08/01/2014 02:51 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Sign Off the Internet and Start Reading Outside

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, author of smart and sassy romance novels

Stop reading this blog.

It's summer and you should turn off the Internet, pick up a book, and take it outside to a hammock, a park bench, poolside, or anyplace that makes the polar vortex a distance memory.

But before you go...

Read FUN things. Read random things. Right now, I'm alternating between a few books: I'm reading Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 for the first time--and I swear it weighs at least eight pounds (I'm combining reading with weight lifting)--and I'm rereading of Anne of Green Gables. That Ann-with-an-e Shirley is more of a hoot than I remember. I thought I had invented the word "tragical," but the honor clearly belongs to her--that's my girl.

In the event that you're in the mood for some reading suggestions, I've put together a handy list of some favorite romance novels over at Scribd, which is a service that offers unlimited books from its collection for a few bucks a month.

August is also Read-a-Romance Month. In case you're wondering why you should celebrate it, check out the blog where 90-plus romance authors give their reasons...and provide lots of book recommendations.

Or you could ask what your friends and family are reading--it will probably spark a non-work/kids/current events conversation and you'll get some ideas of what to read now that you've finished this blog and turned off the Internet. : )

Happy Reading!

Maya Rodale is the author of multiple historical romance novels as well as the nonfiction book Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels, Explained. She has a master's degree from New York University and lives in Manhattan with her darling dog and a rogue of her own. Visit her online at, or say hello to her @mayarodale on Twitter.




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