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How To Choose a Great Summer Read

A summer without a good read is like a summer without sun – enhance it with some great reads.


  • Step 1: Examine the inside of the book – the introduction, author biography, and even the first page or two. Most online booksellers allow you to preview some of the book before making a purchase.
  • Step 2: Examine the arrangement of a book, particularly if it is non-fiction. Look at pictures, illustrations, the index, and other features. A great summer read won’t entail anything too complicated.
  • FACT: Just 6 minutes a day can reduce stress levels by as much as two-thirds.
  • TIP: Any awards a book has won will be displayed on the cover.
  • Step 3: Review the cover of a book to determine its plot, and to what extent it aligns with your personal interests and preferences.
  • TIP: Reading preferences are often similar to movie preferences.
  • Step 4: Decide on something light with a simple plot for the beach, or something long and engaging. You may want an easy romance novel, or you may have always wanted to tackle an epic.
  • Step 5: Conduct an internet search for great summer reads. Most book stores and libraries offer summer reading lists, and many allow you to search using preferences.
  • Step 6: Know your own reading preferences, and look for interesting choices that tap into them.

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