Actually, certain schools — well, good schools — require summer reading. People aren’t talking about it this time of the year because they want to, but because they almost have to. They need to be back in the fall having checked this book, that book and that book off a list.

And in the grand scheme of things, most summer reading lists are for kids and parents. Nobody under the age of 50 reads without being forced.

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