Question: Are You A Seasonal Reader?

Posted February 12, 2015 by Carmel in Question / 99 Comments


Valentine’s Day is knocking on our door, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY is about to hit theaters, along with a handful of other similar chick flicks, and the book industry is doing its annual Romance genre push which got me thinking. Do holidays have a different meaning for readers? Do you see Halloween as an excuse to get your horror fix on? Do you like to indulge in winter-y themed novels during Christmas? Or do you say screw you Aprilβ€”you’re not the boss of meβ€”I’m going to hang out with the Easter bunny in January!

Personally, I read what I want when I want, and I don’t let the calendar dictate what titles should currently be at the top of my review mountain. The fact that I have a strong dislike for anything that makes me break out in goose bumps, and that I’m about as merry in December as the Grinch might have something to do with my self-imposed boycott of all things seasonal too. Plus, I don’t exactly need a reason to crack open a Romance novel because they are already apart of my regular rotation.

I also have the darnedest time buying into a story when it’s taken out of context. Winters in Canada are about as fun as getting a root canal, so I do NOT want to prolong the experience by chilling with Santa in July. Summer lasts four months if we’re lucky which means that anything that reminds me of snow during that precious window can go take a hike! As for the remaining eight, I want to pretend that I’m on a beach somewhere with my favourite protagonists where the only frozen water in sight is in my glass. Those cutesy tales about being trapped with your honey because of a blizzard, or first dates that involve skating & hot chocolate might be sexy if you live in Texas where as I see ’em as complete BS. Please excuse my mini rant; it hasn’t stopped snowing since last Thursday, and the only one who’s happy about it is my Alaskan Malamute.

It's pretty until you have to shovel.

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I realize that I’m an oddball in this which is why I’m handing the floor over to you. There are tons of read-a-thons, and challenges that are holiday themed that y’all are probably participating in, so the question is:

Are You A Seasonal Reader?

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99 responses to “Question: Are You A Seasonal Reader?

  1. I don’t read seasonal type books. I am participating in a read-a-thon (no romance required) and a Valentine’s hop (no romance required). I don’t think I am a seasonal reader except around Halloween. I like a good scare then especially. I like that seasonal books come out but I don’t usually pick them up until I feel like it. I read what I want, when I want. Great topic!
    Karen Blue recently posted…Valentine’s Blog Hop

    • That’s interesting that you are participating in two V-Day themed events, but neither have romance requirements. Apparently I need to pay closer attention to challenge guidelines. I usually see the title / graphic, and immediately write ’em off.

    • Most of the time, seasonal reads are reserved for novellas rather than full length books which works out well for me because I generally skip those altogether anyway.

  2. I don’t read many seasonal stories. The ones that I do read are because they are part of a series that I’m already reading. For example, I read Gifted by Kelley Armstrong, which had two Christmas themed stories, one is Cainsville and one in Otherworld. I also read Caribou’s Gift which is part of Kodiak Point. I really have little desire to pick up a Christmas story for the sake of a Christmas story. I would be more likely to pick up something Halloween related, but I don’t do many of those either. I’ll read horror (or watch the movies) whenever I want.
    Melanie recently posted…Review: The Eterna Files by Leanna Renee Hieber

    • I read Gifted too, but that’s only because it was a Kelley Armstrong short, otherwise I probably would have skipped it. She’s the rare exception to my no holiday themed titles rule. I’ll read her stuff anywhere, anytime!

  3. Although I read horror when ever I feel inclined to do so, I do use October as a reason to get my scare on more than normal, to have fun things on my blog such as my Monsters, Madmen, Mayhem. Oh my! That I did last year. Some times I read Christmas books in December but I think that is the only times I might seasonal read..Valentine comes around and just reminds me I am still I pretty much just read what I am in the mood for. πŸ™‚
    Stormi recently posted…Review of Seeker

    • I think Halloween is the most popular holiday for bloggy themed events. The internet exploded with them which is probably why I don’t host one of my own. I’m a non-conformist like that. LOL! I get what you’re saying about V-Day too; I used to feel the same way when I was single.

  4. Lucia from Reading Is My

    I am a mood reader! I never pay attention to season or wheather when I pick my next read. I would pick something fluffy after very emotional and sad read, or I would pick contemporary after reading fantasy for a long time. Or I would re-read one of my favorites if I am in a book slump. But I never read by season.
    Great discussion post, Carmel! πŸ™‚
    Lucia recently posted…WAITING ON WEDNESDAY: Immaculate

    • That’s the only way to go IMO! I don’t mind it if an author includes tidbits about a certain holiday in one of their installments, just so long as they are minor details not the main focus.

  5. Yes and no! I know, how complicated could I be right? I do sometimes use the holiday or season as an excuse to read a holiday read or romantic read or even a horror but for the most part, I just read whatever sounds good at the time.

    I try not to read too many of one genre at any given time because I can get burnt out on it otherwise but other than that, I really don’t have a seasonal thing I do or don’t do.
    kindlemom1 recently posted…Review: Phantom’s Dance by Lesa Howard

    • Sometimes it’s unavoidable because the publishing industry times their releases to correspond with the seasons. If you look at NetGalley right now, there are TONS of romance titles. No way to get around it!

  6. Hi Carmel!
    I’m like you–I read pretty much whatever the heck I want regardless of the time of year, and do this year-round. Also? You’re pretty much bang on describing winters in Canada being about as fun as a root canal–from the first snowfall I’m already wishing for spring to come as quickly as it can πŸ˜‰

  7. LoL!!! As a Texas girl, your last comment made my morning!

    But on to the topic at hand. I read pretty much whatever I’m in the mood for. Sometimes I’m all about Paranormal Romance, but then I’ll need a little horror in my life so I’ll switch it up. You never know what might grab my attention. So, seasons don’t dictate anything for me.

    Now, I do go through emotion based reading seasons where I might not read for a few weeks, but that’s about it.
    Trakena Prevost recently posted…BOOK BLITZ: EYES UNVEILED BY CRYSTAL WALTON

    • The Texas gals are ganging up on me. LOL! I don’t go through emotional reading seasons per say, but it’s tough to get around seasonal depression here, so the winter months can be tough.

    • I don’t to well under pressure either which is why I avoid most challenges and read-a-thons. They kinda take the fun out of reading for me.

      I’m usually happy when it starts snowing in November / December, but by February I’m like melt already!

  8. Look at all your snow!!!! I know I’m the minority, but that would make me insanely happy. I love snow. Mostly because I work from home and don’t have to travel in it. Traveling in snow is an entirely different story.

    On to the question though – I’m sort-of a season reader I guess. I do tend to like lighter reads around the holidays, though not necessarily holiday-themed books. Just books that will make me smile. As a lover of snow, I don’t mind reading winter books in the summer either, though I do try to make sure I read some cute, fun, summery type books too:)

    • I should post another pic; we have even more now. It’s been a while since we’ve had this much snow. I’d rather the white stuff than the cold, but it’s getting to be a little much.

      I guess I’m kinda a seasonal reader in that I could devour beach books all year long. I have to live vicariously through authors…

  9. First of all – your dog is GORGEOUS!

    I wouldn’t say I’m a seasonal reader but I do tend to read more winter/holiday themed stories in December just because they are on sale and I impulse buy if they look fun. Not really because I’m in the mood for a holiday read.

    I don’t do it at any other time of year.

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

  10. I read whatever, whenever generally speaking. That said, I DO like season-themed stories and will save them until they suit the season. For example, all of the Christmas titles tend to arrive in October so for we bloggers this can mean getting Christmas reads in August and I am just not ready to read about snow and big dinners when my own summers are so short.

    How do y’all feel about ‘seasonal’ events such as holidays cropping up in non-romances? I always find it annoying when I’m reading say, a YA or UF title where they’re mentioning the dates as being days before a known holiday (that would be obvious such as Valentine’s Day or Christmas) and there’s never any mention of events related to it. I mean come on, even if the character isn’t celebrating it wouldn’t it be realistic that others around them in their environment would? If they stop into a diner is it unreasonable to expect a paper cupid is taped to the pie display?
    Rhianna recently posted…Review: Greta and the Glass Kingdom by Chloe Jacobs

    • I’m usually happy to receive advanced copies except when the Xmas titles start popping up. I’m with you on not wanting to have them on my Kindle in August.

      It does strike me as a little odd whenever an author mentions a special occasion, but the characters do absolutely nothing to celebrate it. Seems kinda pointless to me.

  11. Pili from In Love With  

    Seasonal reader? Not really no… I don’t mind reading something with snow and the like because where I live we are lucky if we get any at all during winter and the most you usually get to see are a few rogue flakes with a very short life span, but I’m not usually a big romance reader and since my break up even less, so the more romantic thing I plan to read for V-day is read Vision in Silver…

    Just like you, I read what I want when I want and fuck the calendar or the marketing plans to sell me stuff! =P
    Pili recently posted…Interview & Review: The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall!!!

  12. I’m with ya Carmel! I’m more of a “mood reader” so I rarely read seasonal stories around that particular holiday, maybe just a Christmas one every now and then, but they’re usually novellas of series I’m already reading. That being said, my mood changes all the time so I can totally read a Christmas themed book in the summer with no problem…LOL (don’t judge me!)
    Lori recently posted…Book Spotlight: The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr

  13. The only seasonal readings that I consider are the Halloween horror ones but even then if I don’t usually go with it. I like to read what I’m in the mood for when I want to read it. Romances I’ll read all year and I don’t really care for the Christmasy type stories. And yes it is pretty until you have to shovel or drive in it.
    Kristina D recently posted…Some Thursday Randomness

  14. What an interesting subject! I don’t think I’m much of a seasonal reader and tend to stay away from seasonal books, as I think they’re too constrictive to the writer. I’m not really a horror reader, so won’t read scary books no matter what the season. And if I want to read a romance, no way am I waiting until February! I do have to admit that it would feel a little weird to read a Christmas book in July, but that’s just me. πŸ™‚
    Terri recently posted…Death by Roses book review

  15. No – I am not a seasonal reader at all. I actually avoid all those “Christmas-y” type stories during the holidays; and if I want to read horror and/or romance I will do it anytime. Yet – I feel like the best horror books are published around Halloween – so I buy more. It’s a great marketing tool – you gotta give them that!
    tonyalee recently posted…Meet Kristen Kehoe | Interview + Giveaway

    • For the most part I avoid seasonally themed books, but Xmas especially. I just find them so freaking sappy. Halloween is more about fun than family, so I don’t mind it as much.

  16. I don’t consider myself a seasonal reader, I read what I want when I want. I already read a ton of romance so Valentines doesn’t make a difference to me. I love horror books which I pick up year round although I do find myself picking up more scary books in October then usual but I also love the hell out of Halloween and as far Christmas goes last Christmas was the first time I ever picked up a book with that theme but otherwise I read whatever I want to. I’m too much of a mood reader to follow the holidays and base my reading off of that.
    Angel recently posted…Review:Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

    • We should direct publishers towards this post to discourage them from releasing so many seasonally themed books because it’s official. The bulk of us are MOOD READERS.

  17. When a certain season comes along, I don’t think “well, it’s time to read a seasonal book!” However I see seasons as a way to remind me I should read that book I was putting on hold for such a long time.

  18. *snickers* HOORAY for mini rants! You already know that I read what I want, when I want as well, but I have to admit to one exception that I discovered I have this year—for pretty much the entirety of September and October, I was much more inclined to read creepy, spooky things. It was weird. I usually avoid all the scary things b/c chicken, but apparently for two months out of the year . . . *shrugs*

    But that’s the extent of it for me. For the most part, I think seasonal reads are . . . pointless. And if they’re Christmas reads, with they annoy the crap out of me b/c contrived and obnoxious. Bah humbug πŸ˜‰

    • I didn’t think there was anyone out there who disliked Xmas books more than I, but apparently I’ve met my match. We’ll have to compare notes to see who deserves the title of Queen anti-holidays. Hehe!

  19. Carmel, I didn’t know you had a pet wolf. Hahaha.

    I read sort of seasonal. For me, romantic contemps are a summery kind of read, and I’ll usually be in the mood for them then. I think it’s because their covers are always so sunny or roadtripy. I associate that with summer.

    I mostly read seasonally for Halloween. I will put off reading a scary book until September/October.

    I tried reading holiday books in December, didn’t work out too well. I think I only read one.

    • It shouldn’t come as that big of a shocker. LMAO! My obsession with wolves extends well beyond my reading preferences.

      It’s easier if they are more general, like summer-y instead of outright hohoho.

  20. I am a moodreader, but I don’think I am a seasonal reader, although for a while I had the urge to readmore contemporary romances during summer, but it isn’t like I don’t read naything else. It might be fun once in a while to read a book that coinces with the actualy season, but I haven’t had that happen often. I remember my last snow focussed book was read during summer and I was perfectly fine with that.
    Lola recently posted…Lola’s Ramblings: Commenting Back

    • You obviously don’t live in an area where you’re buried for 4+ months of the year, otherwise you wouldn’t be saying that. Romance and summer are a great combo though.

  21. Well, now that you mentioned Valentine’s, my MOM wants to see the 50 Shades movie 😐 Color me excited, lol, I wasn’t that into the books. The movie doesn’t have much chance either, lol. But seeing it with mom? Now THAT is going to make Valentine’s a thing in this year’s calendar, I tell you! *mwahahaha*

    I think I am a seasonal reader, but probably not in the sense someone might expect. I read hot romance in winter, romance set in winter time. Like maybe 3 to 4 noevellas per winter, that’s the most, lol. I don’t like reading summer reads in any season, mostly because I hate summer with a passion. And I don’t like uugggh-Xmas-family-time reads in any season, lol. No love for winter sports, summer sports, okay – any sports at all, no matter the season. And no love for gloomy autumn reads, because autumn is the best time of the year, damn it!

    So I am a seasonal reader, in a way… I think? I mean season pet peeves count as seasonal reading too, right? Right?…
    Livia recently posted…DNF: The Ultimatum by Katy Swann

    • That’s kinda an odd movie to see with your mom. I’m not sure how I feel about that. LOL! #1 and I were planning on seeing it, but we’re snowed in, and I’m not terribly disappointed about that.

      You’re an backwards seasonal reader. Haha!

    • I’ve never had a root canal, but I’ve heard they are rather unpleasant, so it seemed like an apt comparison. Hehe!

      I try to break-up my genres, no back-to-back for me. So, yeah, you’re weird. πŸ˜›

  22. I’m much more an emotional reader than a seasonal reader… If I find a Christmas story to read that looks cute, I don’t mind reading it in July while on the beach… and horror can be read at any time as well, but not as often as any kind of romance story πŸ˜‰
    The snow does look beautiful, Carmel, but I’m really happy it doesn’t look like that outside my own door – shovelling, huge boots and seventy-four layers of clothes is not what I feel like right now.
    My husband and youngest son are on their way to Montreal right now for the peewee hockey tournament, and between the snow and the cold, I’m not too disappointed I couldn’t come, too πŸ˜€
    Have a fantastic Friday. Happy reading.
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    • Wow! You just described my life, Lexxie. It’s like you live here! That’s why you asked me about the peewee tournament; I meant to reply to your tweet, but then a migraine set-in, and that was the end of that. I don’t think it’s televised in my area, but I will check.

  23. Mogsy from BiblioSanctum  

    Nope, unless I’m doing some blog event for some holiday or another, I’m not a seasonal reader. Like you, I pretty much read what I feel like whenever I feel it. During the month of October last year, I did indulge in a couple of horror novels though, but only because they were on hand. I don’t think I’d purposely go out of my way to read any particular books for any particular season/holiday.
    Mogsy recently posted…Book Review: Deadly Spells by Jaye Wells

  24. I’m a moody reader, not a seasonal reader. I read what I want when I want. However, I do on occasion read seasonal books but only if they’re by one of my go-to authors (especially if it’s part of a series), but I don’t read the seasonal book during it’s particular season — if that makes sense! For instance, one of my go-to authors had a Christmas novella out, but Christmas is too busy for me & I don’t get much reading time. I finally got around to reading the novella this month, LOL!!!

    • That’s basically how I roll too. I won’t rush out to read the latest Xmas novella by one of my fav authors, but if it’s part of a series I’m already knee deep in, then I’ll probably get to it eventually, just not in December.