Ashleigh Johnston, Account Executive

Back in April, I was already itching for summer weather, which is my favorite time to pick up a good book and enjoy the sunshine. I read year-round, but there is something special about the summertime that is synonymous with devoting extra time to reading. I love using the morning hours to sit on my deck and read, while the pond in my backyard sparkles from the sun and the morning breeze wakes me up and energizes me for the day.

I may have less time during the week to read in the sunshine than I did in past years but when the temperature start rising, it will always be a signal that ‘summer reading season’ is about to start. So how did I do this year? Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

Here is my summer 2013 list of reading accomplishments:

Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder:  Very moving true story about a doctor working to eliminate tuberculosis in some of the world’s most impoverished countries.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams:  Zany tale of a British man thrust into an intergalactic journey when Earth is destroyed to make way for a space super highway.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn:  Murder-mystery with a huge twist.

Man Up! by Ross Mathews: Comedian, TV personality and talk show host Ross Mathews details his rise to fame.

Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir: Historical recounting of the women behind the famous Tudor king.

The list goes on, since I’m not ready to give up summer yet. I’m currently reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. How did your summer reading turn out?