I’m a dyed-in-the-wool, print on the fingertips, paper paper reader, but I’m glad I can refer you to today’s Strib online, because I particularly enjoyed “Sky’s the limit for reading outdoors.” I could be the woman in the picture except that I’m still coloring my hair and she has more coneflowers in her garden than I do. I love coneflowers. I love gardening, and I enjoy reading among the fruits of my labor. And this article might just inspire more than this particular post because I also enjoy the changing seasons. But as I said, fodder for another post.
Today this picture inspires me. In Minnesota, summer is our outdoor reading season. Some do it in the sun. I prefer doing it in the shade. We have a plethora of trees. Some do it by the water. Some doing it floating in the water. We have an abundance of serene lakes. We’re big gardeners. We get national awards for our attention to parks and protected land. The Parks and Rec Dept and its programs in my town are phenomenal. Lovely places to sit and read abound. We cherish our outdoor reading season. In the aforementioned article, Bill Ward talks about comfortable reading venues. What are your favorites?
Comfort is key. You want to be able to lose yourself. Even the names of our new readers—Kindle, Nook—suggest coziness. I’ve always been a little jealous of people who can read in the car. I can’t. I start feeling woozy almost immediately. How about you? I saw a show on one of the science channels recently about carsickness, and it made me sick just watching the experiments they were perpetrating on poor motion sickness sufferers like me. (Planes, trains and boats don’t bother me. Just cars.) Apparently has something to do with a disagreement between senses—your inner ear says you’re moving while your eyes tell you that inside the car you’re still, especially when you put your head down. So why is it that I can play co-pilot with a paper map, and I can write, but i can’t read a book? Must be my “Bleeped-up Brain.” (That’s an interesting show, too.)
So what’s a bookie to do on a road trip? We’re taking the grads to camp tomorrow, and that’s about 4 1/2 hours each way. Well, there are books on tape. They have their limitations. Sometimes the voice doesn’t work for me, but usually if I give it a few minutes, the voice disappears and the words come through.
How do you spend passenger time on a road trip? Do you listen to books on tape? Any recommendations?
So here’s my opportunity to mention that YOU NEVER CAN TELL is featured in the August Amazon Monthly Deal, e-book for $1.99, which is (says “Coupon Kathy”) an 80% discount. But I just noticed that you can listen to a scene from the Audible version for free. It’s a pretty sexy scene, too. A pillow-talk scene, which shows character and backstory and the relationship that’s developing between a contemporary Lakota warrior and the woman who wants to tell his story.
YOU NEVER CAN TELL is the sequel to THE LAST GOOD MAN. I’ll draw a name among the comments to this post and let the winner choose between the two for a download from Amazon
Janice Hougland was my winner last week.