It occurred to me recently that my reading preferences tend to change with the seasons. This surprised me somewhat as I consider myself to be a well-rounded reader. Sure, there are certain genres I gravitate toward, but I am open to reading just about anything. In fact, I try to push myself to read in genres that don’t call to me naturally. Curiously though, aside from the books I read for my job, my personal selections seem to be strictly driven by my mood, which, as it happens, changes with the seasons.
During the first few weeks of the year I am full of ambition –inspired and ready to jump in and start anew. I usually set a ridiculous reading goal for myself, much like those often unattainable, but well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions. I spend countless hours scouring the internet and perusing library shelves for titles to add to my reading list (probably logging enough hours with which I could have already actually READ a few books). With the mindset at this point being that anything is possible, it is also the time when I am most willing to venture out of my comfort zone with books from the history, business and self-help genres.
By Spring I am finished with non-fiction – sorry all you wonderful non-fiction authors, but at this point I really need a good story. Coming of age tales, memoirs and happily ever after stories usually match my mood this season.
During the Summer I love to read mystery, romance, and historical fiction. Reading historical fiction puts me in the mood for more history though, so I’ll typically listen to an audio book about a specific person in history (do audio books count)?
With the fall comes more mystery, specifically psychological thrillers that have a bit of romance mixed in. Sci-fi and fantasy also works, and this is the only time of year I can venture into the horror genre. I try to read a couple of horror titles a year but I have to read something humorous or uplifting immediately afterwards (nightmares guys – I’m a sissy)!
When winter hits I’m back to romance. Snuggling under a blanket with a never ending supply of coffee and a great book and I’m set. I also love books geared toward the holidays and family – ‘tis the season. With holiday shopping and the excitement and activities of the season, short stories are perfect for me since I can squeeze in some reading time without a heavy commitment.
Looking back over this list, it does seem pretty well rounded. Did I miss anything? I’ve considered creating a calendar and plotting out my reading for the next year. It would be interesting to see if doing so would expand my reading horizons. I’ll let you know how it works out. How about you? Does your reading list change with the seasons? Visit ReaderViews.com to learn about how we connect readers and writers.