Discussion Time!


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…

POOF. WHOOSH.

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.

A Place at the Table

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?

Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables, #3)

And I think that’s a wrap!

12 Comments

  1. I really don’t think about seasons when reading a book either. If it is near Christmas time and I’m reading a Christmas book, then great, but I really don’t care. Nice post! I’m loving this packed full blog week, Eleanor!

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  2. Great discussion, Eleanor! I’m not much of a seasonal reader, but I definitely agree that the color scheme of the color contributes to my perception of a book as “autumnal,” “wintry,” etc. And I agree about how weird the cherry on top analogy is… I’ve never actually seen anyone put a cherry on their whipped cream… 😶😂 Loved reading this post, Eleanor! 💕

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    1. Thanks so much Abby! Color schemes are always chosen carefully — haha, I just realized, color SCHEMES lol, that’s probably not funny. Haha I wanted a cherry on top sundae GIF but I guess it didn’t work that way. Thanks for reading and commenting 😀

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  3. Lovely post….I must say you are getting amazing at writing discussions 😉 I have not thought of seasonal reads the until I saw everyone’s autumn Tbrs come out 😂 i agree with all your points about a seasonal read…I mostly associate autumn with coming of age and spooky reads ….for coming of age I will recommend with the fire on high….for spooky I am kinda blank 😅 I am not much of horror reader.

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    1. Ahahaha thank you so much Krisha, that means a lot!! Haha, right, now I’m thinking about my autumn TBRs…ooh yes, autumn is like a developmental season and it makes sense that it reminds readers of coming of age stories, when young people are developing into the best version of themselves they can be. Ooh I’ve heard so many great things about With the Fire On High (and the mouthwatering food descriptions haha) same, I don’t read a lot of spooky but I want to revisit one of my favorite classics The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde soon! Me neither I’ve probably only ever read one or two horror books. Have a lovely October!!

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    1. I think when we picture seasons, we immediately think of accompanying holidays! Ah, it’s always so cozy to read about Christmas, the Little House Books did it so beautifully. Haha how we wish we could go to Hogsmeade and eat at Honeydukes and drink at The Three Broomsticks!! Thanks for stopping by 😀

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