What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Friday, June 8, 2012

Sunshine and Summertime

Yes, that's a title of a Faith Hill song. No, this blog post is not about Faith Hill or country music. (though I do enjoy country music!) Summer's here, folks are getting out of school, busting out the flipflops, and hopefully getting some quality lounge time! Even for those of us who don't run on a "school year" schedule anymore (and still trudge to work everyday, summer or not,) can still appreciate the subtle shift in atmosphere. At least for me, things get a little more relaxed.

Thinking about the shift in my general mood and surroundings made me start to think about if my reading habits change at all. So I thought I'd pose a question! Do your reading habits change with the seasons? Maybe you read more or less during a certain time of year? Does the genre or subgenres that you read most often shift?

I know I definitely read more over the summer. Everything about my life is more relaxed, even the atmosphere at work. It leaves me feeling less stressed, and less like I have to run myself ragged. So more time for reading. But the biggest change for me is in genre. Not even genre really, but I prefer to have lighter books during the summer. When I'm all blissed out and stress-free, I like to keep it that way, and not weigh my brain down with heavy, emotional, nailbiter books. I don't put them all aside 100%, but I read fewer "hard core" books, and more "light and fluffies." I don't use either of those terms disparagingly either. I like both equally.

The summer is also when I like to take my vacation, which definitely means more reading. Vacation is definitely about the "light and fluffies" but also a genre that I think of as "beach reads". "Beach reads" is a topic for another discussion. But I'd really like to know if the change in season has anything to do with what and how much you'll be reading over the next few months? Changing it up, or just following the TBR list as scheduled?

 One thing's for sure that during the summer, this is where I want to be, book in hand! 

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Happy Summer!
Courtney

10 comments:

  1. It's actually funny because I am home with my daughter all the time, but I do read more once the weather warms up. When it's cold or rainy I find myself spending my "free time" on the computer because it's right there when I am in the house, but when it's warm I go outside and read. I can also read while she is playing in the yard.

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    1. It is nice to be able to go outside and read! I love it when the weather is nice enough for that!
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  2. Yes, I definitely like to read lighter Contemporary novels during the summer, or Romances. It's already hot enough in Texas during the summer. I don't want to weigh myself down further with a dark dystopian or creepy paranormal!

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    1. Ha ha, agreed! I don't cut them out completely, but I definitely try to read more of the lighter stuff!
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  3. Hmm I don't know if my genre preference changes. I normally read lighter books between heart pumping ones throughout the year. I love the idea of reading on that hammock though. Wish I was there right now!

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    1. I wish I was there too! It would be so nice! Ah...vacation is calling my name!

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  4. I get to sneak in a lot of extra books in between those on my TBR. An opportunity to be spontaneous. I love that! Happy summer!

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    1. Oh, that's definitely fun! Reading is always fun when you get to pick up something new and exciting, especially when it's a surprise!
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  5. Definitely. I find the desire to curl up with books is stronger for me in the fall and winter. Something about blankets goes so well with books for me.

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    1. Ha! Well, obviously I agree that blankets and books go together, from the title of my blog! I think for me it's a change in the desire to curl up inside with a book in the winter, versus lay out in the sun with a book in the summer!
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