As Princess liked to remind me all last week, it’s fall.
Which means that somehow in the middle of our crazy summer in limbo trying to sell our house followed by almost a month of medical stuff…the seasonal change snuck up on me.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed our summer including time on a beach in California. But there’s just something about fall that makes me eager to crunch through a pile of leaves, sip hot apple cider, and then curl up with a book.
It’s the season for reading! Then again, winter is perfect for books by the fireplace with snow drifting down outside. And spring makes me want to try new authors or series while listening to the rain. Oh, and summer beach or pool or backyard hammock reads are also a favorite.
Okay, so it’s always the season for reading in my mind.
But seasons exist outside the calendar too. There are seasons of life like childhood, teens, college, single, married, with young children, soccer-mom status, empty nesting, retirement, and so on.
Plus as I’ve recently endured, seasons of health or sickness. Wealth or extreme frugality. Job transitions. Moving. Stress or celebration. Pursuing a dream and then achieving it. Preparation and then execution.
There are also seasons within reading. A deluge of Christmas novels is around the corner plus there are stories set in exotic locations, on tropical beaches, in the fall, or centered around other holidays.
And…I have found as an avid reader with a wide range of interests, there are seasons in my reading choices. Am I in the mood for contemporary sweet romance or something more suspenseful? Amish or military? A trip back in history to medieval times, Regency era, Civil War, prairies, or frontier gold rush adventures? A trip to the future with a dystopian title? Or another world thanks to fantasy?
During our hospital saga, I found myself looking for military and high action suspense titles to keep me awake while keeping vigil. Now that the dust has settled, I’m currently looking to escape into fantasy with a totally different world that doesn’t resemble mine. But I can already tell that before long I’ll be headed for another historical fix to inspire my writing.
So I guess you can say that there are seasons of reading for all sorts of reasons.
What about you? What are you currently reading? Do your interests change depending on what’s going on in your life? What’s your favorite genre?