Changing seasons, changing reads

Spring officially begins on Thursday, March 20, and I know a lot of folks are ready to put the winter weather behind them. Far, far behind them.

The cold temperatures have kept a lot of folks indoors over the past few months, including yours truly, and have certainly made curling up with a good book more appealing than ever before. But I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’ve been reading over the past few months and how my tastes and temperament often change with the seasons.

It Happened One WeddingIn the fall and winter months, I find myself turning to fantasy reads, whether it’s epic fantasy, young adult fantasy, or paranormal romance. Some of my reads this winter have included The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson and the Healer series by Maria V. Snyder, to name a few. Books with worlds and magic and characters and adventures that offer an escape from the unrelenting cold temperatures. And we’ve all had our fair share of those this winter. Thank you, polar vortex.

But as spring (and then summer) rolls around, I find that I’m in the mood for lighter, more contemporary reads, especially contemporary romances. One of my many anticipated reads for the spring is It Happened One Wedding by Julie James. Books where the heroine and hero meet cute and have their ups and downs before realizing that they’re crazy about each other. Stories that are as charming and hopeful as the unfurling of the spring leaves (but without all the woes of allergy season).

So I’m looking forward to the changing seasons and the changes in my TBR pile too.

What about you guys? Do you find that your reading preferences change with the seasons? Why or why not? What are some of the books that you are looking forward to this spring?

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10 Responses to Changing seasons, changing reads

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    I read such a variety of books. If I read too much of the same kind of book all the time, the genre gets stale too me. But I have been reading more contemporary women’s fiction lately. I picked up one of Robyn Carr’s books, loved it, and I’ve read about five more of her books since then. Though she has many more, I’ll probably cool it for a while, for the reason I said earlier. And I’ve read two awesome YA paranormals by an author named Jennifer Estep. lol I’d like to read more of them, but the Mythos Academy series is over now. Sniff.

  2. Amy Remus says:

    Hi Jennifer – Generally speaking, yes. I like to mix up the types of books I read based on the season, however, if that dark paranormal book is calling to me in the middle of summer then I would still pull it out. Lately, I am just trying to keep up with my TBR pile so it may not matter what books is next. I am looking forward to Julie James’ next book. Hers are always fun. As for others? Well, there are way too many to narrow down. It is a nice problem to have, right?
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  3. Misty Evans says:

    Great question, Jennifer. I do go through stages that match the seasons. I like light contemporary during the summer. Holiday stories at Christmas time. Paranormals at Halloween. When my kids were younger, I read a lot of YA.

    And when I was having back problems and spending a lot of time at the chiropractor and physical therapist’s offices, I read a lot of Gin books. I can, in fact, remember sitting at the physical therapist’s office for my first visit when I started Spider’s Bite. The therapy was necessary, but often very painful. I tried to channel Gin during those visits and pretended I was as strong and tough as she is!

  4. marilynbrant says:

    I can’t wait until it’s officially spring!!
    As for my book preferences, I’m always so far behind on my reading that I’m just pleased to be able to have some time to myself to delve into a long-awaited story. Although, I’ll admit, I’d rather not read anything involving snow and ice for a while 😉 .
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  5. Jennifer, I definitely go through stages. The seasons aren’t as varied where I live, we never get snow, so it goes from very, very hot to mild, probably 🙂 but I’ll go through a mystery phase or a science fiction phase. Right now, I just read a great contemporary romance, a genre which I haven’t read for a while, and really loved it, so I’ll look out for a few more of those.

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