Summer Reading

It’s the first day of Summer. What was hard to make time for before–like reading for pleasure–may be more possible now, at least when on vacation. There is no shortage of suggestions for summer reading: libraries, bookstores, magazines, and others have book suggestions. These lists are more common now than at any time except December, when the best-books-of-the-year lists arrive.

Why Summer (but not Winter, Spring and Fall) reading? Why do we choose different books to read in the Summer? Will reading outlast the Summer? Recently, the New York Times re-ran an essay by Clive Barnes, first published in 1968, that explored these questions. Now for the lists …