Lets Talk with Cheryl Hollon

Summertime, and the reading is easy!

by Cheryl Hollon


I always read more in the summer than in the winter down here in Florida. This is because I’m spending more time indoors in lovely air-conditioned comfort. The reason? It’s HOT here. It’s too hot to walk downtown in the noon-day sun. In fact, we call it the 90/90 season. That’s a temperature above 90 degrees and more than 90 percent humidity. I do spend a bit of time around the pool – after all my writing is done, of course.

Some of that is habit. As a schoolgirl I always enrolled in the library’s summer reading program. My dad encouraged each of us four siblings to read widely. Not just adventure tales, but also non-fiction books in astronomy, wood-working, photography, gardening, and anything else that caught our fancy.

Summer is also my chance to tackle that TBR (To Be Read) pile of books that threatens to topple over and send me or my husband scrambling to gather up his, mine, and our next-to-read books. Summer is my chance to catch up.

On vacation, I only take about two paperbacks, but I load my Kindle up with more than 50 books. I’m getting fussier about the type of books I’m willing to spend time with. These days. I’ve been known to read the first few pages and abandon it for the next in line. I know I’m not the only one.

I’ve also started reading series books out of sequence. Right! OUT OF SEQUENCE! I’ve discovered if I like the current one, I’m happy to get the rest of the series. If it’s well-written, then I’m in good hands.

How many books do you plan to read this summer?

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