Summertime is upon us. For me, that means lots of things. Hot weather. Restless natives. Quick drives to Sonic for happy hour.
And book boyfriends.
I’m a constant reader. If my nose isn’t crammed into a book for at least an hour on a daily basis, I become a cranky, unpleasant individual. My need to read always grows in the summertime. I don’t know why. Maybe it stems from being a farmer’s daughter: in the summer, lots of time was spent in the cab of a grain truck, waiting and reading. Or sprawled out in the hay meadow, waiting to be picked up for the day, reading. Or, after a long hot day of work, sitting on the dock with my feet in the pond, reading.
I would devour books in the summertime. And I still do.
If the answer is ‘YES’, then lucky for you, we’re BFF’s. If the answer is ‘NO’, then sit your @$$ down and finish this post because you ain’t going NOWHERE until I’ve converted you. (‘Yes’-ers, hang tight. I’m putting on my Pretty Proselytizing Pants. This might take a minute.)
WHY YOU SHOULD BE DEVOURING BOOKS IN THE SUMMER TIME:
(1) Books are fat-free. You can toss ‘em back left and right and the only thing you’re going to gain is a whole lotta mental stimulation and relaxation from your break with reality. Your bikini bod won’t suffer a bit.
(2) Summertime TV sucks. Big Brother, anyone? *gag* Turn the boob-tube off and pick up a book. Your brain will thank you.
(3) Book boyfriends are HOT. How else could you, in one summer’s time, crush on a Boy Next Door With An Unexpected Tattoo In A Secret Place, a Secret Agent Who Writes Poetry In His Spare Time, and a Sexy Geek With The Body Of A Greek God without becoming the world’s most notorious flirt? This summer I fully intend to crush on a Gunslinger (a summertime tradition, one started in the aforementioned hay meadow), a Man-Wolf, and a Guy Who’s Name Is Actually A Number. And that’s just for starters.
And ya know what? I’m not ashamed.
(4) A total, reality-erasing getaway is just a couple pages away! We all need a vacation…and sometimes we need more vacation than our budgets can manage. Books fix that. Really, truly, they do.
I feel like I need to que some quiet music and tell everybody to bow their heads and say a Summer Book Reader Conversion Prayer, but maybe that’s taking things a bit too far…
Now that we’re all on the same page (SAY IT WITH ME: DEVOURING BOOKS IN THE SUMMER IS AWESOME AND SHOULD BE OBJECTIVE #1 ON ALL OF YOUR SUMMERTIME TO-DO LISTS), I’m about to make your day.
Hell, maybe even your year.
How does this sound:
50+ BOOKS. ALL PRICED AT 99¢ EACH. TODAY THROUGH THE 28th.
Holy freaking cow, right?? Take a little jaunt over to www.summerbookcrush.wordpress.com to see what it’s all about. Loads of genres, loads of books (and loads of possibilities for book boyfriends. FANGIRLS UNITE!)
(I’m really super proud of this little project – me and the fabulous Angela Orlowski-Peart – whose wolf-man I’m planning on crushing on this summer – had a BLAST putting it together.)
So why are you still here? Go there, right now. www.summerbookcrush.wordpress.com
Getchyerself some new books. Buy some for your friends. Buy some for your family. Make this the summer of love and buy some for your enemies! And read, good people. READ!