Monday, June 02, 2008

Summer Reading

I love reading at the beach. I absolutely love it.

When I was in high school, one of the most important things to me in the summertime was to darken my skin. I loved worshiping the sun. Well, not worshipping like one worships a deity, but the good sort of worshipping – the kind that deepens the tan and gives one sarcoma or melanoma.

But in high school, I was poolside.

One thing that is important when tanning is not getting freakin' bored. To combat boredom during the baking phase of my summers, I would read. But what to read?

1. Romance Novels: Romance novels are sorta mindless. I have read them, and, yes, I enjoyed them initially. But that was a long time ago. You know, before real sex.

2. Scientific Journals: Okay, how did that get in the blog entry.

3. Geek Books: I am not talking about the latest Star Wars novel. Okay, perhaps that, too, but I am talking about books on unexplained phenomena (Lock Ness, Stonehenge, whatever).

4. Book Covers that Would Embarrass: There are certain books that have book jackets that would embarrass. For instance, bOObs: A Guide to Your Girls or Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science. It is not the stuff inside the book that is embarrassing; just the jacket.

5. Any Book by Suze Orman: What can I say? Suze Orman just sucks.

I prefer books that have small titles. I don't like guys trying to strike up a conversation on some book I am readying while baking. I just want to catch some rays.


Joe said...

I get incredibly bored at the beach, so books are always good to have. For some reason, though, I never had to worry about being chatted up.


Now I'm depressed.

Tim said...

I was amazed when we moved to the states how much Americans are drawn to sun worshipping. In Ireland, it's never out long enough to say a prayer let alone worship it.
We do go to the beach alot since my wife loves the sun and I love the ocean. It's amazing how many shades of red there are.
I also like easy reads at the beach so I stick with mysteries.

Ian Lidster said...

I read avidly, but I can never read in the sunshine. My assorted wives could, but not I. I think it's a female thing. Can't read on airplanes either, and wish I could to pass the time.

Leesa said...

joe: are you chatted down?

tim: in GA, most of us are not snow bunnies. Wonder why?

ian: I can read in planes, too. Unless the guy next to me is 350 pounds. Then I pretend to read, but I just don't have the room.