I remember those days, when you didn't need a flashlight to keep reading late at night (late for little kids that is). In fact, even though we had a bedtime, we didn't have a lights out in summer. We could read as long as we could keep our eyes open.
For me, that was past my parent's bedtime. For my sister... well she'd often fall asleep halfway up the stairs going to bed.
I still associate summertime with reading time, even though I'm usually busy editing my next book as well. Just like my school days, the period leading up to July first is crazy busy with work for the Arthur Ellis Awards and the Crime Writers of Canada AGM as well as my usual work, not to mention writing/editing/promoting my books. In July, the pace starts to slow. The kids are home. And I have a backlog of books in my TBR pile.
A few of the many stories I caught up with were by Kathleen Rice Adams, longtime (we won't ask how long) journalist turned author. The last year (more or less) has seen the publication of her first short stories in various western historical romance anthologies, and the release of her debut novel. Time getting away from me as it does, I've been catching up this summer. I've been delighted to find that Kathleen and I share a similar approach to romantic adventure, feeling that a healthy dose of humour is the best garnish.
Vacations are the best time for reading. The last vacation we took with my dad, I drove him and the kids from beach to beach in the Southwestern Ontario. Just before we left, I made a great discovery: Stephanie Plum. I managed to pick up most of the series, from One for the Money to Ten Big Ones at Value Village. I had a few gaps to fill in but it was the cheapest summer reading binge I ever went on. Every evening, after Dad and the kids were asleep, I sat up reading. I averaged a book and a half a day.
The Deadwood series, starting with Nearly Departed in Deadwood, mashes up two of my favourite genres, mystery and paranormal suspense. Add in a genuine western (albeit contemporary) setting, humour and romance and you have a series I couldn't resist trying out.
I love discovering new authors and series in the summer. Then I get to read a bunch of books at once and not have to wait until the next one comes out until much later.
It started with Because I'm the Vampire, That's Why and takes the broken hearts of Broken Heart on, one by one. Over all, we learn about the origin of the vampire families, the Consortium and the vampires who choose not to consort with the Consortium.
I mention these series because now that I have to wait for the next book, I save them up for summer (or Christmas holidays) when I can really savour them. It was the same when I was a kid. Throughout the school year, most of my reading was required for school. But come summertime, the reading was easy.
So, what did you read last summer?