Top 5 Tips for Reading in Summer

There are so many wonderful blogs listing the best summer reads, so I thought I’d go in a different direction and give you guys some tips on HOW to read those great summer books while enjoying the beautiful weather.

Sure, time-wise it’s easier to read in summer, because we have longer, lazy days, and nights that seem to stretch into infinity. But think about it: you’re outside all the time, your hands are all sunscreen-y, and the whole constantly-on-the-look-out-for-bugs gets to be a real drag.

Trust me. I’ve been there, and I’m here to help you. Here are my top 5 tips for reading outside.

1. Always secure your page with a paper clip when reading outside!! Not a bookmark.

Because if you’re anything like me, you’re relaxing, absorbed in the story when all of a sudden there’s a tickle on your arm and you look down and it’s totally a wasp crawling on you and you’re all

And the book is in the pool and the bookmark is probably in the bushes and you’ve lost your place.

Did I say wasp? Okay, it might have been a ladybug.

All right, fine. Nine out of ten times it’s a strand of my own hair.

2. Don’t be complacent.

The biggest mistake you can make is to assume your time outside will be relaxing. Know it upfront: you won’t be absorbed in your book for more than a few minutes before an actual bee (not your own hair) attacks you, or you discover that the specific patch of sky over your yard has been deemed a prime flight pattern for flight school training, or the soothing sounds of your neighbor’s hedge trimmers WHILE HE BLASTS COUNTRY MUSIC, POWER WASHES HIS HOUSE, AND BARBECUES STEAKS ALL AT ONCE will rattle your reading zen.

3. Get to know your friendly neighborhood ice cream man, so you can tell him to GTFO.

I have a heart. I love the ice cream truck. The ice cream truck with its tinkling music means summer and freedom and joy, and cool, creamy, sugary happiness.

But I’m pretty damn sure my local ice cream man is having an affair with someone on my block and/or selling drugs, because he spends hours outside one house with the “Do Your Ears Hang Low?” song on a constant loop over and over and over and ….

4. If you’re reading on your e-reader, for the love of God make sure it’s fully charged before bringing it outside for your day of relaxation.

Because when this happens:


5. If you’re spending the day reading at the beach, set aside separate snack time from your reading time. Otherwise, you’ll glance up from your book, mid-bite, and find this:


Do you have your own reading outside disaster story? Or have some tips for me? Let me know!

Happy reading, and happy summertime! 🙂