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Discussion: Holiday Reading

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Have you heard of Hallmark Channel's "Countdown to Christmas"? If you've ever channel surfed, you can hardly miss it. From early November through Christmas, Hallmark broadcasts its legion of made-for-TV Christmas films. (I spend all of November yelling, "It's not even Thanksgiving!") They're all similarly cliched, sappy, predictable chick flick romances, but they're winter-y and/or Christmas-y. It's like watching Rudolph or Frosty or "It's a Wonderful Life" in mid-December. It's a tradition and it gets you in the holiday spirit.

And all that rambling leads to this question: do you like to read themed books around certain holidays or seasons?

I've seen lots of bloggers talking about summer reads, finding books about summer romances or beaches or cruise ships. And I know others who love pulling out the scary stuff around Halloween or on a dark and stormy night. I'm curious. Do you guys like to do anything similar, or maybe the reverse? Christmas in July? (Hallmark is doing a week of that right now, too.)

I know I sometimes feel like pulling out certain kinds of stories- usually light and funny or long and complicated- but it rarely has anything to do with impending holidays or seasons or even the weather.

Okay, now that I've rambled and left an awkward silence in my wake, it's time for you guys to fill it. ;) Do you have holiday-themed reading like Hallmark? Or is it something you would like to try?

Let me know, and don't forget to stop in tomorrow for this week's Top 10 Tuesday!

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  1. Yeah I don't really theme read based on holiday or season. I just continue to read what I normally would. Maybe for Halloween I notice if I read something creepy but I likely would have read it anyway.

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    1. Yep, I'm pretty much the same. :)

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  2. I don't usually do themes; I go with what I'm in the mood for. But I do find that around certain holidays, I do get in certain moods, and my reading usually matches that. For Christmas, I get in a whimsical, magical, other-worldly moods. So that's what I read.

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    1. That makes sense! Holidays do seem to affect our moods one way or the other. ;)

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  3. Yes I definitely do this! Mainly around Halloween for horror stories and Christmas for Christmas themed books, for me it's mainly because I love those holidays so much! When I think summer reads I tend to think contemporary but for the most part I don't read specific books in summer the way I do for holidays. Awesome post, this is such an interesting topic!

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    1. I figured Halloween and Christmas would be the two biggies! Now you point it out, you're right; a lot of contemporary stories feel like summer reads. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I kind of do this, I think. It's more seasonal. Whrn summer rolls around I prefer 'lighter' reads, things that would be defined as chick lit, contemporaries, and more romances. I think I just want something that isnt as involved so I can put it down and run outside whenever. In winter, I prefer the 'heavier', longer books because I just want to snuggle in a nest of blankets and never move!

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    1. That makes perfect sense to me. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  5. This is a good question. I do like beachy books in the summer. But I wouldn't say I go out of my way to read Christmas or winter themed books in the winter. I guess I would if that's what's releasing and I have it on my radar, but I'm not overly conscious about seasonal reading.

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    1. Maybe because we love the beach in the summer, but in the winter we want to forget the cold and snow? After the horrible road conditions last winter, I'm hoping for zero snow this year. Either way, good books are welcome any time of year, right? :)

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