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Well, here where I live, Spring is sprung–weeks early, even. Our lilac bush looks like it will have flowers by this time next week instead of in the middle of May as usual. The dogwood trees, the magnolia trees–all the flowering trees are flowering. The daffodils and crocuses are, if anything, starting to fade. It may only be April 24th but it is very definitely Spring and, allergies notwithstanding, I’m happy to welcome the change of season. What I want to know, is:

Do your reading habits change in the Spring? Do you read gardening books? Even if you don’t have a garden? More light fiction than during the Winter? Less? Travel books? Light paperbacks you can stick in a knapsack?

Or do you pretty much read the same kinds of things in the Spring as you do the rest of the year?

My reading habit stays consistent throughout the year. I can be very spontaneous with my reading and would read a certain author or subject on a roll. But I don’t read seasonal books, in fact, I try to keep clear of Christmas themes during Christmas. For the bleak (actually not really cold and bleak in California) winter season, when I get up in the melacholy navy morning and come home to a pitch-dark house, I drown myself in armchair travel books so that I can be virtually taken away from the gloomy reality. Now the many reading challenges have shaped my reading habit and dictated my reading list. I manage to read and re-read my favorite authors, like Dostoevsky and Saramago. Classics and historical fiction dominate my reading and airport novels rarely turn up on my radar.

3 Responses

  1. I don’t think my reading is affected at all by season. The winter in Oregon is rainy and often quite cold, so staying in and tucking into a book seems a very apt thing. I think I’m distracted a bit more from reading by the urge to take photographs in summer; it’s a hobby that’s making inroads into some of my other activities these days. But on the whole there isn’t a great deal of difference in terms of the material I choose.

  2. No, what I read is not affected by the weather or the season, only where I read. In summer and spring I try and go outside, find a chair in the garden or on a terrace to enjoy the sunshine, whereas in winter I’m curled up on sofa’s. This luxury is only set aside for the weekends of course… During the week, I read in stations, on trains, at night before going to sleep, anywhere I am.

  3. Greg:
    I can understand the summery distraction especially if you live in a relatively wet and cool place like Oregon. I would like to go hiking and walking the beach too when there is a sunny break from in the fog city, but I manage to bring a book with me! 🙂

    I like to curl up on my couch to read. If I cannot have my couch or anywhere near it. I would settle for a quiet cafe. I used to read during my commute but it has become oo distracting. I’m glad you can read on the trains. 🙂

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