slow down

Slow Down and READ


One of the things I realized lately is just how much time and energy I’ve been putting into promoting my books. It’s been good and all, but so much of my time has gone into promoting, that I’ve lost touch with literature. And I miss it. I’m not even talking about writing it…I mean…I miss reading. So I’m going to do something radical. I’m going to slow down and read.


Let me repeat that.


This summer, I’m going to slow down and read. I’m going to kick back, unplug, put on a ridiculous hat and sit in my backyard and read.


This is where the idea came from:


This weekend, Kealoha and I took a walk with the kiddos to the park and it was so relaxing to be outside, to feel warm, to hear kids laughing and throwing fits. I barely checked my email or Facebook or Twitter all weekend. Maybe I lost some followers, but I found a little bit more of ME. And one of the things I’ve been missing is time to spend quietly with a book, outside, sitting on the deck. I used to read a book a week. It’s been two years since I’ve done that.


So what did I do? I immediately posted on Facebook and Twitter that I was looking for suggestions for my summer reading list. (And yes, I recognize the irony.) My goal is to read 14 books in the warm months…May through August. 7 classics and 7 new books.


Doesn’t that sound lovely?

Here are the suggestions I received. I’m keeping the names private because I don’t want to just post people’s info without permission. If you want to claim your suggestion, just leave a comment (of course, then you’ll have to do math).




“Closing of the American Mind” by Allan Bloom

“The Bookseller of Kabul” by Asne Seierstad

“Out of the Silent Planet”, “Perelandra”, and “That Hideous Strength” AKA “The Space Trilogy” by C.S. Lewis

“Bloodroot” by Amy Greene

“Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen

“The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Alias Grace” by Margaret Atwood

“My Antonia” by Willa Cather

"Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs" by Chuck Klosterman

"Love Is A Mixtape" by Rob Sheffield

Anything by Sarah Vowell, like "Radio On" or "Assassination Vacation"

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Neil Gaiman: Neverwhere; The Graveyard Book

Henry James: The American; Princess Cassimassima

“The Castle” by Franz Kafka

“Sarum: The Novel of England” by Edward Rutherfurd

Laural Hamilton's Merrideth Gentry series

“Watership Down” by Richard Adams

“BONK” by Mary Roach

“Sucker for a Hot Rod” by Joselyn Vaughn

“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

“Appointment in Samarra” by John O'hara.

“Punished” by Brynn Paulin

"Watch" series by Sergei Lukyanenko

“if on a winters night a traveler” by Italo Calvino

“The Haunting of Hillhouse” by Shirley Jackson

“We Need To Talk About Kevin” by Lionel Shriver

“Bridge of Sighs” by Richard Russo

Anything by Nick Hornby


(The last three are my suggestions. I claim them.)


Where to start? Where to start! This is by no means a complete list. I’ll be gathering suggestions for as long as people give them to me. Right now, I’m just excited about all the potential. In fact, I’m going to start this weekend, even though I have an audiobook to prep and classes to prepare for. I always find time to be online, so for a few months, instead of making the computer and promotion my top priority, I’m going to focus on characters and plots and beautiful words (that have nothing to do with me).

What’s on your list?