What could be better than a lazy summer’s afternoon on a shady porch with a tall glass of lemonade and a great book? A comfy chair in the air-conditioned quiet of your local library? Yeah, that works too. It’s the reading part that really matters.

Whether your school gives you a summer reading list to follow or you create one for yourself, here’s a few ways to get the most out of your reading time this summer:

  • Read what you like! If possible, stick to the kinds of books you enjoy: mystery novels, horror stories, whatever. There’s nothing wrong with branching out into something new, but try to avoid books that you find dull, tedious and boring.
  • If you are stuck with a book you’re having a hard time getting through, try to find it in an audio version. Then you can listen to it while you walk, clean your room, or workout.
  • Join a reading group or start your own. Reading the same books as your friends can be fun.
  • Definitely start (and keep) a reading journal. Reflect on the books that you read. How do they make you feel? Do they inspire you? How do you relate to the characters? If you’re really motivated, try writing your own short stories in a similar style.

Believe it or not, there’s a good chance that by the end of the August you’ll look back and discover that some of your best summer memories are of the great books you read.