The weather might be frightful, but winter reads are quite delightful …

The holidays are a distant memory, and we are well into winter now. That means cold temperatures and snow for many of us.

Me? I love the cold weather, and I hope that we get buckets of snow this year. 🙂

But I also find that the cold weather affects my reading habits. In the warmer months, I often find myself reading shorter books with lighter themes — things like contemporary romance or comics/graphic novels. Books that I can usually read in a night or two, in between all my other work and commitments.

crooked-kingdomBut in the winter, I like to read longer, more involved books — things like epic fantasy and large collections of comics that often take me several nights to read. All the books that I never seem to have time to read during the rest of the year, like Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

So why is that? I think a large part of it is the weather. The cold temperatures, the short days, the long nights — it all makes me want to stay inside where it is warm and toasty. Plus, once I sit down on the couch with my book, a microfleece blanket, and perhaps a mug of hot chocolate, I want to stay there for a while.

Also, the winter months, especially January, always seem to feel a little less hectic, especially after all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. It just seems like a good time to slow down, rest, recharge, and read a book.

Here are some more books on my TBR this winter:

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

What about you guys? Do you find yourself reading different kinds of books at different times of the year? Why or why not?

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4 Responses to “The weather might be frightful, but winter reads are quite delightful …”

  1. Chicory says:

    I used to try to read `Tom Sawyer’ every summer. So much of it takes place in summer, all the swimming and fishing… I like to read books over and over, and often the season when I first read it sort of becomes part of the book. (There’s one book where the first chapter always makes me think about digging potatoes.) I do think weightier books tend to be more wintry. And all those lovely new books that come out over the Holidays. Those are definitely winter books. Any books that you’ve gotten for Christmas also counts in the winter category. 🙂

    • Jennifer Estep says:

      Interesting. I hadn’t thought of reading a book during the time of year that it is set, but that’s a good point. Although I do try to read Christmas-themed books before Christmas.

  2. JenM says:

    I like to read holiday stories when we are coming up on a particular holiday, but otherwise, my reading doesn’t change much based on the seasons. Hmm, this makes me feel bad for all the people in the southern hemisphere who are drowning in snowy, wintry stories right at the height of their summer.

    • Jennifer Estep says:

      I like to read holiday books before the actual holiday too. I hadn’t thought of that. I wonder if people’s reading habits are reversed, like the weather is? Interesting idea.

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