Saturday, July 20, 2013

Caffeinated Confessions #7 Seasonal Reader



Welcome to Caffeinated Confessions

I wanted a forum where we could talk about bookish subjects from swoon-worthy covers to the price of eBooks. I will share my thoughts on a different subject each month and ask you yours. In the process I hope we get to know each other a little better. I made a pot of hazelnut coffee and have some grey earl tea so grab a cup and let's chat:

Seasonal Reader?!?

As I took a look back over the last few years of reading it became glaringly clear that I am a seasonal reader. While I still read a multitude of genres all year long, my genre mood is affected by the weather outside. So it got me wondering is it me or does this happen to everyone?


Just as I crave flip-flops and braids in the summer my reading mood changes to beach-side tales, romances, coming of age and hot, smexy reads. I want that promise of love ever after, for characters to find themselves and be witness to a second chance romance at an island beach house. I want happily-ever-afters. Fluffy, feel good romances whether they be filled with dukes, rogues, tattooed college boys are swoon-worthy cowboys.


When the leaves begin to turn and sweaters are all in fashion I look to thrillers, mysteries and ghostly tales. I want serial killers, and paranormal woo-woo. I want my romance wrapped in paranormal suspense or on the side. I want dark, gritty and magical books. I want my men to be alpha-males, shifters, vampires or tough rugged men who face danger or solve crimes. Give me snarky characters and kick-ass heroines  I want to be surprised by twists and turns and scared out of my freakin' mind. Send in the zombies, aliens and paranormal creatures! 


As winter sets in and snow falls I find myself swept up in holiday tales, historical fiction, dystopians and urban fantasy. I am not going to lie to you, if you slap some snow, a holiday dress, christmas tree or one of those cozy snow covered cabins on the cover with a holiday title..I start to drool. It doesn't matter what genre..I want my holiday spirit, miracles, romance and inspirational reads! As the holiday ends and the new year begins, I want meaty books; dystopians, post-apocalyptic, trilogies, steampunk, thrillers and more. 


When the birds start chirping and flowers begin to peak out from the ground I want fantasy, romance, and swoon-worthy characters. Give me books on hope, redemption, new begins. This is when I am most likely to read books that touch me emotionally and have a good cry. 

Of course I love all of these books all year long, but am drawn to them the most at certain times of the year, so my question to you dear reader: Are you a seasonal reader?  
                                                    ~ confessions of a seasonal book addict 

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At July 20, 2013 at 12:31 AM , Anonymous readingdiva said...

I can't say I am a seasonal reader, but mood affects what I decide to read.

 
At July 20, 2013 at 12:42 AM , Anonymous Dianne said...

I like this idea!
I do the same thing with the seasons women's fiction spring and summer mysteries gothic
and foodie books in the winter months

 
At July 20, 2013 at 12:48 AM , Anonymous Angelas Anxious Life said...

I have never been a seasonal reader. I agree with a comment below though that my mood can change what I read. Or if I just finished a really large book I will then want a really light read next.

 
At July 20, 2013 at 12:58 AM , Anonymous kindlemom1 said...

It isn't just you, I do the same thing. For whatever reason I like contemporary reads in the winter, along with anything Christmas or winter themed, light fun reads in the summer as well as dystopians and then mysteries in the fall. I have no idea why that is but, it is what it is. Of course, I don't only read those genres during those months but I do focus more on them during that time.


I also tend to read longer books in the winter, I think because I have more time to read since I am not outdoors as much.

 
At July 20, 2013 at 1:52 AM , Anonymous Christy (Love of Books) said...

Yes, for sure. But I don't always get to read the books I WANT because of review books. I'm changing that though. I want more happy love stories right now.

 
At July 20, 2013 at 2:51 AM , Anonymous Tanja said...

I honestly though that I was seasonal reader but it turned out that I'm not. I always though that I read contemporary novels in summer and fantasy during the winter. But last few books that I've read were mix of both. So I guess I can read anything regardless on season. Great post :)

 
At July 20, 2013 at 4:08 AM , Anonymous Michelle said...

I don't think so. I read with my mood, which isn't really connected to the weather. I've tried seasonal reading but usually I get really tired of it and I have to move on to something else.

 
At July 20, 2013 at 4:13 AM , Anonymous Blodeuedd said...

I never got the seasonal thing. I just read whatever I wanna read the most :) But I do try to read xmas books around xmas

 
At July 20, 2013 at 4:16 AM , Anonymous Diamond Nazaneen said...

Hmmm, I'm not sure, I'll have to think about it. I DO know that I read based on my mood...which changes more often than the seasons ..a lot more often. Haha. ^_^

 
At July 20, 2013 at 5:11 AM , Anonymous Kat (AussieZombie) said...

I'm an anti-seasonal reader :) I read horror books on beach holidays and 'beach reads' in winter! Although maybe that's just my personal seasonal variation!

 
At July 20, 2013 at 5:20 AM , Anonymous Jackie B. said...

Well I'm not as in depth as you are. Wow! You are incredible I How does one compare? I've been reading mostly urban fantasy/paranormal novels for the last year and a half, so I can't say if I am a seasonal reader or not cause IDK

 
At July 20, 2013 at 7:40 AM , Anonymous Pam@YAEscapefromReality said...

What a lovely way to describe my own changing moods. I've never considered its related to seasons but I think your right! ~ Sheri

 
At July 20, 2013 at 8:11 AM , Anonymous Danny Bookworm said...

Ah that is a wonderful post! And.. it got me thinking about my own reading moods. But I realized they often do not have something to do with the season. I think the only exception is summer and especially when I'm away on vacation. There, I spend often all days long on a beach and then I tend to read more beachy summer reads:)

 
At July 20, 2013 at 9:25 AM , Anonymous Kerri said...

I do the same thing-when it gets hot out there-Northeast heatwave!- i like something light and easy. I started the New Year by reading Anna Karenina.

 
At July 20, 2013 at 10:07 AM , Anonymous Gin's Book Notes (Ginny) said...

I do the same thing. I believe it's called being moody. :)

 
At July 20, 2013 at 10:10 AM , Anonymous Gin's Book Notes (Ginny) said...

You have SMD, Seasonal mood disorder, except with books.

 
At July 20, 2013 at 10:12 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I would agree my mood plays a role as well, but I tend to read certain genres more at different times during the year..perhaps the weather affects my mood! LOL

 
At July 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh I like foodie books Dianne!!

 
At July 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I think the weather affects my mood!

 
At July 20, 2013 at 10:16 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Exactly, I gravitate towards certain themes more, and even though I still mix things up I am just naturally drawn to particular ones at particular times during the year.

 
At July 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I can see you being a moody reader with a hint of seasonal..LOL

 
At July 20, 2013 at 10:18 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Tanja it doesn't mean you would only read one type.,.simply that you are drawn to certain ones and certain times of the year..I still read all of these types all year long..but at different times of the year I seek them out more.

 
At July 20, 2013 at 10:20 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

by seasonal reading you mean holiday themed and such? I still read all of my genres all year long, but noticed a heavier mix of book types at certain times of year..like "fluffy and romantic in summer"

 
At July 20, 2013 at 10:21 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ah you are an Xmas reader!

 
At July 20, 2013 at 10:22 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

my mood affects me too, I still read everything all year long, but see an increase in certain types at certain times of year and it fell into a loose pattern over the last three years.

 
At July 20, 2013 at 10:23 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

that doesn't mean your anti-season but it does mean your a seasonal reader! You have certain books you are drawn to at certain times of year...although I love horror, thrillers all year long..and zombies on the beach..cool!

 
At July 20, 2013 at 10:32 AM , Anonymous Blodeuedd said...

Totally :) I have already planned out which books to read too. I do not have many xmas books, but I got some with snow covers lol

 
At July 20, 2013 at 10:44 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hehehe, I use to go through spurts of particular genres..LOL

 
At July 20, 2013 at 10:44 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Sheri, we aren't moody we are seasonal! It sounds so much nicer:)

 
At July 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

yeah summer does call me to those type of reads!

 
At July 20, 2013 at 10:50 AM , Anonymous Mel @thedailyprophecy said...

Haha, how funny! I don't think I do that. I prefer to stick with the genres I love and I like to branch out now and then, but that isn't really based on the weather.

 
At July 20, 2013 at 10:53 AM , Anonymous frodosco said...

I'm definitely not a seasonal reader at all. I'm a random reader, bouncing from one genre to the next on a whim and to keep things fresh and interesting. My last four reads were YA Mystery, YA Historical Fic/Sci-fi, Adult Fantasy, and Erotica, so clearly I don't clump my genres together. ^.^

 
At July 20, 2013 at 10:58 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Now you know me Frodo, and I never read the same genre back to back..but within those genres there are some I enjoy more at certain times of year..which means for example what you are reading now..in the summer I would look for a cozy mystery, a historical or sci-fi in YA or a romance, fantasy would be light not a high fantasy and even the erotica would be more on the fluffy side..that's not to say a heavy, dark read won't get tossed in..but if I am looking I tend to go lighter and fluffy in the summer.

 
At July 20, 2013 at 10:59 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I read all genres, but do tend to gravity towards some more than others at certain times of year

 
At July 20, 2013 at 10:59 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hehehe!

 
At July 20, 2013 at 11:00 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

now seasonal reader sounds so much nicer:)

 
At July 20, 2013 at 11:00 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

see you get me!

 
At July 20, 2013 at 11:25 AM , Anonymous A Voracious Reader said...

I'm not a seasonal reader. Even before I had a review queue I just read whatever took my fancy and I don't recall any sort of pattern. Though I do tend to *prefer* reading holiday-themed books around that particular holiday, it won't prevent me from reading a Christmas story, say, in June.

 
At July 20, 2013 at 11:46 AM , Anonymous candacerobinson said...

I never thought I was a seasonal reader before, but this summer I have really been wanting to read just a bunch of summery light reads!

 
At July 20, 2013 at 12:02 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hahaha... every genre I read in the summer tends to be lighter in theme and not dark and gritty.

 
At July 20, 2013 at 12:03 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

oh no I won't read a Christmas book in July ..LOL

 
At July 20, 2013 at 12:37 PM , Anonymous A Voracious Reader said...

LOL

 
At July 20, 2013 at 1:18 PM , Anonymous Michelle said...

I guess I mean that as well as the saving certain kinds of reading for certain times in the year. I have to have a mix of books throughout the year or I get really bored. Sometimes I get on genre kicks but they don't go with the season, just my mood.

 
At July 20, 2013 at 1:19 PM , Anonymous Pnrurbfantasyreviews said...

I'm totally not a seasonal reader, unless it's a holiday theme. Like, I can't read Christmas books in the summer. I usually read whatever I'm in the mood for at the moment, and lately it's been New Adult. :D

 
At July 20, 2013 at 2:07 PM , Anonymous Jennifer said...

I'm somewhat of a seasonal reader. Of course you know I love my holiday books, and I do tend to want lighter and fluffy things in the spring/summer, and more paranormal/creepy in the fall. I never thought about it before though!

 
At July 20, 2013 at 2:12 PM , Anonymous Andrea @ The Bookish Babe said...

I don't think I'm much of a seasonal reader. But, I do tend to read/review some of the holidays books, so maybe I kind of am? I love the pictures you shared!

 
At July 20, 2013 at 2:28 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

*nods head* see, i didn't think I was either since i read so many different genres..but when I look closer within those genres a pattern emerged!

 
At July 20, 2013 at 2:29 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Andrea, while i read all genres all of the time..i noticed within certain themes or heavier and lighter novels depending on the season.

 
At July 20, 2013 at 3:58 PM , Anonymous Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

Oh, yes, I'm definitely influenced by the weather, but even more so, I get stuck on one thing and can't seem to let go. It's pretty aweful when you WANT to stop reading a genre and choose something else instead, but just can't force yourself to do it.


Summer affects my reading choices more than any other season. I'm all about feel-good, light and fluffy. What's the last angst-free, preferably funnycontemporary romance you read?

 
At July 20, 2013 at 5:13 PM , Anonymous Sharon - Obsession with Books said...

A wonderful post Kimba! I've never really thought about it but I don't think I'm a seasonal reader, I read based on mood, which constantly changes lately ;)

The photo's in your post are beautiful! that tropical beach looks so appealing at the moment (I say as I shiver with the cold)

Have a great weekend!

 
At July 20, 2013 at 5:53 PM , Anonymous Fantasy Is More Fun said...

I had never thought about it, but I think I'm definitely not a seasonal reader. My mood is constantly changing and I get so addicted to series that season never really becomes a factor. I think the one exception may be holiday books, I tend to read them in the fall/winter, but I'm not sure if that's seasonal reading or my susceptibility to Kindle advertising. Lol

 
At July 20, 2013 at 6:48 PM , Anonymous Sam @ Realm of Fiction said...

I don't think I ever really considered myself a seasonal reader (and I probably still don't), but I can't deny that the sun/heat these last few weeks has been having an effect on me! I've definitely found myself picking up more older contemporaries and romances, just to have something light and cute to make reading less of an effort. I read about 5 or 6 contemporary books in a row last week, and any other season, I'd probably pick up around one a month. It's interesting to think about! Great post, Kimba.

 
At July 20, 2013 at 7:01 PM , Anonymous Mariana_BookTravels said...

I'm not a seasonal reader but sometimes my reading habits change a bit. Currently I'm a fan of paranormal or erotica, but not really in a mood for young adult. Go figures. I guess we are just peculiar. LOL

 
At July 20, 2013 at 7:09 PM , Anonymous Jen Ryland said...

I don't know if I'm that much of a seasonal reader-- sometimes in the winter I enjoy a book set in summer and vice versa. I definitely read more books in winter and summer than in spring and fall….

 
At July 21, 2013 at 2:57 AM , Anonymous Trish Hannon said...

That's funny! I'm not a seasonal reader at all. I'm more of a mood reader, certain moods demand certain books. Which is partially why I never schedule books to be read, I never know what genre I'll feel like reading.

 
At July 21, 2013 at 4:26 AM , Anonymous Aurian said...

I can read Christmas books all year long, but I did notice recently that with the hot weather we are having, I want some fluffier reads. Still, I do switch my genres weekly so as not to burn out. I like reading about summer while I am shivering under a blanket too, so I guess not really a seasonal reader.

 
At July 21, 2013 at 6:10 AM , Anonymous Lola R said...

I have to admit I never much thought about this, until this summer. While normal I would like to say it doesn't matter which season it is, I read everything, that's usually true, but we're having some really warm weather here and for some reason instead of reading fantasy books I prefer to read contemporary romances. Not sure why, but I am reading contemporary book after contemporary book and some beta reads and reviews books to break it up. So I guess my reading does depends a bit on the season. Overall I do find myself having certain reading moods, like reading a lot of dystopia or urban fantasies behind each other, but due to reviews book it usually isn't that obvious.

 
At July 21, 2013 at 8:53 AM , Anonymous Farhana said...

I'd never thought about it but I'm definitely the same. The books I read depend on the season but also on my mood. I can tackle a super long book full of jargon when my mind is blank but if I've got a million things to think about, I prefer something fluffy and generally easy to read.

 
At July 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM , Anonymous Tanja said...

Yeah I know! But for me it really doesn't matter which season is...I tend to read different books all year long :)

 
At July 21, 2013 at 11:41 AM , Anonymous emaginette said...

Interesting observation, I think I do something similar. I read everything but until this moment didn't see a pattern.

 
At July 21, 2013 at 11:49 AM , Anonymous Nyx @ Unraveling Words said...

Huh..I had never thought of that, but I do know I'm definitly not a seasonal reader. I'm way too much a mood reader to be seasonal. I'll be reading all dark and gritty books and suddenly start reading cute and fluffy reads, then move on to dystopian xD Plus, where I live we don't exactly have seasons anyway. It's just always hot, sometimes with rains others with wind, but that's about it lol.

 
At July 21, 2013 at 11:52 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Well I am a mood reader too, don't forget I read around 250 books a year and just noticed certain genres and light vs heavy subject matter tend to change bring on more books of a certain type as the seasons change.

 
At July 21, 2013 at 11:52 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I read everything too, but notice at certain times of year I am more drawn to certain types:)

 
At July 21, 2013 at 11:53 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ah yes Farhana we are moody seasonal readers!

 
At July 21, 2013 at 11:54 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Yes...see I read all genres all the time..but tend to be drawn to different types within genres based on the season, so while I may only read one fluff book in say January, I might read 4 in July!

 
At July 21, 2013 at 11:58 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

oh no Christmas books in November and December only..LOL

 
At July 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh I am a mood reader too. I read about 250 books a year and noticed in Jan I would read one light and fluffy read but in July I read 4....

 
At July 21, 2013 at 12:03 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Oh I do that too, but I noticed I choose more fluff in July than say January. I read a lot, and while I read all genres all year long I am drawn to some subjects, genres more at certain times.

 
At July 21, 2013 at 12:04 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I generally will not read the same genre back to back..LOL and I like to mix things up a lot, but I tend to choose more of one type as the seasons change:)

 
At July 21, 2013 at 12:06 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Well you know I read a lot, so I noticed I tend to pick or crave certain books at different times of the year and what you said about your current reads is what I mean 6 fluffs in July and only one in Jan.

 
At July 21, 2013 at 12:07 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh I love holiday books:)

 
At July 21, 2013 at 12:07 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I love that pick too, and my mood can be a factor all year long:)

 
At July 21, 2013 at 12:09 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh no, I do not have that issue, I really cannot read the same genre or series back to back. The Bella Andre Sullivan series.

 
At July 21, 2013 at 9:37 PM , Anonymous Jennifer Bielman said...

I love this post. I always wondered about seasonal reading. I've noticed it on some blogs, how certain peeps focus on certain books during diff times of the year. For me, it's just not how it works. I a mood reader. I read based on my mood unless its a scheduled read.

 
At July 21, 2013 at 9:55 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I am a mood reader as well, but noticed I read 6 romances in June and only one in January, thankfully I read so many genres you aren't flooded with one genre on the blog..LOL My mood can swing what I read too.

 
At July 21, 2013 at 10:35 PM , Anonymous Chelsea M. said...

This is a great topic. I have never really thought about it but now that you mention it I think I do kind of gravitate towards different types of books depending on the weather. Though I live in Seattle so we really only have 2 seasons; Rain and Summer :-)

 
At July 22, 2013 at 12:55 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

:snort: I love it Rain and Summer..LOL

 
At July 22, 2013 at 2:12 AM , Anonymous Naomi Hop said...

I don't think I am a seasonal reader, I usually grab the first thing that jumps out at me when I look for something for me to read that is not on my to be reviewed list. Great subject though!!

 
At July 22, 2013 at 8:08 AM , Anonymous Holly Letson said...

That's an interesting observation, but I don't think I am like that. I tend to read whichever catches my attention at the time. But, I do notice that I am drawn to series books over standalone books. So, if I have 4 books of a series and 4 books that are separate on their own stories, I definitely grab the series ones to read.

 
At July 22, 2013 at 8:16 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Naomi I would be interesting to see if the books that jump out at your change at certain times of year or by your mood.

 
At July 22, 2013 at 8:16 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I love series too, I like getting invested in the characters and have separation issues!

 
At July 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM , Anonymous Jenea Whittington said...

I don't think I am really a seasonal reader, I just read the books that I either need to read or want to read. :)

 
At July 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

hmm, so you read whatever you are in the mood for at the moment or an arc? You can always look at the books you chose to read and see if you select more of one genre at certain times of year.

 
At July 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM , Anonymous Kay @ It's a Book Life said...

This is a great topic! I am a semi-seasonal reader. I do read more romance in the summer than anything. I do however tend to lean toward romantic comedies in the winter when It's super cold and I just want to curl up with a good romance.

 
At July 22, 2013 at 12:40 PM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Kay, I still read all genres all year long, but like you notice that some genres appeal to me more at certain times during the year. I love romantic comedy as well:)

 
At July 23, 2013 at 12:11 AM , Anonymous Danielle Chapman said...

Interesting topic, I have never thought about this before. No, I am not a seasonal reader. I just read wheat I need to review or books I have been looking forward to.

 
At July 23, 2013 at 6:48 AM , Anonymous Holly Letson said...

I'm like that, too. I get close to the characters, almost as if they are my friends. And, when the series ends, I don't really want to say "Goodbye". I think that, sometimes, makes me read a book slower, if I know it is the final volume of the series.

 

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