“The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” ~ Mark Twain
I acknowledge the official start of each season. Considering they have such a short life, seasons deserve each day that falls on their shift of the very difficult task of being beautiful. Today marks the first day of summer and if it’s any indication of what it holds, New Jersey is in for a hot one.
The summer heat slows the pace of everything, except the rate of growth of my lawn and garden, the amount due on our electric bill, and the mass production of saber toothed green heads (aka horse flies) and mosquitoes (aka NJ state bird). It’s not that we have less to do but that we are less inclined to do it. So we find ourselves with more time to do things that require the least amount of energy: going to the beach, sitting on a shaded porch sipping martinis — I mean iced tea — and reading, to name a few.
Today, after returning from the beach, while I was sitting on my shaded porch enjoying a cold beverage and reading, I had a light bulb moment. Since Scout is still working on his primary reader of “Fun With Dick and Jane” and has no desire for literary discussions, I thought we could form a Fairfield House Book Club!
Books have always been important to me. They are links of human experiences shared between strangers that bond us through the story and make us kindred. Many of you have written saying you love to read but never make the time to do it. Perhaps this is the motivation or permission you need to open a book and rediscover the wonderful world of the printed word.
Here’s how it works: we will commit to reading one book that I will choose from suggestions left in comments. Hopefully, we can read one per month. At the end of the month we will discuss the book online. If you are interested in participating leave a comment. If you have any books to suggest, include that as well.
I will have a give-away next week open to those joining in for the book decided upon. Are you with me?