Check out this post by Jaq D. Hawkins on the topic of summer reading via The Story Reading Ape Blog
You see the lists; Summer Reading, Books To Read On Vacation, What To Read At The Beach and other variations. I glanced at such a list recently and wondered, what qualifies a book to be on a summer reading list?
The one I looked at had a mixed bag from Classics to Science Fiction to non-fiction and modern top sellers. So what qualities link these diverse books and make them suitable for summer reading?
I noted on the particular list I perused that there were an inordinate number of non-fiction books about current events or recent history; topics of interest to stimulate the mind. I found several poetry books and among the fiction a few familiar Classics were interspersed among many more recent novels across a spectrum of genres.
The single common factor that applied to all of the books is that they were all short to medium length. No…
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