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Seasonal Reading

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Seasonal Reading

Post by diamondlil » Fri October 31st, 2008, 9:40 am

Quite by coincidence I find myself reading a book of short stories featuring vampires, shapeshifters etc this week - just in time for Halloween.

I don't normally make an effort to read holiday themed books - Halloween, Christmas, Valentines etc.

I was wondering if other people do, and if it bothers you to read it at another time of the year other than near the specified holiday?
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Post by Volgadon » Fri October 31st, 2008, 9:52 am

Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. Depends on my modd.

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Post by pat » Fri October 31st, 2008, 9:54 am

I dont read according to the seasons, but I do watch films that are seasonal! (I do miss out on the Halloween ones cos I dont do scarey!)
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Post by Carine » Fri October 31st, 2008, 10:37 am

I don't read according to seasons either, but I don't like it when there is a Christmas film in the middle of the summer on TV !!
I do love a good thriller for Halloween though.

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Post by Vanessa » Fri October 31st, 2008, 10:42 am

I do sometimes. I read The Evil Seed this month which I suppose is in the horror story genre! I quite like reading 'Christmassy' reads in December as it gets me in the mood for the festive season. I used to love Christmas but as my daughter is growing up, it seems to be losing it's appeal. I hate it when the shops get full of decorations etc as early as September. It seems to get earlier and earlier each year.
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Post by Divia » Fri October 31st, 2008, 11:15 am

I've only done it once. And it was this year. I was reading a YA novel about ghosts for Halloween. The book sucked and I wallbanged it.
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Post by Rowan » Fri October 31st, 2008, 2:22 pm

I don't normally, but I did this year. I ordered Edinburgh City of the Dead (NF) last week on Amazon and received it Monday. Am nearly finished reading it, but it's not all that thick either - not even 200 pages and 1/4 of that are multiple Appendices.

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Post by donroc » Fri October 31st, 2008, 2:25 pm

Oblivious to the holidays here.
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Post by boswellbaxter » Fri October 31st, 2008, 3:32 pm

I don't read holiday-themed books to coincide with the holidays either, but then I haven't read many such books, except for Dickens's Christmas books. They're good all year round!
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri October 31st, 2008, 6:03 pm

I read whatever strikes my mood at the moment. A couple of years ago I picked up John Grisham's 'Skipping Christmas' because it was at Costco and I was in a long line. It was a pleasant, fluffy and predictable read, not like your usual Grisham lawyer stuff at all. Kind of got me in the mood.

When my kids were little I used to read them the Fourth Wise Man and the Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Christmas. But I'm not very good at noticing dates, so Christmas is the only holiday that sticks, mostly because it has become so commercialized that the retailers keep it in my face long enough to make an impact.

Altho if there were shepherds out watching their flocks by night, it was lambing season in Palestine, which means that Jesus was actually born in the spring.

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