Friday, August 24, 2012


Ah, summer. One note of a summer-themed song, and I'm singing along, and humming it the rest of the day. Music influences so many writers, including myself. I don't keep playlists, as some do, but sometimes a song will trigger a story. Other times, I weave musical influences into my stories.

In any case, summer's a great time for both music and reading. Hard to believe this summer's almost over, isn't it?

Blog hops and other events have thrown my regular Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule off of late. But that's what summer's all about, really - getting away from the drudgery of a relentless schedule.

Do you have favorite summer "beach" reads? Do you distinguish between summer reads and your reading the rest of the year? I don't - I read any genre anytime. Right now, Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas has me captivated. I am in love with his writing and have to read the series.

What do you like to read in the summer? Or listen to?

Here are a few summer songs, classic and newer ones:

And a quick reminder for this weekend's Western Blurb Fest!

If you write stories set in the West, whether historical or contemporary, come share your blurb this weekend at TBR!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I don't read or listen to anything different when it's summer. Whatever is out at the time is what has my attention.

~Sia McKye~ said...

My music is eclectic and it's usually whatever strikes my fancy at the time. Reading is the same no matter what the season.

I haven't heard Sly and The Family Stone in forever! I remember that when I was a kid.

Sia McKye's Thoughts...OVER COFFEE

DMS said...

I like to read all different books no matter the time of year. When I head off to the beach I do sometimes like a lighter read- mostly so I don't start crying on the beach (because I cry at emotional books). Love all music all the time! Great choices here today. :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Any music, any book, any time of year. It's been a few years since I read Odd Thomas. I have the second book, but haven't read it yet. Koontz's writing is superb :)

Happy Weekend!

Angela Brown said...

Summer has seemed to fly right on by. I don't really have summer reads either. Get it in my hands, get me a few moments to read and call me a happy camper :-)

Cate Masters said...

I'm with you, Alex.

Same here, Sia.

Aw, Jess. :)

Carol, I wanted to unpublish all my books after reading Koontz, he's so amazing. He has a way of ripping you away from reality, doesn't he?

I've been that way lately, Angela - sneaking in reads whenever!

LD Masterson said...

No, I'm pretty much read anything, any time. Same with my music.

And it was a very fast summer.