Hello Campers! Sorry for the long quiet gap Camp Wanderlust Badgeafter the 4th. This week has been a busy one playing catch up at the day job and getting into the thick of details for the big day at the end of the summer. But a midst all of the craziness surrounding life at the moment, one thing that always helps to keep me (slightly) calm is a good book to escape to, even if it’s just a couple pages at a time.

As a camper and a counselor, I always had fun during activity periods and at meals, but I looked forward to Quiet Hour which fell directly after lunch. Some people would nap, but I would mostly read books and write letters home.

Moonrise Kingdom | Movie | Wes Anderson

Writing letters from camp always made me think of my Dad because he’d often sing the ever classic, “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah, Here I am at, Camp Granada…” But as email and electronic communication infiltrate our lives more and more, I find that I still love getting letters. And of course, with all of the wedding hoopla this summer, I’m writing more than I have in a long time. For now, I can say that I still enjoy it, but we’ll see after all is said and done.

Most of all, I loved going to the bookstore when we were packing for camp to pick up a new book or two. When I was a small camper, there were many a fairy tales involved, as I got older, I discovered Jane Eyre and other classics.

Though life is way crazier now, I love taking time to read before bed and of course when I’m traveling. And since I’ve been back and forth to Michigan a lot this summer, I’ve listened to quite a few audio-books as well.

So moral of the camp story today? Make sure to take some quiet time for yourself at least once a week, if not every day. Whether you read, write, sketch or just take a short breather, it’s worth carving time out of your crazy life for it, though difficult it may seem.

So here’s a few reading suggestions and some pretty stationary inspiration to get you started.

Books | Summer Reading | Camp Wanderlust

Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys and the Battle for America’s Soul by Karen Abbott- Historic account of the most famous brothel in America at the beginning of the 20th century. Very interesting and read like fiction, though pulled from true accounts.

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach- Westish College, where baseball, self-discovery and love collide…not to mention the fictional midwest setting for this well written novel.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed – A memoir of a 20-something’s solo journey on the west-coast trail and how she found herself there. Way more witty and entertaining than I’m describing it here. I also want to read her new book from her column on the Rumpus, “Tiny Beautiful Things.”

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – I read this in High School for class but I’m planning to re-read before the movie comes out this winter.

Neverwhere or The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – I’ve listened to the audio book of Neverwhere and enjoyed it’s twists and turns and have heard great things about the Graveyard Book (and of course, it’s young adult fiction).

And to inspire the writing…

Stationary & Writing Ideas

Top to bottom: Vintage Stationary, $18. Awesome Stationary, $5 ea. Buzzy Bees, $14/6. Bird Cards, $17/6. Acorn Stationary, 13.  The perfect pen.

Catch you later!

- Colleen McIntyre of Flee Fly Flown