Ah, summer. The only time where copious amounts of sunscreen is acceptable, drinking beer during the day is encouraged, and generally acting like a sun-seeking bum is elevated to a king-like status. There is nothing better than sitting on the porch at the end of a blue-sky day, eating a burger (or veggie burger, if that’s your thing), and wondering how so little could have happened in 24 hours. Alas, I am not writing this from the beautiful porch setting, as I am currently trapped in the confines of the suburban work life and procrastinating by writing this blog (in real life, I’m labeling pamphlets) and my days have been filled with labor instead of sunscreen. Summer has come in brief but wonderful moments throughout these four long months, and while adult life feels closer than ever, it has been magnificently rejuvenating. (This, I believe, is due to the massive amount of yoga and books I’ve consumed. They’re a natural cure for anything.)
But, in between working at the University of Delaware, LOFT, and the Delaware Arts Alliance, I managed to leave town and head to the magical place called the Adirondacks. For those of you who don’t know, the Adirondacks is a huge piece of land in Upstate New York with very little cell service and lots of wildlife. My family, for the past 16 years, has vacationed at a small camp called Hemlock Hall on Blue Mountain Lake. It is far and away the most amazing place in the entire world (I may be a bit biased), and the views never cease to stun. Each year, we pack the car full of food and booze on Saturday morning and begin our journey into the land of the wild. For a week, we are immersed in bacon, bacon grease, bread, lake water, and sunshine, and it’s the best kind of R&R a person could ask for.
In a nutshell, that has been my summer - working, waiting to go on vacation, and working some more. But, since I have finished 39 books in the past three months, I figure I’ll leave you with some book recommendations. Here are my top three of the summer:
1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (You’ve probably heard all about this book. It is AMAZING. So much better than any teen novel you’ve ever read, and the most precious love story.)
2. The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman (I cried. A lot. It’s about a couple who find a baby and decide to keep it, and the gut-wrenching consequences of their decision. Not really an easy, breezy beach read, but worth it still.)
3. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (a wonderfully fantastical book about wonderfully fantastical creatures. Plus it has a beautiful cover.)
Lots of HITTA love,