Thursday, April 24, 2008

Spring - Booking Through Thursday


For this week's Booking through Thursday Deb writes:
"Well, here where I live, Spring is sprung–weeks early, even. Our lilac bush looks like it will have flowers by this time next week instead of in the middle of May as usual. The dogwood trees, the magnolia trees–all the flowering trees are flowering. The daffodils and crocuses are, if anything, starting to fade. It may only be April 24th but it is very definitely Spring and, allergies notwithstanding, I’m happy to welcome the change of season. What I want to know, is:

Do your reading habits change in the Spring? Do you read gardening books? Even if you don’t have a garden? More light fiction than during the Winter? Less? Travel books? Light paperbacks you can stick in a knapsack?

Or do you pretty much read the same kinds of things in the Spring as you do the rest of the year?"

Spring is here too; everywhere is looking much greener, the trees are sprouting leaves, the primroses are still flowering, the daffodils are past their best but the tulips are still standing proudly. We're going for a walk through the bluebell woods on Sunday so I hope they're still in bloom.I'm wondering if I've got hay fever, or is it just a cold.

As for reading I don't really change my reading habits. Maybe I'm out in the garden more - the grass has to be mown and the weeds dug out - I'm not a natural gardener. I do consult my gardening books each year to try to see what I should be doing in the garden, for help with pruning and how to stop the slugs and snails from making their homes in the plants. Now I think about it I do like gardening books; they're so full of beautiful photos of lovely well-kept gardens and then I wonder what I'm not doing because our garden doesn't look the same. Of course I do know the answer - I haven't got green fingers, although I suspect that it's really because I don't spend as much time gardening as I do reading. And that's not going to change.

I also like to read about places we're thinking of visiting or planning a holiday, so yes travel books are on the menu, but I find the internet can be better for looking up places than books. I don't think my reading habits change much with the seasons. Light (as in weight) paperbacks are always good, whatever the season to pop into a bag or leave in the car just in case there's an opportunity to read.

10 comments:

Melody said...

How I wish we've four seasons here!!! Anyway, it's always my mood that will decide my choice of books to read next, nothing to do with the weather. ;)

Paula Weston said...

This is quite an interesting topic for me, simply because I've never given a lot of thought to how weather influences literary moods. As an Australian, I've previousoly lived in a state with very defined seasons (and I don't remember my reading habits being affected by seaonal changes) but now I live in the tropics, and while the season do change, it's not enough to have a noticable impact on lifestyle and attitude. So, like so many others, my reading choices are dicated by mood, not weather. But I am interested to see if that is different in other parts of the world.

Danielle said...

My reading habits really don't change much in the summer. I wish I could say I had a nice garden, but by the middle of the summer it gets so horribly humid here that I don't enjoy being outside, and by then usually the insects have devoured most of my flowers!

pussreboots said...

I don't change my reading with the seasons either. I love the cattle in your header. Happy BTT.

Stephanie said...

I'm not much of a seasonal reader either. I generally tend to read whatever I want...whenever! I am a mood reader though.

Happy Thursday!!

Aria said...

The daffodils and lilies and azaleas are already gone here and I am waiting for my lovely gardinias to bloom. I have never bothered with gardening books as all my gardening knowledge comes from my mother and the info on the packets. Then again, maybe if I tried one, I could fill my garden better...

Table Talk said...

No, I'm not a natural gardener either. But that doesn't stop me rushing in where angels fear to tread and planting all sorts of things that then die because they're in the wrong place or the slugs get at them. I do a really good line in slugs if nothing else.

BooksPlease said...

Thanks everyone.

Melody, Paula, Puss Reboots and Stephanie it seems the seasons don't really affect our reading habits. I do enjoy the changes the seasons bring and can't imagine not being able to look forward to them.

Danielle, it gets too hot here for me sometimes and I can't stand humid at all, you have my sympathies.

Aria your gardening sounds instinctive - I just struggle.

Table Talk, the ground elder flourishes here, despite my efforts to get rid of it. I don't have much luck planting things either - sometimes they just disappear!

Dorothy W. said...

My reading changes with the academic year, not with the seasons. Right about now it's hard to real well, but that will change in a few weeks when school is over!

Carolyn said...

I was in Lexington, Virginia on Wednesday (April 23rd) and the lilacs were in full bloom. It was a beautiful drive through the Blue Ridge mountains - dogwood and red bud trees were also in full bloom.

My reading habits remain the same throughout the year.