Summertime… where the reading is easy

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Nothing is better than some good old fashioned summer reading!

The long, lazy days spending time in a lounge chair or hammock with a book in hand is truly what captures the spirit of the season in my opinion.

I enjoy reading all year long, but there is something so special about summer reading.

Want to make the most of your summer reading? Making a plan for intentional summer reading with these tips will help you fit in all those great books you have been looking forward to reading!

As a kid, I killed the summer reading challenges the local library hosted every summer. As if I needed more of an incentive to spend the day reading, the prize of a free book was too much for me to pass up! 🙂

As a teenager and college student, my summers became a little more busy with working, activities and having fun with friends, but I made a point to set aside time to read during those busy summer days.

As a teacher, summertime became my time to read books that were on my own reading level. Not that there was anything wrong with the standard fourth-grade classics but it was nice to read something with a little bit more of an exciting plot that involved characters my own age. 😉

And now that I’m a mother I am adamant about setting aside time for myself to read all year long, but I’m even more adamant about setting time aside THIS summer to dig into the humongous pile of books I have been waiting to read.

The to-read list will always be ridiculously long as I keep discovering new books to read, there will never be a time where I have managed to read everything I want. That’s a good thing though because the thought of running out of good, quality books sounds like my worst nightmare!

Even though I will always have more books to read than time to actually read them all, I don’t let that hold me back.

I read when I can find the time and I make it a priority in my day.

With summer now upon us, it’s time to pull out those books and get to reading but to be really intentional with our time, we have to do a little planning.

I know, I know… it feels like it could take away the spontaneity and magic of easy summer reading.

But just like all areas of our lives, if we don’t make a plan to be intentional there is a good chance you could be wondering what happened to all of your summer reading plans at the end of the summer.

Want to make the most of your summer reading? Making a plan for intentional summer reading with these tips will help you fit in all those great books you have been looking forward to reading!

Making a plan for intentional summer reading really isn’t all the intensive but it is giving you some room to think about what you would like for your reading goals to be.

Are there certain books you want to read/have to read?

What does your free time look like?

How will you get the rest of your family reading too?

Where will you read?

So how do you make the most of your summertime reading?

Here are some tips to consider when making your intentional summer reading plan.

Make it a priority & Schedule it in

If you want to read a stack of books only you can make it happen.

Just like with any other activities you have planned for the summer if you want to make it happen you have to treat it like a priority.

One way I do this is every day I set aside time to read and I protect that reading time like it’s sacred. Making it a priority brings me to my next point…

Making it a priority brings me to my next point…

Schedule it in

While summer days can appear to be flexible and relaxing if you have kids who are involved in activities you already know that some of your days are already booked.

Scheduling in reading time each day is one way to guard that time you have deemed as a priority.

Some practical ways to schedule it in could be reading aloud during lunch with your kids, set aside quiet time where other electronic devices are off limits (unless you are reading on your Kindle!) or just simply always having a book with you to read when you get a few minutes.

Get the whole family on board

Want to encourage your kids to read too?

Model it!

Show your kids what you are reading and why you are excited about it.

Visit the library or bookstore together and pick out a few books you could all read together, either as a read aloud or, if your kids are older, as a book club book.

If your library has a summer reading challenge, enroll them and even make a special family reading challenge to motivate everyone to read more.

Last summer my kids were so excited to get their free book!

Create a dream reading list

I keep an ongoing reading list. Every time I come across a new book I want to read, I add it to my Goodreads list.

My library’s web page also has a great feature where I can add books to my “For Later” shelf if they carry it.

Currently, I have over 150 books on both lists, that’s a lot of books! More than I could realistically read this summer, so I scan the book titles and…

Widdle that into a realistic reading list

Obviously, it’s not realistic to read a ton of books in my current season but I do set my goal high.

I already have several books already outlined to read this year but there is plenty of room to add more titles. I also tend to read more fiction in the summer.

For me, my summer reading goal is 6 non-fiction and 4 fiction. Hopefully, I will read more but this is a good base to start from.

Take a few minutes and set your own summer reading goal too.

Summer time... where the reading is easy: 6 tips for intentional reading this summer for the entire family!

Create a reading space

If you don’t already have a designated reading nook, space or chair in your home, perhaps creating one can be a summer project.

We recently purchased a new living room set and the couch has a chase lounge which now serves as my reading corner. My book basket is nearby, so whenever I have a spare minute I grab a book and sit in that chair.

We also have an outdoor lounge chair on our patio that is perfectly covered in shade in the hot summer afternoons. Many weekends I find myself sprawled out on there with my book, hat, and iced coffee (my cool beverage of choice).

Neither one of these are an elaborate space and we didn’t even set them up specifically to be a reading nook, they are just comfortable places to lounge.

Find a place that is cozy, comfortable and enjoyable to spend some time sitting in and reading. Set it up to make it optimal for reading.

Do you have a basket for books? A lamp for better lighting?

And finally…

Just read

Sounds simple enough but we can get so caught up in the little details or other fun activities of summer that we forget to just slow down and read.

Keep a book, or two, handy and just read.

I always keep my Kindle app loaded with books on my phone so whenever I’m caught waiting anywhere I can pull it out.

Make it a habit to not leave home this summer without a book, either hardback or electronic.

Want to make the most of your summer reading? Making a plan for intentional summer reading with these tips will help you fit in all those great books you have been looking forward to reading!

Who else is looking forward to a bit of summer reading too? Share what your summer reading goals are in the comments below.

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4 Comments

  1. I love to read 🙂 I fit it in when I can I definitely have not read as much this year as I did last year…probably because I do daycare out of my home now just not as much time!

    1. Oh yes, you are certainly busy! With three little ones, some days I think my home is a daycare! Ha 🙂

  2. Charlene Maugeri says:

    Oh I jus tlove reading in the summer. My favorite place to read is by our neighborhood pool. Also, I bought a chair hammack in Nicaragua when Iw as there for a mission trip a while ago. But it’s been chilling in my parents’ basement ever since because when I was in college I had nowhere to hang it. But now I do have a perfect place and I keep meaning to get it backf rom them. It would be the perfect reading spot!

    1. I love hammacks too, they are great reading spots. I miss my days at the pool, with three little ones now I can’t really read while I’m there but maybe I should plan a solo trip without the kids one day this summer 😉

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