This week’s Let’s Talk Bookish topic comes at the perfect time! This week I shared my fall book recommendations, my fall TBR, and a fall-themed book tag. This topic has inspired me to think more about seasonal reading, and what makes a book a fall read versus a summer read, for example.
So what makes a book a fall read? There are many things for me. I like a fall book to either be cozy or absolutely terrifying/thrilling. I want a fall book to be completely immersive, and this is the time of year I am most likely to read books over 500 pages. I don’t know if it is because it is nearing the end of the year and I have already reach my Goodreads’ goal, but I feel less pressure to read 10+ books a month once October hits. Give me all the tomes! I want to sit on the couch with a hot chocolate and candles lit while reading a book that transports me to another place and is completely atmospheric. This is why I am more likely to read fantasy/SciFi during the fall. I also love a good classic this time of year, and I hope to read both Jane Eyre and Rebecca in October!
What about other seasons? It is interesting because I definitely lean more towards contemporary novels and romance during the summer months; however, I do not feel as though the winter or spring has much of an affect on my reading. Spring feels so short here in Canada that it barely registers with me, and I think I simply continue to read the same kinds of books during the winter as I do in the fall.
Do holidays affect my reading? I think the only holidays that have any affect on my reading are Christmas, Halloween, and, to a lesser extent, Valentine’s Day. This is a relatively new development, as I never read a Christmasy book until I started blogging. Last year I read 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston, and it really helped to put me in the holiday spirit! I think we are all going to need some help with that this year, and I have been adding so many Christmasy books to my TBR, which I will share with you in November! There are so great ones coming out this year. To me, fall books and Halloween-themed books tend to blend together. I always try to read a witchy book and a thriller in the month of October. As for Valentine’s Day, I do try to read at least a couple of romances in February!
Evidently, seasons do have an effect on my reading, but that has definitely been influenced by the book community. Before I started blogging, I don’t remember ever giving much thought to the type of book I was reading during certain times of the year. While I do think that reading with the seasons has enhanced by reading experiences in some small ways, if the mood hits and I want to pick up a contemporary romance in October, the fact that it is fall will not stop me from doing so. It is simply that my mood tends to align with the season!
What are your thoughts on seasonal reading? Is it something you do? Also, does the spring affect your reading at all? I would be curious to know!