Thursday, September 18, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Seasonal Reading

"Do not lose your way in the dark," voices sang in the houses, to harps and lutes. "O dear sweet dead, come home, and welcome here. Lost in the dark but always dear. Do not wander, do not roam. Dear ones, come home, come home."
-- Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree

Does the changing season change your reading habits? Less time? More? Are you just in the mood for different kinds of books than you were over the summer?

I'm a seasonal reader during autumn, certainly. Once the crisp autumn winds start blowing, I crave spooky stories. I read more suspense, mysteries and thrillers during the fall. In the winter I tend towards classics and longer books.

I think I read more in autumn and winter because there's very little to do outside. During the spring and summer I spend a lot of time gardening. I hate the cold so I don't participate in many outdoor activities once winter sets in.

What about you? Do you have any seasonal reading habits?


  1. I really, really wish we've four seasons here! Autumn is my favourite season because of the cooling weather and I just love to see the leaves changing colours. Summer is too hot and humid where I live... ;)

  2. I'm with you Ruth, I spend very little time outdoors in the winter-I do not like the cold at all but I'm not sure it changes my reading habits much.

  3. Ruth, the past two summers, reading has usurped gardening in my life.

    My yard shows it too.

  4. Fall and winter are my favorite seasons, though it doesn't get very cold here in California. Welcome to Weekly Geeks. I like you site and the quote you used from The Halloween Tree. I just finished reading it for the first time a couple of days ago.

  5. I agree; my reading is very much affected by the seasons, and I talk about that all the time on my own blog. (I read a creepy medieval mystery this summer, Mistress of the Art of Death, and noted that it wasn't the right season for such a book. Now would be better.)