When did the commercial notion of “summer reading” first appear from publishers, bookstores, writers and readers? American families with little more than modest incomes didn’t have much leisure time to enjoy a weekend or a week even, until the 1960s. Many people read throughout their lives, during the evenings. But the anticipation of a few leisurely summer days gives hardworkers/ readers a destination and goal. I always stockpile new books as well as books recommended by others for summer reads. Ok, I always have a pile of books that I want to read! But knowing that many authors will be having their big debuts/sales in the autumn, summer is a time to read for pleasure – anything that takes your fancy. Classics, mysteries, fiction, history, historical thrillers, period pieces, out of print novels, those yard sale delights that you couldn’t resist for 50cents. To say nothing of reading through that stack you collected over winter, kept warm by looking forward to those unbroken stretches of sultry summer sunshine.
The FRIENDS BOOK SALE during Rochesterfest is the perfect time to gather up reading material, so those summer days as well as winter nights!