One of these days I will read enough books that I can post a review instead of just spouting off my thoughts about bookish topics that occur to me. Today is not that day.
As summer fades into fall, I find myself thinking about books I want to read in the coming weeks and months. In a few weeks, we'll be doing a Top Ten Tuesday post about the books we plan on reading in the fall. I'm not pre-empting that topic. I know that a lot of people always participate in those because reading plans are fun to think about and I don't want to take away from that.
Instead, I've been thinking about the WHY behind these reading choices of mine. For instance, I always want to read something kind of spooky in October (Dracula, I believe, for this year); I think that fall is the ideal time to read Moby Dick; I gravitate towards Faulkner every spring; I think about reading Leaves of Grass every fall and every spring; and I want to read long epic works every summer. Fall is also when I find myself wanting to finally take on (and stick with) the Rory Gilmore list, even though I am atrocious at sticking to lists. I'm sure I'm not the only one who falls to the same topics on an annual basis. But why do we do that?
OK, the spooky thing in October is pretty easy to explain. We're trained to look for the spooky around that time of year because of Halloween.
But the other things...why should the temperature is outside or the upcoming holidays make me want to read this or that? Does is have to do with the cover of the edition you have? Does it have to do with the title? Or is it perhaps the subject matter? Or, maybe less specifically, do you find your reading habits or preferences changing over the season or do they pretty much remain constant?
Personally, I think it's all of the above. My copy of Moby Dick has a really somber cover and it has red and that makes me think of fall. Leaves and grass are emblems of fall and spring, respectively. I think that in the summer I imagine a version of my life where I have tons of free time to do nothing but read all day. That never happens. My reading stays pretty constant throughout the year, despite my best efforts to read more at different times, like during the summer or over Christmas break. And the Gilmore Girls thing...maybe it's because the fall is when I am at my most organized with the new school year, so I think about organizing my reading as well. The Faulkner thing is purely inexplicable.
What about you?