Personally, I’ve always seen winter as the perfect bookworm season: you’re ‘forced’ to stay inside because of the weather, and no one judges you for spending your days curled up under a blanket with a good book and a nice cup of tea (not that I ever personally drink tea, but a cold can of Coke didn’t really work with that image!).
However, we’re now getting towards that time of year when the sun is blazing and the days are long and warm, and unfortunately for us bookworms, everyone starts being all like ‘hey, maybe you should go outside and enjoy the weather!’ So how do you adapt your bookworm ways for summer?
Well here’s a few of my summery bookworm suggestions for surviving the season!
- Take your current read outside.
So this is probably the obvious one: set up your deck chair or spread out that picnic blanket and take your current read outside! Whether you just sit out in the garden or head down to your local park, a change of reading scenery can be nice.
Just don’t forget your sunscreen! No one wants to be a burnt bookworm.
- Take a book on holiday.
Holidays are meant to be nice and relaxing, so what better way to spend it than with your nose in a good book? Whether you’re chilling in a sun lounger by the pool, stretched out on a sandy beach or sitting outside your caravan, holiday reading is the perfect summer activity. I even know a few people who only read when they’re on holiday!
- Listen to audiobooks whilst doing ‘summery things’.
Thanks to the wonderful world of audiobooks, us bookworms can now do ordinary ‘summer’ activities like walking along the beach and eating ice cream, whilst still getting some quality time with our precious books. You can just plug in your earphones and enjoy the sunshine to the sounds of your favourite book!
- Read something summery.
Whilst dark crime thrillers and disturbing dystopians are nice to curl up with in the gloom of winter, I think it can be good in summer to read something a bit brighter, to get you in that summery mood. Whether it’s a fun contemporary, light-hearted romance or cute coming-of-age story, I often find myself ticking off more of the lighter books on my TBR list in summer.
- Visit some outdoor bookish spots.
If you must go outside, why not have a ramble around some bookish-themed spots? For example I’ve visited Haworth and the surrounding moors which was once the stomping ground of the Brontë sisters, the Lake District which was a common haunt for many of the Romantic poets, and Whitby, the infamous inspiration and setting of Bram Stoker’s Dracula (not that there’s anything summery about vampires…Whitby on the other hand is a lovely seaside town, perfect for summertime visits!).
- Do some outdoor book photography.
As bookworms and bookbloggers, it’s common practice to find us inside, standing on a chair clutching a camera, trying to get the perfect shot of an elaborately styled stack of books…so why not take advantage of the nice weather and go do that outside?
Sure, your neighbours may be giving you funny looks over the fence, but think of the well-lit, outdoorsy photos you could get!
- Ignore the glorious sunshine and stay inside!
Or alternatively you could just ignore all those ‘you should get out in the sunshine’ people, and stay inside with your book…it’s cooler, after all!
So what do you think is the best season for bookworms, and how do you personally adjust your habits for the time of year? Any other tips for being a bookworm in summer?