The sun is shining somewhere, but not Wisconsin where the temperature is hovering at -13 degrees and the wind chill is -31. The good news for me is that I will be leaving for the airport in a half hour to head for Florida where the high will be 52 degrees and I consider that a heat wave.
As I was packing, I was thinking about what books to take. Usually, on vacation, I like fast, easy, fun reads, but I’ll be working while in Florida. This weekend I’ll be attending the Seymour Agency retreat for their authors in Orlando and I’ll also be speaking at several writer’s groups in Ft. Lauderdale, Naples and Coral Springs. But, because I’m not home, it’s still like a vacation for me.
So, what to read. Is there a distinction for you between winter and summer books? Do the seasons affect what you read. I do find myself drawn to Christmas books after Halloween, but other than that I find I like certain books in certain locations. I only read scary books in the light of day, I love reading light and funny in the darkest night. Sitting outside in the sunshine, give me a good mystery and huddled under an afghan I can’t get enough suspense. Paranormals go well with rainy days and historicals feel right anytime. When I’m down I need a pick me up and when I feel good, I want heart thumping thrillers. I guess I’ll pack one of each and make sure my e-reader is full.
What about you? What dictates what you will read next? Weather, atmosphere, emotions?
As a special treat, Susan Carlisle will be giving away a copy of her new book The Rebel Doc Who Stole Her Heart to one lucky commenter. Winner announced tomorrow.
Bottom Line: Whenever I travel, I always catch myself singing, “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”