On summer reading

A journey and a book are perfect companions: Alain de Botton explores the pleasures and quirks of summer reading, especially when travelling. He endorses ‘reading against the grain’ — that is, books ‘inappropriate’ to the locale to which we have travelled — which I love to do. He also finds it a ‘cherished illusion’ that we will have scads of time to read while travelling, but I actually do get a far greater density of reading for pure pleasure done while away than at home. [probably because I take a break from weblogging!] And 165 short book reviews from the 9th century, and one man’s view of ten top novels on campus, from a writer who teaches Shakespeare at a Montreal university. [links courtesy of Robot Wisdom]