Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Best Books of Summer 2015- Part I
The approaching end of summer and the list of stories I was compiling of the books we loved to read this summer of 2015 made me think of several things. First it brought back all those memories of those past summer best sellers. Perhaps you might even remember them. Those stories that we (of a certain generation) gobbled up with a ferocity now saved for certain cable and internet shows. We read them, discussed them and then read them again. All against the backdrop of the laid back and at the time endless atmosphere of summer – vacations, to die for romances, and a autumnal seriousness that we pushed as far away as we could manage.
Now I look at the New York Times Best Seller List and notice that seasons don’t make the impact they once did. And I think, perhaps its due to a revision in peoples reading habits. We read on the go now. I do it too. My Kindle’s has made that much easier (I’m on my second one at that). But I can also read on my iPhone or computer. Doesn’t matter. I still do have my hardcopies, shelves of them. ( I will never give those up. That’s along the lines of dying with your boots on or bookmark behind your ear…or something.) And I will continue to haunt bookstores because I love them and that’s an addiction of mine. Don’t judge. But ebooks have changed my reading habits, made it easier for me (enlarged fonts sigh) in so many ways as I suspect they have for others.
I especially love that I can carry hundreds of books in a itty bitty device in my purse and reading whatever whenever. *blinks innocently* That’s amazing, wonderful and just darn light…as in weight. No, I don’t miss those heavy tote bags of books to the beach let me tell you.
So I asked this of my reviewers:
Is there such a thing as a summer book anymore? It used to be the big book everyone lugged to the beach to read, like Stephen King’s It ,Alex Haley’s Roots or Frank Herbert’s Dune. Or maybe just a ton of books you had been wanting to read and now had a chance to over “the vacation”. Does the summer book exist anymore?
Here are some of their answers.
From Barb the Zany Old Lady:
“I don’t think of books as “summer reads” anymore because, when I pick up my e-reader and get into a good story, I go on vacation in my mind. In other words, I don’t physically have to go away somewhere to enjoy a good book. Just picking the right story and having the ease of an e-reader allows me to escape to my own version of “Fantasyland.”
“For me, I think the summer fad of books has definitely faded. Since e-books are so easy to bring around, I never see myself waiting to read a certain book, or carrying any books around. I think it also might be a generation thing as well. I haven’t stepped foot in a library since I was in elementary school, and I know some of my older friends still check out library books. The only books I purchased from stores are cookbooks, and sometimes I order them online.”
For me? I have to agree with them. I look for favored books to release all year long, not just at certain times, like the summer or Christmas. My reading habits have changed and not just because of the blog. There are other considerations as well. So for me, my summer reading blockbusters are wonderful memories of all genres. Now I just don’t have to shake the sand out of the tote bag or off the books after I get home!
How do you feel about it? Email us and let us know. Your replies will appear in Part II of our Best of 2015!
Now on to some of Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words favorite Summer of 2015 Books!
who says “surprisingly 4 new authors to me as well as a favorite and someone who I’m liking only their contemporary novels.”
Definitely Maybe Yours, by Lissa Reed
Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Dangerous Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk
Out of the Blue by R.J. Jones
Red Dirt Heart 4, by N.R. Walker
Trust the Focus, by Megan Erickson
Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan
From Barb the Zany Old Lady:
Lead Me Not by Ann Gallagher
How to Howl at the Moon by Eli Easton – audiobook
Brute by Kim Fielding