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Thursday Thoughts: Are You A Seasonal Reader?

Thursday, September 21, 2017


September 21, 2017

“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Summer has come and gone and Fall has taken its place.

Now does this change your reading habits? The change in seasons tend to alter my habits and I love it. I naturally gravitate towards darker novels or Harry Potter when the days grow darker and the air cooler. I am not sure where the need comes from, but it just seems right, doesn't it? To read a scary book when a thunderstorm is booming outside. I think I also read a bit slower as well. I take my time to read and enjoy books a bit more. I believe it is because of the holidays. They tend to make me a bit more lethargic. 

I am not one for scary books, but ones with a little edge are great. Around this time last year I was reading the Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children novels by Ransom Riggs. They gave the perfect amount of spookiness for the season. I know a lot of people are reading Stephen King (HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. KING), but I am the biggest wimp when it comes to horror whether it is films or books. However, I think if you are going to read a scary book, this is the time to do it. I love when your own environment relates to the book you are reading. 


And it's not just horror books that you can read in the fall and winter. I personally love cracking into the Harry Potter books this time of year. Reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at Christmas is amazing. Twilight is another series I identify with this time of year. Basically any book that is set in the North and has supernatural elements are perfect books for the Autumn season. Weirdly enough I enjoy more series than stand-alones during these months. I don't tend to read much contemporary novels and stick to fantasy and mystery. Albeit I don't read much mystery, but if I do, it is usually in Sept-Nov. 

When it comes to Christmas and winter in general, I don't know if I have ever read a specific novel that coincides with either. I am currently reading the first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, but there is always snow in Winterfell so, not the best example is it? Do you have any winter recommendations? Let me know!

I think reading in general is just better in the colder months. There is nothing better than cozying up with a warm drink in a big sweater with a big book. It doesn't rain a lot where I live, but when it does I go outside underneath the awning, all bundled up and I just sit and read and drink a huge mug of tea. It's the little things in life. Currently, I am tucked into bed and burning my Forks candle from In The Wick of Time and it smells so much like home for me. I have Ben Howard's album on and the words are flowing. 


Some people enjoy hot days and a "beach read", but I never really understood that term. What qualifies a book as "beach read"? Strange, no? Anyways, I am pretty much the opposite. Even living in California, I dislike warm weather. Sure, at times, it can be nice, but I always prefer brisker weather. And that definitely shows in the books I read. It all gets tied together in a big autumnal colored bow. 

This time of year is my favourite. You can see that through my current reads, my blog colors, and especially my instagram. I am going full fall over there! There is just something so comforting about Autumn. So tell me, are you a seasonal reader? Do you enjoy scary books in October, romantic books in February, a classic "beach read" in July, or do you like them all the time? Let me know! 

This post was inspired by Rachel from Ramble On her latest post is full of inspiration! Check her out!

Here's to cozy reads!

- Haley 

2 comments:

  1. I love this post! I'm so happy you were inspired by something I wrote :)

    I'm the same in the way I don't really like horror books, I tend to head down the dark fantasy route (though I basically read fantasy all year round). I tend to read more contemporaries in the summer but I don't have a "beach read". But even if I prefer a certain genre at a particular time of yet, I'll still end up reading whatever I'm in the mood for whether it suits the season or not.

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