Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by the amazing Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion! This week’s topic is Reading Seasonally. Interesting, huh? Kudos to Davida @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog for suggesting such a great topic!
I shall now uncork the bottle of my thoughts and shower it over this blank page…
Hopefully my thoughts have manifested well on this page!
For this particular discussion, I’ll be answering the questions that went along with this prompt. Here we go!!
First of all, what makes a book a spring / summer / fall / winter read?
I rely on the color palette of the book cover and / or the mood or tone of the book — if I’ve read it — when categorizing a book as seasonal. For instance, a cover with a gray and white color scheme, or one that is a purply black mysterious and intriguing (did that make sense?), I might classify as a winter read.
Do holidays have to be included to feel seasonal?
I think it definitely adds to the whole ‘seasonal’ aspect, but I don’t think they have to be. They’re just the cherry on top (or the icing would be more accurate), but they aren’t the waffle cone.
What a weird analogy…
Can a book still be “seasonal” even if it takes place in multiple seasons?
I think so. For example, the cover of the novel A Place at the Table by Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan reminds me of summer and Thanksgiving, due to the bright colors used (summer) and the design layout of food (Thanksgiving). Thanksgiving is in autumn, the season that precedes / follows summer, based on how you look at it, so I do believe that as long as seasonal feels are present, books can be called seasonal.
What are some examples of books you think are strongly rooted in certain seasons for you?
I actually don’t really think about seasons when I read 🤔 Should I? I’m certainly thinking about it, doing this discussion right now, haha. Anne of the Island (that’s right, my go-to comfort read of a classic) definitely reminds me of all four seasons — not only do certain settings apply to certain seasons (Redmond with autumn and winter, transitional phase with spring, Avonlea with summer) but Anne goes through developmental changes and moods that could be associated with seasons…if that makes sense?
And I think that’s a wrap!