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Friday, October 19, 2018

Spring-Summer-Autumn-Winter - A mini-challenge!

Did you know that the seasons occur because of the tilt in the earth's axis with respect to the plane of earth's orbit?  Spring, summer, autumn and winter are four well recognized seasons.    We wear different types of clothing according to the climate of the season - like in summer we wear cotton clothes because cotton helps us absorb sweat.  Winter we bring out the layers of comfy clothes and outer wear.  Then of course there are also the "rules" of fashion and seasons.  No white shoes after Labor Day - shorts are only for summer - pastels are only for Easter or spring . . .

But that's enough information about the seasons, right? 

Here's my point to this challenge - - - what about seasons for reading certain books?  I have noticed that I tend to notice book covers that coincide with the season we are in!   I love to look at allllll beach books during the summer - any beach - anywhere - but I love to see water and sand, boats and beach chairs and umbrellas and swim suits on a brightly colored book cover for my summer reading.

How about you?  Do you do something similar?  Do you have special books that you re-read each season?  Does Christmastime bring visions of warm fires and beautifully decorated Christmas trees on your book cover or cause you to long for a family Christmas story?

Challenge:  Please share your thoughts on this - and if possible maybe you can include a picture of the "seasonal books" you cherish most! 

I will choose a random winner and mail you a book of your favorite season!

Thanks for participating.

Happy Reading - whatever the season!

51 comments:

  1. I love seasonal reading. During Spring I tend to favour Victorian classics and historical fiction. Summer is for the beach reads and contemporary YAs I rarely gravitate towards, during the rest of the year, Autumn is for thrillers and horrors. And Winter is for big, fat fantasies. As for book covers, I love autumnal-coloured covers and can't resist hording them for this time of year.

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  2. Love this challenge idea! The Night Circus is one of my favorites to reread in the winter. The chilly atmosphere and red, black, and white colors just seem to fit. For some reason Charles Dickens is always a winter read for me too. Spring is for the hope and optimism of Anne of Green Gables. It's all about new life! Since the Harry Potter books all start in the summer I'm always in the mood for those when it gets hot. Autumn is perfect for Carlos Ruiz Zafon's Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. It's a gothic mystery set in Barcelona and the creepy twists and turns are just right for October. My photo is posted at the link below.

    https://avidreader25.blogspot.com/2018/10/dewey-24-hour-readathon.html

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  3. I try to re-read Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" every December, and I like to add to my collection of books with beautiful Christmas covers that I include in my Christmas decorations (after I read them, of course.) Other than that, I seem to gravitate to lighter reading in summer and more seriouss weighty stories during cold months.

    Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Decorating with your Christmas books sounds like a great idea! You could try a Christmas tree made out of Christmas novels! Thanks for participating in my challenge - and you are also the lucky winner of my prize! Contact me as to what Christmas book you are looking to purchase and I will get it for you!

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  4. I have The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson on standby to read this season. Every year around this time it shows up in lists of the best spooky or horror fiction. And I enjoyed Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle. So I’m finally going to read Hill House. Then I might also watch the newly released Netflix series adaptation of the book. Along with some YouTube videos based on spooky or ghost stories stories that I have in my to watch list. If l’m feeling brave!

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  5. I like reading scary books between October and February. The rest of the year I just read whatever. On my the for today are Wells short stories, The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter, and the Walking dead. All quite spooky/scary

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  6. I'm not sure if I do that much seasonal reading. I love fantasy and it goes well with every season I think. Halloween is the only season I make sure I read something special. Good Halloween reads are spooky and scary reads obviously (mysteries, Stephen King etc) and I usually dedicate the whole month for spooky books.

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  7. I always pick up something spooky at this time of year. (I'm currently listening to The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters.) Last winter I re-read the Harry Potter series and it was the perfect thing for cold weather. The blazing fires in the great hall, the Christmas feasts...it all lined up nicely!

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  8. I'm not really sure that this is a phenomenon that happens to me. The inverse of it certainly does. I can be outside in summer, reading a book that takes place in winter, and I'll feel the need to grab a jacket.

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  9. I'm not a re-reader but there are some genres I prefer for different seasons - definitely beach reads and lighter reads for the summer! Especially since that's when I'm finally off from school so I want something I can relax with. In winter, it tends to be mysteries or thrillers, I don't know what about that genre fits with winter so well but it's usually what I turn to

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  10. I don't usually reread unless it is a children's book with my daughter. I do however tend to pick up lots of books with beaches and such on the cover during the summer. In the fall, I love seeing all the covers with lovely colorful trees on the cover or maybe some harvest photos. I also like to read mysteries, thrillers or magical, ghostly, witchy books in fall. In the winter around the holidays, I tend to pick up books with holiday or snowy photos on the cover. And in spring I gravitate towards books with garden and flowers on the covers. I don't always read them all but those are the ones I tend to buy.

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  11. My favorite book of all time is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and I like to reread it best on the onset of spring. I like to read longer books like fantasy tomes during autumn, horror books around Halloween, winter themed books in winter and shorter books like graphic novels during summer.

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  12. THIS, right now - Autumn, Fall, extended spooky Halloween time - is my absolute favorite. I have signed up for 3 Halloween book swaps on Litsy and brought out all my horrors and thrillers on my TBR, and I am in my absolute element. I am also in a Horror Postal Book Club where we are mailing around our book picks (literally around the world to each other) along with notebooks, and it breaks up the other genres I read (everything but romance really). This weekend I definitely have 3 horror/thrillers on my TBR. It usually fits the rainy weather in Fall in Seattle but up until now, all we have had is sun!!!
    I read a LOT this summer (I flit a lot between genres) due to being on my back in bed; I have MS, so the heat really got to me this year. I am not a romance/beachy reader, NOR am I ‘holiday-book’ type reader. So really Fall-Autumn is really the only time of year when my horror/thriller book obsession fits the season!

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  13. I tends towards big, chunkster classic in the fall and winter. I compare them to the literary equivalent of a hearty stew. Once the leaves start turning, bring on the Victorians and the Russians!

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  14. I have no books I re-read every year or at a certain time or season. It's not something I've ever thought about! And there's no book I re-read every year. Except for the past 3 years I've re-read Ready Player One every year. lol.

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  15. I actually don’t particularly enjoy seasonal reading except for around this time of year. I LOVE reading anything spooky, scary, or creepy around Halloween. It’s my absolute favorite time of year for reading, too. Nothing beats reading when the leaves are falling and the rain is pouring. Then again, I do love reading when it’s snowing, too.

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  16. To me, the only books I actually associate with a season is Agatha Christie's novels - those are summer books. This is due to the fact that my mum loved them, loved the film versions of the books, and for some reason Swedish television would always be showing them in the summer (as well as Midsomer Murders). I grew up watching the films every summer, and so now that I've actually started wading through the books they instantly remind me of summers with my mother.

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  17. I don't think my reading is affected by particular seasons BUT I do believe in astrology, so I believe that my reading mood responds to what is going on in the universe at that time. For example, right now we've entered Autumn in the Libra season, and it's affected my reading by making me unemotional or making me read works that don't evoke a lot of emotion. It's also making me reach for intimidating books out of my comfort zone, which is typical for Libra since Libras push others to expand their minds.

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  18. The only books I've read seasonally are The Dark is Riding series. There's an annual Readathon where people read them with the timing of the books, and that ends up hitting each season. Photo on Instagram here: https://instagram.com/p/BpKrBPtAIY0/

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  19. I shared my seasonal reads on my Instagram (https://instagram.com/p/BpKuoIcHH65/)

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  20. I re-read A Christmas Carol most Christmas Eves, and I tend to save long books, whether literary fiction or Game of Thrones installments, for summer, when I have more time. I don't think I do particular spring or fall reading though. @WendyGassaway

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  21. September and October are perfect times to reread most of my Stephen King collection also Sherlock Holmes, that happened more when I lived up north

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  22. Dallas (Wicked Bookworm)October 20, 2018 at 3:45 PM

    I start getting into horror once October hits, and I read a lot of light romance/fantasy in the summer. For example, right now I'm reading Flowers in the Attic, and I read It's Not Like It's A Secret in May!

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  23. I like light, drama-filled books in summer, like Big Little Lies. For autumn, I love slightly heavier reads, like Lonesome Dove. For winter, I love big books to snuggle with, like Pillars of the Earth. In spring, I love romance, like The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare.

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  24. I do get inspired to read Halloween or Xmas themed books and might say I prefer some light reading during summer vacation. But other than that I did not notice a pattern in my reading habits.

    Although, thanks to the Readers Imbibing Peril reading challenge I did find out people associated autumn with some spooky genres.

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  25. Somehow I can’t make google sign in correctly. I’ll link to my goodreads to prove who I am then. https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/13383886-mona-vilje

    I get a strong urge to read Harry Potter during christmas. Probably because of the very well described christmases in the story. I guess fantasy in general appeals more to me in the colder season, there is a certain warmth to it.

    In the fall I always digest poetry better, anything of a poetic and otherwise strange language pleases me.

    In the summer I read a lot of non-fiction.

    In spring I tend to go for short, stand alone books. I often revisit one of my absolute favorite novels: the Outcast, by Sadie Jones.

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  26. I have a few Christmas books I return to every/every second year. Trisha Ashley's especially. Her book, "Twelve Days of Christmas" is one of the most Christmassy Christmas books I've come across and I'm always on the lookout for more like it.

    Also, somehow winter always makes me feel like rereading the Laura books. Especially "The Long Winter" - for obvious reasons. I don't really have anything for summer or spring.

    /Maria (maria.elmvang at gmail dot com).

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    1. I love your book choices - I am not familiar with either author - What are the Laura books? Thanks for participating.

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  27. I love readaing Rosamunde Pilcher's books in autumn/winter (my favourite seasons, and one of my favourite authors): they are set in these seasons, and have charming stories around Christmas, love, friendship, that make me love this season.
    Here is one of my favourites, Winter solstice: https://twitter.com/IsiOrejas/status/1053778842802970625

    My email: fromisi.orejas @ gmail.com

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  28. I'm re-reading the Harry Potter series for Halloween/Fall. I loved reading Dickens' A Christmas Carol at Christmas time a few year's ago. The last couple of years I've been reading Anne Perry's Christmas Stories series in December.

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  29. I know I definitely do this but more so for one season in particular and that is Fall and Halloween time...I love to read horror during then when I rarely read horror at all. I love reading 18th to 19th century gothic books year round though like "The Woman in White" and do like just about anything Edgar Allen Poe but my re-read that I do almost every year around this time is without a doubt is "The Shining". It's one if my favorites and the only book that has ever actually frightened me.

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  30. I love fantasy and science fiction in the fall and winter, particularly atmospheric. I finished The Wicked Deep right before the readathon, and it was such a great atmospheric read set off the coast of Oregon.

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  31. The minute September hits I start reading Horror, Mysteries, and Thrillers! For this readathon Im reading Haunted Castles by Ray Russell, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. I also read tons of Holiday Romances in December

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  32. I don't really reread specific books during the seasons, but I've noticed that I tend to read a lot more contemporary romance in the colder months and more sci fi/fantasy in the spring and summers.

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  33. I love reading seasonal reads. Especially Christmas books in December, horror/supernatural books in October and cute romances in summer.

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  34. During the spring, I like non-fiction and books about nature and the outdoors. During the summer I like YA books centered around adventure and/or LGBT characters for Pride Month. (These are two of my favorite categories anyway.) During the fall I love Horror and Thrillers. During the winter, I like emotional books that remind me that it's ok to feel upset and to show our emotions and that we aren't alone in how we feel. I also like murder mysteries around the winter months.

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  35. In the Fall, I like to read more science fiction and paranormal stuff, scary reads, mysteries . . .

    I really love The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore for a Christmas read! I tend to gravitate toward books that take place in Winter, are set in snowy and icy places and/or has a snowy setting on the cover. I like blue covers for Winter-time too.

    My favorite season is actually Spring, but I can't think of anything specific that I like to read during Spring or Summer except for maybe classics, but I enjoy reading a big variety during those seasons. I always take Moby Dick with me to the beach - I've been doing that the last four or five years . . .

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  36. October and December are when I usually do seasonal reads. I love reading scary books in October but I don’t care for them other times of the year. And December I like to read Christmas books , my favorite being The Birds’ Christmas Carol.

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  37. I dont really read based on the seasons, but has the days get shorter I tend to pickup denser and slower books. Is it some kind of literary hibernation? Falls feels slower too me so maybe my reading rythme is adjusting

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  38. It's very rare that the season we're in influences my choices on what books to read. I don't usually leave my comfort zone so I pretty much read the same things all year long! But I have to admit, I like to leave the spooky reads to October :)

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  39. Completed the mini-challenge on my blog! :)
    https://wp.me/pagmwu-gv

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  40. My favourite season is summer, but for some reason Winter is where I have the most "bookish" traditions. I grew up with my father reading us "The Night Before Christmas" every Christmas Eve...and we haven't missed one yet in 33 years! The tradition is very strong in my family and I will likely carry it on as long as I can with my nieces and nephews. I've also been reading A Christmas Carol every December for the past few years. Another tradition passed on by my father who collects all the different versions of the movies...I have started my own book collection for this wonderful seasonal read :)

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  41. I tend to read spookier books in the fall, mainly because of Halloween. Otherwise I don't tend to read a specific type of book for any other season. I do read more when colder weather sets in. I think its just a comfort thing to have a good book and blankets and tea/hot chocolate

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  42. I don't usually do the seasonal reading thing except for reading Christmas stuff at Christmas time. This year, though, I'm craving the spooky stuff for Halloween.

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  43. I know a lot of people Like to read according to seasons, but I just can't do it. I tell myself every October that I I should some spooky things and maybe sometimes I will read one, but mostly that all goes away because I am a huge mood reader. The closest I come is wanting to read a trashy romance if I am on holiday or having a beach day.

    Here is my page for anyone who is interested :) https://jazminjade.wordpress.com/

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  44. I definitely read holiday-themed books around Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine's Day. I try not to read books I know will be real downers during the winter, when my emotional reserves are at their lowest. Other than (and sometimes in spite of) that, any book is fair game at any point in the year.

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  45. Quite classic, I know, but I love love love to read spooky books in October and Christmas books in December.
    Not so classic: the summer for me is the scifi season - not sure why, I've just always spent my summers reading scifi short stories, so the two things are linked in my mind. It's not summer without scifi!

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  46. I tend to read a few crime novels during Easter (one of the "weirder" Norwegian traditions), horror/spooky stuff during the autum and Christmas-themed books in December. The rest of the year is usually "free for all". :-)

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  47. I read A Christmas Carol EVERY year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and have since high school. I read Pride & Prejudice almost every spring.

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  48. I'm not aware that I read seasonally. I don't think seasons affect my reading choices much. Other than how I read--indoors or outdoors, what I eat or drink while reading, etc. My reading is usually just influenced by release dates, deadlines (for blog tours/review requests), and my mood. Though I do prefer reading in the Fall/Winter because of the cozy feels. ^_^

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