When I was a kid, my local library did a summer reading challenge. You had to keep track of your books in a reading log, move your name tag across a giant game board with each book you read, and if you got to 25 books you’d win a T-Shirt. In middle school, I won the challenge two years in a row (I think my parents still have those T-shirts saved away somewhere), but more importantly I won a love of reading that has lasted until today.
Since middle school, summer for me has always been synonymous with summer reading. Even now when my summer schedule is really no different from that of the school year, I always seem to find more time for reading during the summer months. This year I read six books (almost finished with the seventh) which is a far cry from the 25 I used to read as a kid, but is still many more than what I’m able to manage during the rest of the year.
For me, reading always tends to revolve around a theme, and this year the topics have been: creativity and entrepreneurship. This makes sense, of course, since these topics have been on my mind a lot (especially with the DIY MFA re-branding and web design update that’s coming this fall).
When I was in middle school, I’d get into this mode where I’d have to read ALL the books from one author or series because I simply couldn’t get enough. These days, instead of author or series it’s all about the topic. When I get locked in on a subject or an idea, I have to read I have to read every different perspective on that same concept. Right now creativity and entrepreneurship are the flavor of choice so if you’ve read books on those topics I’d love to hear your recommendations.
After all, summer’s not quite over yet.
In case you’re curious, here’s my Summer Reading Log for 2012:
You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins
It Takes an Egg Timer by Joanne Tombrakos
The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice by Todd Henry
Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield
We Are Not Alone by Kristen Lamb
Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker J. Palmer
Unleashing the Ideavirus by Seth Godin (currently reading)
Of these books, I’d say The Accidental Creative was my favorite because of the straight-forward, actionable lessons I learned from it. I read it on my Kindle–which is my preferred format for breezing through a book– but now I think I might have to get a hard copy so that I can use it as a reference and look things up or review concepts as needed.