Hi friends, happy Friday! It’s finally the end of the week and now all I want to do is catch up on some sleep and relax. I’m also hoping to catch up on reading as well since I have been so slumped with schoolwork and haven’t been able to finish a book in a while. Fingers crossed that I can find time to do so!
This week’s theme is on “Reading Seasonally”. I think that this is a perfect topic to talk about, especially now that Fall is basically here with the wintry holidays on deck! ❄️
At the start of every season, I definitely feel like the weather changes my mood and the books I gravitate towards. When it’s hot outside I want a quick and easy read that I can fly threw at the beach, and when it’s cold I want a thick book that will keep me bundled up in bed for hours.
Many factors can go into what makes a book seasonal. I think a main thing to look at is the setting. Whether it’s at a summer lake house, a made-up world where it’s always snowing, or an old academy; I find that I always subconsciously assign a season to each location I read about. I also seem to categorize tone into seasons as well. For instance, if I am reading a dark, heavier “issue” based contemporary I think of colder weather while the opposite goes for a more lighthearted romance.
Schoolwork also plays a huge part with my reading trends. Looking at my “read” shelf on Goodreads, I noticed that I read lengthier reads when I had a lighter workload during Summer and Winter breaks. However when I was in the midst of finals or getting adjusted as I went back to school, I tended to reread lots of my favorite stories or turned to shorter novels. To better help explain, here are some specific examples of genres that I associate each season with:
- Winter: fantasy, science fiction, festive/wintry contemporaries
- Spring: fairytale retellings, contemporary romance, rereads
- Summer: lengthy series, travel/destination novels
- Fall: thrillers/mysteries, historical fiction, darker/heavier “issue” based contemporaries
Of course, this is not a strict set of rules that I keep myself accounted for. At times, I definitely stray away from this due to upcoming releases and/or series that publish new installments. This is more of a generalization that I have noticed as I looked back on my reading trends in the past. I seem to always decide on a book based on what I am wanting to read at the time (mainly because I could never force myself to pick up a book just because it fits the aesthetic of the moment). I am, above all, a mood reader so if I am craving a fantasy in the summer you can bet that it will be in my June wrap up!
Additionally, I thought that it would be nice to give a bit of a visual as to what kinds of books you could find me reading each season:
I think that if you are truly trying to read seasonally, creating a TBR that aligns with a holiday is the perfect path! Holidays are what make the seasons so memorable with their specific aesthetics and traditions that mean a lot to each person. I always love seeing a Halloween TBR full of spooky horror reads or a Christmas one full of snowy contemporaries that make you feel as if you have a runny-nose.
However, I do think that it is important to remember that some holidays aren’t celebrated by everyone. Sometimes I see people associating “reading seasonally” with reading alongside a holiday and, though it is a completely valid thing to do, it is also important to acknowledge that just because a book may take place in the winter, that does not make it a “Christmas” book. It may be perfect for Christmas time, but I feel that calling it a perfect Winter read makes it more accessible to everyone, even to those who don’t celebrate the holiday.
I hope that made sense. I thought it was important to mention that because I myself am sometimes so surrounded by American culture that I forget that others in different countries celebrate different things than me. However, when we refer to the seasons everyone can get involved and feel welcomed! 😊
What do you think about the idea of Reading Seasonally? Do you agree/disagree with any of my comments above? Would you call yourself a seasonal reader?
Until next time, happy reading! ♡