DailyLit News: Hurling Myself into a Gorge

DailyLit News: Hurling Myself into a Gorge


Note from the Founder

There I was at my college reunion, about to hurl myself into a deep gorge. Well, not exactly into the gorge. And OK I was tethered to a zip line. But the line looked pretty flimsy, and I still had to jump. Needless to say, I was not a happy camper. With my husband and kids breezily zipping away, I was not going to let fear get the best of me. So I committed to taking the plunge (besides, who wants to be shown up by a nine year old!). It made me think about what else I haven't tackled. And then I thought of those "should have but haven't yet read" books on my list. (OK, I realize that was a tenuous segue but what the heck). In any case, I've decided to tackle at least one book I've been wanting to read. How about you? Any leaps you'd like to take this summer?
Cheers -- to a summer of leaps!

Susan Danziger
Founder and CEO, DailyLit
Twitter:@susandanziger, @dailylit

Going Away? Suspend your Books

Now that you're finally able to take some time off, don't forget to suspend delivery of your DailyLit installments so they don't pile up while you're away. You can even set your books to automatically resume for when you're back. All you need to do is to click the "Suspend delivery of this book" link at the bottom of any email installment and go from there (or you can log in to DailyLit and go to Your Settings.) Make it a guilt-free vacation and a trouble-free return.

That One Book

What's that one book you should have read but haven't yet? For me, it's Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Well, no more putting it off. I've committed to reading it this summer. How about you? Any of these books on your must-read list? They're all ideal for summer.
-Huckleberry Finn
-Tom Sawyer
-Wonderful Wizard of Oz
-Anne of Green Gables
-Robinson Crusoe
-Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
-Call of the Wild
-Treasure Island
-War of the Worlds
-Jane Eyre
-Wuthering Heights
-Great Expectations
-Tess of the D'Urbervilles
-The Scarlet Letter
-Gulliver's Travels

Classic Summer Reads for Kids

Now that the kids are getting out of school, you might be thinking about which books they could read this summer. The National Endowment for the Humanities created a list of recommended classic summer reads for kids. I've highlighted on DailyLit's blog the ones we carry; you can find recommended books for Kindergarteners through 6th graders (5-12 year olds) here; books for 7th and 8th graders (13-14 year olds) here; and books for high school kids (15-18 year olds) here. In fact, it might be fun to read a book together this summer (either out-loud or on the same schedule ).

July 4th: Be the Smartest One at Your BBQ

Be the smartest one at your BBQ this 4th of July. In just 6 installments, you can read the Declaration of Independence; The Gettysburg Address; John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address; and other inspirational reads that define a nation. They're part of America's Greatest Hits.

Creative Challenge: Declaring Indepedence

In the spirit of the upcoming 4th of July, I thought I'd make this creative challenge about independence. So, here goes: "In 50 words or fewer, describe a time in your life when you experienced independence." You can declare your independent moment here.

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