The Secret To Finding The Perfect Summer Books
by Michelle Dim-St. Pierre
The perfect summer day often begins with just a little planning.
A simple place to relax. A simple meal to keep you energized. A simple drink to keep you refreshed.
And of course the perfect book to keep you entertained and amused.
Books are a unique and personalized investment of time. What is right for your sister, your best friend, or even you spouse may not be the right choice for you. Yet going to your local bookstore (whether online or in your favorite shopping mall) and searching through the bestseller list may not lead to the right book. What other choices do you have?
Ask for suggestions. Everyone has a favorite book; just ask. You can talk with your local librarian, or visit the reference desk at your local bookstore. Talk with friends and ask your friends online. While you don’t have to invest the time in every recommendation made, you’ll soon have a list that will keep you reading all year through.
Track the lists. You can find book lists just about everywhere you go. While the usual places are a good place to start – the New York Times bestseller list can give you what’s popular – look to the unusual as well. How about Oprah’s summer reading list? Or even go further outside of the box using this interesting and helpful tool that I came across while searching for my own book to read over the summer.
Follow an author. Many authors today write more than one book in a sequence. If you enjoy one, pick up the others too. You can also read more based on your favorite author’s blog posts and recommendation lists. Many will share their book choices and tell you what they are reading as well.
Watch for award lists. Prizewinning authors have been recognized for their talents, and are often the perfect reading choices for a lazy day. Look for Newbery Awards, National Book Awards, Caldecott Awards, and other lists to help you make great selections.
Don’t settle for one or two; have several to choose from. Then pull up a lawn chair, pour yourself a glass of lemonade, and start reading!
Happy summer reading.
Michelle Dim-St. Pierre was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, where she spent more than half of her life before relocating to the United States.
She lived through four wars and served in the Israel Defense Forces for two years. Unlike her first year of service in an armored division in the Golan Heights, she spent her second year serving in the medical corps where she interacted directly with the injured soldiers of the Peace of Galilee war and their families. This interaction, along with the exposure to the hospital atmosphere, fascinated Michelle and further touched her heart.
After graduating from nursing school with a BS in Nursing in Tel-Aviv, she practiced internationally for 32 years in various positions in the surgical field and quickly advanced into health care administration. During her career she worked in the Operating Room, Recovery Room, and CCU—along with many other duties.
Writing was Michelle’s outlet at first, but it soon became her passion. Recently she left nursing and became a full-time writer. Her international background, along with her military and nursing experience is always at the tip of her pen. Her first novel, Pinnacle Lust, starts the Pinnacle trilogy.
Michelle is a world traveler who enjoys cooking epicurean food and creating original recipes.