Booking Through Thursday: Seasonal Reading

Does what you read vary by the season? For instance, Do you read different kinds of books in the summer than the winter?

  1. If so, do you break it down by genre, length of book, or...?

Sometimes it does. For some reason, at Christmastime, I like 'comfort reads.' I'll find a book that I love and have read a number of times to curl up with. Sometimes I'll read something that I read during previous Christmases, ghosts of happy Christmas pasts. The books I can think of off hand are Little Women, Silas Marner, and Wuthering Heights. Classic books, I guess. They all remind me of dark, cold nights and gingerbread baking.

In the fall, I like scary stories, for the Halloween season. Shirley Jackson's short stories and a book of Nova Scotian folktales called Bluenose Ghosts are a couple of favorites.

In the summer, I'm usually reading a monster book for my book club. Past books were War & Peace, The Count of Monte Cristo. I also like something fun to read on the beach.

Genre doesn't seem to matter much. For me, it's the feeling. It's the Seasonal Affective Disorder of Reading. My mood dictates what I read.


  1. Oh, I can smell the gingerbread just reading your post!

  2. "Seasonal Affective Disorder of Reading"
    Perfect discription!!

  3. For me, it's the feeling.

    I quite agree! Happy BTT!

  4. I actually never read Little Women but I have seen both two verison of the movies. And I like both :)

    Happy BTT - have good day!

  5. I'm a mood reader too. Unfortunately I'm a moody person. LOL.

  6. I don't normally change my reading habits by season. Well...I guess that's not entirely true. For vacation, I tend to take fun books. Last summer I started reading the Stephanie Plum books on vacation. Didn't want to haul around War and Peace. (I never did finish that thing...need to do that sometime!)

  7. Hi Chris, I agree it's the feeling that strikes! LOL. Happy BTT!

  8. My intentions are always good when it comes to reading a Christmasy or Halloween type book for those occasions, but I tend to never get around to reading my choices for those times of year. :-S

    I love the term you used:
    Seasonal Affective Disorder of Reading"!

  9. Hi Chris, I definitely read based on my moods! ;D Happy BTT!

  10. The seasonal affective disorder of reading. I love it! It should be a diagnosis.

  11. I've started War and PEace five times. I get a hundred or two hundred pages into it and can't do any more. By now I've actually read the whole thing if I'd just kept going forward instead of restarting every time. Maybe I'll just rent the Audrey Hepburn version.


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