For several years now, August 10th has been celebrated in the US and a few other countries in the northern hemisphere as National Lazy Day.*
Why that date? Perhaps it’s easier to relax during summer vacation. For many folks, this gives an excuse to chill out and kick back with a focus on relaxation and wellness.
With the promise of spring sunshine on the horizon, why not relax with a good book? Let’s make this Laziness Month. We can even celebrate our August book group meetings by being more chilled than the weather. Instead of sipping pina coladas on a beach, we can sip from our hot mugs and still out-lazy any other country.
And here are some laziness reading suggestions:
Too lazy for a long read? How about 10 excellent short books?
- The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway – 127 pages [B0205]
- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark – 128 pages [B0925]
- Jesus Wants Me for A Sunbeam’ by Peter Goldsworthy – 133 pages [B1863]
- The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad – 144 pages [B0003]
- One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn – 144 pages
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote – 156 pages [B2018]
- Home by Toni Morrison – 160 pages
- The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes – 163 pages [B2138]
- The Passion by Jeanette Winterson – 176 pages [B1226]
- The Children’s Bach by Helen Garner – 176 pages [B0569]
Too lazy even to turn the page? How about 10 excellent book-to-film adaptations?
- To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
- Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
- Storm Boy (1976)
- My Brilliant Career (1979)
- Blade Runner (1982)
- The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
- Looking for Alibrandi (2000)
- Atonement (2007)
- The Book Thief (2013)
- Room (2015)
* Take this test to prepare yourself for Laziness Month:
Lazy people fact #72432143726413424.
If you were too lazy to read that number, you’re ready to celebrate.