I checked in at the Booking Through Thursday blog, which is the host for a weekly book meme or blogging prompt. Here is this week’s prompt:
Do your reading habits change in the summer? Do you take your books outside more? Do you curl up in the air conditioning? Do you read fluff instead of serious books? Are you too busy playing in the sun or gardening or whatever to read much at all?
It’s summer time although it doesn’t feel like it here. Summer is cold in heavily fogged in San Francisco. We have to wait until Indian summer to descend on us in the fall. But nonetheless the cold doesn’t stop the deluge of summer reads featured in the bookstores. My reading taste usually doesn’t change for the season, but I would read more non-fiction, mysteries and thrillers. This is especially the case when I’m on the run. Imagine trying to read Toni Morrison and William Gaddis between pool, hikes, and the slot machines. I would not admit to myself that I should have been reading a lower grade of fiction, like a mass-market romance. But a book with less nuance would be more appropriate for trips because it doesn’t require much effort to ease back into the story after you leave it for some time. Some of the great summer reads would be Argo, In the Garden of Beasts, and Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid’s Memoir, books that I have read and enjoyed this year. San Francisco is rarely hot so most buildings (even restaurants) are not equipped with air condition. I don’t like eating out on the usually rare, hot days in town because even a fine-dining restaurant has no a/c. In Palm Springs, I split my reading time between the pool and the sitting room. Dry heat is more bearable and with the mist I find reading outside very pleasant.