Winter Reads vs Summer Reads

Barbara Vey -- January 6th, 2014
-13 degrees

-13 degrees

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.



Credit: Life of Brian

Credit: Life of Brian

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.”

19 thoughts on “Winter Reads vs Summer Reads

  1. Susan Carlisle

    I , like you , left cold weather. It is snowing and in the 20s at my house. But I’m in sunny California and 76 degrees.
    I like to curl up with any good book any time. Even Christmas ones can be fun in July. I’m currently reading Debbie Kaufman’s newest book “Journey of Love.” It is not to be missed.

  2. Shari Anton

    I just bought Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (Winner of Nobel Prize in Economics). Yikes :) . So, yes, I tend to read the Serious books during winter. I’m sure it has something to do with losing daylight so early and having more time to read in the evenings.

  3. ColleenC. :)

    Oh wow… look at that snow and ice! For me, my choices of book depend on my mood at the time I look at my TBR pile. I enjoy holiday reads anytime of the year… same goes for summer type reads. The book I read will be whatever calls to me when I take a look… I will go through periods of romance genres… lately I have been in a contemporary mood… before that was paranormal and before that some historicals… I go with my moods! Have a safe and enjoyable trip Barbara! :D

  4. Ellie Miller

    Although I live in Nevada where it’s presently sunny and sixties, naetheless I’ve been feeling the winter blahs and down in the dumpish lately and, in light of your question, just realized how heavily I’ve been drawing upon my own shelves and sequential rereads of favorite authors recently to lift my spirits. I wonder if I’m the only one here with a ‘feel-good’ authors mental classification: something about their styles/the stories they have to tell and/or the characters who inhabit those pages that’s dear and familiar and ‘comforting’ no matter how often I go there. There’s just something about knowing that all will eventually be well for people whom I LIKE and the sheer pleasure of seeing them arrive at that point in time is a real boost when my own spirits sag.

  5. M Bourke

    I’m more likely to buy a Christmas themed book in the winter because they’re more readily available, but otherwise, I don’t think there’s any seasonal pattern to my reading habits.

  6. Jan Terry

    It’s frigid here in Chicago, but at least I stocked up on books over Christmas! I just finished reading a Jill Shalvis Lucky Harbor book and am now reading a non fiction, One Summer: America 1927, by Bill Bryson. I chose it because my Dad was a young boy then and I want to put myself in his world. It’s a fascinating look at the world in 1927.

    I like reading Christmas books in December and mysteries in the summer, but certain authors anytime I can get my hands on them!

  7. Dianna Love

    I’ve never thought about it when reading, but I’ve heard someone recently say they read more historical romances during the winter. I agree with “it has to do with my mood,” but then weather affects my mood. So technically, I guess the weather does affect what I read. I’ll have to go back and look at purchases to see what books I read during different parts of the year. Good topic and enjoy Florida, Barbara!

  8. Lynne Wall

    I read Christmas themed books from Nov 1. – Dec 25th, I read lots of Rom Suspense when it’s cold out. Like Barbara, if there’s a scary/creepy theme in the book, I save those for daytime. Contemporary and Christian Fic I read anytime. Historical Romance mostly listen to on audio in the spring/summer.

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