Summer is a great time for a lot of things, especially as a kid. I remember looking forward to the beginning of summer break, lots of time at the pool, and the summer reading program at the local library. I was incredibly blessed to grow up in a suburb with several great local libraries that offered many exciting events over summer break. Whenever the calendar of events came out, my brother and I would pour over the list and decide how we were going to spend our summer outside of our neighborhood pool. Every summer we went to movie screenings, craft workshops, and short plays hosted by our local libraries. It was always a rush to reach the next level in the reading program and receive the prize for reading more books. Every time I reached a new level and picked out a new prize, I was further encouraged to keep reading until I had completed the summer reading challenges and more.
As I got older and the summer reading program disappeared, I wasn’t reading as many books as I had once. My summers became more focused on the break from school and attending camps and conventions. The decrease in summer reading continued until the summer after my sophomore year of college. I guess the amount of reading I had to do during the school year made summer reading feel less and less exciting. That summer, I decided I wanted to change this and become the avid reader I used to be. In order to get back to the amount of reading I used to do, I made a list of the books I had been meaning to read for the last few years. I was able to read almost all the books on my list before the fall semester began and it was back to reading the books on my professors’ lists. It was great to finally be reading books I actually wanted to read again.
This summer I have decided to do the same thing but read even more than last year. Again, I made a list of the books I had heard about over the course of the year, ones I had missed last summer, and ones I have been meaning to read for a long time. My list currently has fifteen books and I’m halfway through the first one. I also recently discovered the app GoodReads which allows you to track the books you’ve read, want to read, and are currently reading.
This app is perfect for keeping up with summer reading as I am able to track not only the books I’ve read and want to read but the progress of the book I’m currently working. Tracking my progress in the book I’m currently reading is one of my favorite features because it makes finishing almost feel like a challenge, similar to the ones of summers past. I also love that it lets me see what my friends are reading and find suggestions based on their lists. I’m sure my list will grow as I dive deeper into the app and my summer reading list. GoodReads is the summer reading program I have been missing since my childhood. Luckily, the app doesn’t end when school starts.