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Old 09-19-2008, 06:20 PM   #1
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Winter Reading
Do your reading habits change with the seasons? I read a lot more, and the subject matter often changes to 'old favorites'. Some books I've read and reread many times. For example, there is the complete Annotated Sherlock Holmes that I reread every two years or so. Some stories I skip, but when I do read them, Jeremy Brett is the Holmes my mind conjures up.

Then there is Winter's Tale by Mark Halprin. Some people I've passed it on to love it, some just give it back shaking their heads. I'm thinking about reading, again, all of Shakespeare, and maybe, all of Poes' mysteries. Then there are the mysteries that always seem to come my way, as well as our Bible study. Around our anniversary, in January, I'll look through some of the older poets until I find a poem just right to give to my husband.

I'd be really interested to know if any one else changes what they read as the weather cools down . . . or what you like to read if you go to a warmer location for a visit or Snowbirding.
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Old 09-19-2008, 06:25 PM   #2
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I don't think I do. I love rereading some favorites though.
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Old 09-19-2008, 06:28 PM   #3
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A lot of my habits change depending on the seasons because we have more obvious seasons than some places (i.e. Jan in CA!). I do a lot more knitting in the winter and a lot more reading because we can't be outside and there seems to be less to do.

I'm reading Pride and Prejudice right now and I'm enjoying it so much. It's one of my favs.
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Old 09-19-2008, 06:32 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by knitgal View Post
A lot of my habits change depending on the seasons because we have more obvious seasons than some places (i.e. Jan in CA!).
Um.. yeah.
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Old 09-19-2008, 08:20 PM   #5
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I knit more in the winter and my reading stays about the same. I read anything that catches my interest at the library and then I have bookcases full of books I like to reread when I'm out of library books. I bough a half dozen books on knitting from KP's book sale and I will have time to sit down and read those later this year.
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Old 09-19-2008, 10:31 PM   #6
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My habits change slightly. I love to read cheap easy teen novels in late summer/early Autumn. Especially of the "horror" variety. haha. I recently bought a giant stack of Fear Street books from Value Village for 6 bucks. I am just finishing up the last one now. Cheap and easy teen thrillers are my guilty pleasure. I loved them 12 years ago, and I still love them now. haha.

For late fall/early winter I tend to lean toward classics. Especially if they involve cold weather... or the holiday's specifically. When I finish my cheap teens I will probably re-read Jane Eyre, and Wuthering Heights. I feel in a rut book wise right now, but it is difficult to get to a bookstore or library.

Last August all the way through till this August I pretty much just read the Twilight series over and over and over with like 2 other books in between. I will probably pick up Twilight again in November before the movie comes out on November 21.


And of course, back on topic -- In late Winter, when I am in the blahs, I will re-read Anne of Green Gables. I instantly go to a vibrant, fresh green Prince Edward Island landscape in my head, and since the majority of the story is in Summer or Spring it's just the pick me up I need when winter is no longer fresh and crisp, but soggy and grey.

Spring and Summer are fairly random, usually I'll re read Wicked, the Da Vinci Code, and some favourites from my childhood by Beverly Cleary when I need something light and sweet.

I love re-reading books... My mom does NOT like to do that. She reads it once and is done, but at some point I actually miss the characters, the setting, the time, the place.... I need to go back and be there again.
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Old 09-19-2008, 11:57 PM   #7
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I read cheap sleazy sexy stories in the summer, and save the big epic novels for the sutumn and winter. I read The Thorn Birds once a year, usually between Halloween and Thanksgiving. I also read the Outlander series (Diana Gabaldon)once a year, usually after Christmas, but they're so long (and I should be reading my textbooks) that it's usually spring when I finish.
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Old 09-21-2008, 01:52 AM   #8
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This is my first autumn & winter not facing the cold and snow, so I can't tell you. I read a lot more when I lived in Maine than I do now, because I am spending more time knitting. I tend to reread books whenever the mood strikes (or the budget doesn't include any new books).

I just moved today (record for me of 60 days between moves!) and am within walking distance of the library now. I am looking forward to checking out the classics they have on the shelves, plus Bug, Ladybug, & I will be attending their Keiki (children) Storytime when our schedule allows.
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Old 09-21-2008, 02:47 AM   #9
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Now that there is a DGD in our lives, I'm looking forward to rereading all the childrens books that I loved. Spent hours and hours in the library during the summer months and on Saturdays, the librarians knew me by name, and when a new book came in that I'd like they'd save it for me. When I tried to read Ian Flemings' books, at twelve, they called my mother and agreed I shouldn't. I read them anyway, sitting back in the stacks.

Books are friends, for sure.
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:01 PM   #10
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I too love to read.. I have all of the Outlander books. I used to live in the library in the summers when I was a child. My favorite librarian guided my reading and introduced me to many authors. My current favorite authors are Tom Clancy & David Balducci.
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