Summer Reading Spots

The winner of a copy of ONCE UPON A DREAM is Eudora. Congratulations to her and thanks to those of you who left a comment. Do not forget to download a free copy of one of JESSICA EISSFELDT’s novellas (see below for details).


                By Jessica Eissfeldt

As a romance novelist, I love to read. Especially in the summer when I can go outside with a favorite book. That way I get to enjoy the great weather and a good story! So here are a few of my favorite summer reading spots. Where is your favorite summer reading spot?

1. Barefoot under a tree: I love the feel of grass beneath my feet in the summer, and there’s something about leaning up against a tree with a book in hand that really evokes a sense of peace and joy for me. I even bring a cushion.

2. Lounging at the beach: I love the sound of the surf in the background as I’m enjoying a story. Sometimes I even pick up a story or two set on an island or by the ocean because in an instant, I’m right there, even when I’m not at the beach.

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3. Sitting in a novel setting: One of the reasons I love books and reading so much is because I get to imagine I’m inside the story. Sometimes I find hidden-away nooks that bring to mind a scene or setting from a book I’ve read or am reading, and sitting down in those places to read makes the experience all the more fun.
4. At the library: I love libraries, and sitting and reading a book while being surrounded by books brings me a sense of contentment. Not to mention the comfy chairs, quiet atmosphere and best of all, I can bring a snack or a drink. Plus, if I finish the current novel I’m reading, I can just pick up another one!

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5. Speaking of food…Sometimes I’ll pack a picnic and read a book while I’m at the park.
6. Going for a stroll with an audiobook: I’ve fallen in love with audiobooks and love how I can listen and do other things…like enjoying nature. (Might even see someone who happens to look like a character — that’s always fun!)

Jessica Eissfeldt is a romance novelist who loves antique stores, tea, cats and vintage dresses. You can download Dialing Dreams, the first book in her 1940s romance series, for FREE for a LIMITED TIME on all retailers — go to to get started.


And, as an extra bonus, one person who comments below before the end of Wednesday, May 11, will win a copy of ONCE UPON A DREAM, a duet of novels by Mary Balogh and Grace Burrowes. And that is Jessica Eissfeldt on the cover of DIALING DREAMS, by the way. There are more pictures in the book–she played the part of her heroine, a fun concept!

18 Replies to “Summer Reading Spots”

  1. I liked all the locations – but – one of my favorites – an upstairs room – with the windows open and a breeze moving the curtains. It is peaceful and comfy all in one.

    1. I have depression and find it difficult to concentrate and read. But I still read Mary Balogh. I may read a page a day and be very frustrated but I still do it. Help me out and send me a free book. I really do have everything she has written so far. I’m running out of books!

  2. What is not to love about summer reading? Being out in the sunshine, yet inside another world? Paradise! (That said, being in the library surrounded by books and readers is also like heaven.) Thank you, dear authors.

  3. My favorite place one summer between high school and college was either at the local lake on the sand beach they added (it was MN – plenty of lakes to chose from), or in our back yard, on a lounge chair or just laying on the green, lush Kentucky bluegrass. I read almost every Harlequin Presents that summer of ’75.

  4. I like reading where it is quiet. I have a favourite place I hike to overlooking our lake, with a packed lunch, thermos of coffee and my book I am set for hours!

  5. Humm – I don’t know. When I am outdoors I like to be looking around and appreciating nature. When I read, I am so into that book, that it doesn’t really matter where I actually am. I might be physically sitting in an easy chair or on a park bench, but in my mind, I’m wherever book is.

  6. I haven’t had the opportunity to read near the ocean very often, but it’s definitely one of my favorite places to read. Back at home I like reading outside on my deck, surrounded by my flowers. On cold nights reading in bed is cozy and warm.

    1. I have to admit I particularly enjoy brousing at a book store. It’s a favorite date for me and my husband — although we have quite different tastes in our reading! I usually go for fiction, and he enjoys books on health.

  7. I have to admit – i can not read at the beach …i get distracted
    but i do love to read up on the upstairs outside veranda —
    sometimes with the ocean view – sometimes with a river view – i have summer locations where i can do either – but not down at the beach in the sand –

    but seriously- i can read anywhere – do not have to have a fancy location – i do a lot of my summer reading in the parlor with the kids playing loud computer games in the same room – it just FADES away as i get deeper and deeper into my book.

  8. I enjoy reading anywhere, but most of my reading time is either in the car or at appointments while waiting for my children. I know that’s not very exciting, and I do love reading outside on my bench in my rose garden, but when you have a good book, it takes you to a new and wonderful place and your surroundings are not quite as important.

  9. My favorite place would have to be in my window seat while its raining with a cup of tea beside me; but, as others note, a really good book sweeps you away. I look forward to discovering a new author and wish Jessica well.

  10. Dear Ms. Balogh:

    How can I leave a message for you in “Guest” area? I am extremely low-tech, and keep receiving message “invalid” something or other. It is frustrating to hit a brick wall each time I try to send you my sincere thoughts!

    Thank you for any help you can give.

    Sondra Boykin
    Rookie Regency romance author

  11. Around 2000 Harlequin reissued Georgette Heyer’s novels with forewards by popular contemporary novelists. Mary forewarded “The Talisman Ring”. Is this available anywhere to read? (besides trying to find the 2000 issue?) I would really like to read it!

  12. I am long time fan of Mary B. and Avery Archer just replaced Wulfric B. and the notorious rake as my favorite hero characters. Loved the book about Anna and Avery and keep rereading it. I own many of the books as well as Julie Garwood’s and Nora Roberts.

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