TSS: The Really Lazy Days of Summer

Sunday Salon

How is everyone this fine Sunday morning?  It is a merciful 71 degrees in NYC, and I have had (gasp!) my windows open for the first time in weeks.  It is so wonderful to have a week where the high temp is 80.  I am really, really grateful.

A couple of weeks ago I was complaining about it being the dog days of summer.  So since things have gotten even slower now than they were before, I am not sure what to call it.  I have read four books so far this month (Folly, Song Yet Sung, Procession of the Dead and Perfect Peace) and have spent the last week on the first third of my fifth, Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks.  I am thrilled with the quality of what I have been reading.

There is something to be said for me  in taking the time to carefully choose the next book I want to read, and reading according to whim.  I have enjoyed books so much more than reading something because, for whatever reason,  I felt like I needed to read it.  I will continue with Brooks today, but I just have a feeling that I won’t get very far.  If I read ten pages a day, that seems to be a huge accomplishment lately.  At this rate I should finish this book at the end of August.

My cousin has been staying with me for the past week, so that has contributed a lot to my reading decline.  She’s ten, so if we read for an hour,in her mind, we have read already for the day and it’s time to go and do something.  It has been a lot of fun to have her here with me for the week.  I think the highlight of the week may have been when we volunteered at the Farmer’s Market and she got to water tomatoes and wash mustard greens.  She also got a big kick out of My Friend Amy’s Amy interviewing me on That’s How I Blog! She keeps asking me if I am famous because I have an internet radio show, and then she googled me and saw lots of search results.  She wants me to name drop her.

Never a dull moment, and boy, I never realized that she talked so much.  Once a month she comes to have a sleepover with me, but I guess there is a big difference in 24 hours and 168 hours!  She talks no matter what I am doing and whether it requires my concentration or not. It has been quite an experience.

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Is this what it’s like to have children? If it is I think I am already tired on behalf of children I haven’t had yet. 🙂

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  1. I hear you! I just spent a week with my 13 year old niece (all adults are UN cool) and my four year old niece (not sure what’s worse, the non stop questions or all the whining!) I love them both dearly but I was worn out at the end of the week!!

    Can’t wait to see what you thought of Year of Wonders, it is in one of my TBR piles and I’d like to get to it. I really liked her People of the Book.

    1. Geraldine Brooks can’t do much wrong. I finished Year of Wonders last night and I really liked it. It turned out to be pretty surprising. I am still thinking about it.

  2. You’ve had quite an adventurous time and it’s good to have family around, chatty Kathy or not, right?! 🙂

    I’m interested to hear your thoughts on Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks — I just finished People of the Book and reviewed it as well, and loved it! Will be following your blog now! 🙂

  3. Well, as I said in my post, my butt is moving so slow. I think the summer is just getting to me. Oh, to have my window open! My kids are 10 and 12, and they have not been in any camps this summer. They’ve been with me 24/7 for three months, and they want to be entertained. So yes, my days are not my own. They do sleep in though, so my best time is in the mornings. THat is all changing next week. Yippee!

  4. I just finished my *first* book of August! Alas. I know about slow reading. I’ve started accumulating Geraldine Brooks books, but I haven’t read one yet. Maybe next year?

  5. That’s exactly what it’s like if you have children, but you do learn to zone them out!! Tell your cousin that you are indeed famous!! It hasn’t been cool enough here to have the windows open for months!!

  6. Have read a few Brook’s books, all great, have yet to read Year of Wonders, it is in my TBR pile. Maybe I should move it to the top!

  7. I love it when I can throw the windows open and let in the fresh air. I am glad you are enjoying cooler weather and good reading. It sounds like you’re having a great time with your cousin. 🙂 My reading mood right now has strayed from “what is good for me” into what I am craving and that means urban fantasy. I am loving every minute of it! I do need to get back to the review books soon. Just not quite yet . . . Have a great week, Nicole!

  8. Kathy is right, you *do* learn to zone out the kids, to an extent. I have two boys, 10 and 8, and the younger one talks A LOT. One of my older son’s friends actually asked last week, “Is there a Pause button on him?” We’ve said for a few years now, regarding bedtime, Ryan falls asleep so quickly once you *finally* get him to stop talking!

    Hope I get the time to listen to that interview soon, it sounds great! Happy reading — as much as you can manage, anyway 😉 — and have a good week.

  9. I have two chatty boys, ages 9 and almost 6, so I completely understand what you are talking about. We have quiet time for an hour after lunch where the boys play in their room, and I get to put up my feet and rest. Some days it’s reading times, others it’s time for me to watch Doctor Who on Netflix. 🙂

    I have become very good at reading with cartoons and the wii in the background though.

    We’re having very hot weather this weekend (about 100 degrees) so I am envying your cool weather there. Not to mention the fact that you are in NYC which I loved visiting!

  10. My reading always takes a nosedive in the summer, too. I feel guilty about it, but it’s a shame not to take advantage of the nice weather to get outside (and do all the yard work). Looking forward to meeting you when we sit on the book bloggers’ panel at the Baltimore Book Festival.

  11. I know what you mean about following your reading whims. I made very concrete summer reading plans and I find myself wanting to throw them out the window and just read whatever. I know I’d have more fun id I did.

    PS: I’m also currently reading Year of Wonders! And really loving it so far.

  12. LOL, that is exactly what it is like to have children at time! I used to have to take very long baths in order to have reading time when my son was little. Now he’s happy enough to ignore me when I am reading and yet I read even less now…go figure! I’m glad you guys are finally getting a relief from the heat. We’ve had highs in the upper 70’s here in the San Francisco Bay Area which is a bit cooler than normal. I’m not complaining!

  13. I don’t think I ever officially declared that I would be reading deliberately this year, but that is what I’ve been doing and I have read (and enjoyed) so many great books this year. I feel blessed. For me, quality reading grounds me. I’m much more patient with the world around me when I’ve had quality reading time.

  14. Four books, and they all look like not just quality, but quantity, in terms of number of pages too. So don’t shortchange yourself. As for the Brooks book, I’m taking part in a readalong starting at the end of the month that will end in October, so it’s all right, if you don’t finish it until the end of August. You’ll be well ahead of me. 🙂

  15. My stepdaughter is ten, so I know exactly what the past week has been like for you! They always want to be up doing something–Ally and I will curl up in bed to read together quite often, but ten minutes later she’s ready to move onto something else! My reading and blogging definitely declines during the time she is with us.

  16. I love all my cousins, but having the little ones come to stay would wear me out pretty quick. On the other hand, some adults are chatty all the time too, so I guess it’s just visitors that wear me out. :p

  17. Sounds like you had a wonderful week with your cousin. Ten year olds have such a fun and innocent view of the world and if she’s like my neice was at that age, has zero filter and will say exactly what she thinks. Also, can I say I never thought that the mid-80’s would feel like the Antarctic. If only we could get that to be the standard for the rest of the summer!