Embrace the (Reading) Season

by Marina

Reading for the weather

I recently had a conversation with a co-worker about my reading habits. The temperature was hitting the mid-teens outside. I looked at my OverDrive bookshelf and realized I had downloaded Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman and The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960 by Douglas Brinkley to listen to. My first thought was to adjust my reading theme so I’m not figuratively cold while literally cold. The response was that I “embrace the season” (thanks, Darren!) and just do it.

That prompted me to go back and assess my seasonal reading habits (yes, I keep track. I’m a goodreads fanatic). In December 2009 I read Tinsel: A Search for America’s Christmas Present by Hank Stuever. More recently I read What Light by Jay Asher about a family that runs a Christmas tree farm. A lot of this seasonal reading has to do with the publication dates.

But, several of my picks are published outside of the season. Which only proves that I’ll go out of my way to find books that fit the season. Published in July, Blair Braverman’s book is the perfect example. Similarly with the anthology My True Love Gave To Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins, was published in October but I read it in December.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, which has the characters going on a trek thousands of miles to and through cold, icy, miserable Siberia to a concentration/work camp, was published in late March but I read during the following January. And I read Stork by Wendy Delsol, set in snowy Minnesota, about the Icelandic Stork Society and featuring a Jack Frost-type character (released in early October 2010) during a December, as well.

I don’t think I do this for any other season besides winter (unless you count gardening books, which I don’t in this instance.) This December had me searching for audiobooks using keywords such as winter, snow and Iceland.

How about you? Do you read for any seasons?

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