It's August and just about everyone I know is going on vacation, returning from vacation, taking long weekends or just generally trying to create a little space to relax away from the daily grind. I took a trip last week to Kohler, Wisconsin, to check out the PGA tournament being played at the spectacular Whistling Straits golf course. It is a fantastic place.
While traveling last week it occurred to me that, despite all the talk about books for summer, not much reading actually occurs during summer holidays, except perhaps on airplanes. On summer trips people are doing things: Hiking, biking, golfing, boating, or moving around and seeing the sights. Enjoying these activities is good. Life goes by quickly and we should take every opportunity we can to go places, do things, and experience the world. But when we can't get out there, when we are buttoned down by duties and obligations, people who love to read know that a good book can provide a fantastic escape.
Holidays end. Summer turns into fall. But the pleasure for reading, and of finding and talking about good books, is always available.