comments

The Sunday Salon.com Over the last few weeks I got to work on a freelance story for our local newspaper about summer reading trends and approaches. I interviewed local librarians and other readers to try and write about why people choose the books they choose in the summer, and about the idea of taking on summer reading projects versus “beach reads.”

I’d love it if you went over and read the article and let me know what you think. There’s also a sidebar of suggested summer reads in a variety of categories that I think turned out well too. And there’s a story on e-readers (by another editor), that I think is good too.

The best part was that it gave me an excuse to interview Citizen Reader, a Madison-area non-fiction blogger that I’ve read and admired for a long time. We had this great 45-minute phone conversation just chatting about books and why nonfiction is awesome, and then a few e-mails back and forth with book recommendations and other notes. It was so much fun.

The beautiful illustration that ran with my story, by 77 Square Multimedia Designer Brandon Raygo.

The beautiful illustration that ran with my story, by 77 Square Multimedia Designer Brandon Raygo.

One of the librarians I spoke with, Liz Amundson, told me that she gets up at 5:50 every morning so that she has 1/2 hour to read before her 4-year-old wakes up. That really struck me because I’ve been having such a hard time finding the time to read since I started my job, and that’s such dedication to making time. I just haven’t adjusted my routine yet, and it’s annoying me.

I read an article about a month ago about developing a morning ritual — getting up a little earlier with a specific routine for the morning that helps get the day started productively and gives you a reason to be excited about getting out of bed. It suggests five steps for creating a morning ritual:

  1. Draft a short list of the things you do each morning and what you’d like to add.
  2. Figure out how much time it’ll realistically take to do everything on your list.
  3. Adjust your wake time to accommodate your new ritual.
  4. Go through your list each morning for at least 2 mornings before making adjustments.
  5. Once your adjustments are made, enjoy!

I really like the idea of a morning ritual. Right now I get up and spend like 30 minutes putzing around online, which doesn’t help me relax and feel energized about my day, it mostly makes me tired. I want to adjust my routine, take that time in the morning to settle in with a book and a cup of tea, and just relax… or something. I think that sounds divine, I just need to make it happen.

What are you plans for summer reading? Are you a beach reads, project reads, or other types of reads kind of person? Do you have any specific morning rituals? Where do you find your time to read in a busy schedule?

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