Blog Hop: Holiday Books

book blogger hopThis week’s Book Blogger Hop question: Do you like to read books with a theme such as Halloween, Christmas, etc?

I definitely d0–in theory, but I don’t think I’m all that good at actually reading themed-books at the relevant time!  For example, I spent most of spring listening to the audiobooks of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.  Never occurred to me that maybe four books set over four summers would make sense as summer reading… 😉  Maybe next time!

I think I focus themes more when I reread books.  I don’t pay all that much attention to themes/seasons when I pick a new book up, but if I read it and observe the theme, I’m more likely to reread it during the proper time of year.  I read Mischief of the Mistletoe for the first time in spring (although that was because of a long hold list at the library…) but now I try to reread it near Christmas.  Valente’s Fairyland series feel like very autumnal books to me (the main character is named September!) so even once they’re all out and I’m not rereading in anticipation of October release dates, I could see myself rereading them in the fall.

I tend to do better on holidays/themes with movies.  I like to watch Mr. Smith Goes to Washington for the Fourth of July, I try to always watch V for Vendetta on Guy Fawkes Day, and I have several favorite Christmas movies.

Do you read many theme books?  Do you have particular ones you reread in certain seasons or for certain holidays?

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I'm a book review blogger and Fantasy writer. I have published three novels, The Wanderers; The Storyteller and Her Sisters; and The People the Fairies Forget. All can be found on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. In my day job, I'm the Marketing Specialist for Yolo Hospice. Find me on Twitter (@MarvelousTales) and GoodReads (MarvelousTales).
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3 Responses to Blog Hop: Holiday Books

  1. What a fun question! Like you, I tend to read a book the first time whenever I get the opportunity. Sometimes that means it’s in the “right” season — Christmas-themed romances usually come out in October or November, for instance, so at least I’m headed for the right holiday! Often, though, I get a book “out of season” – like the two fall-themed mysteries I’ve read so far this year (one Halloween, one harvest festival), which I got and read in late winter and summer respectively.

    Sometimes I do re-read with an eye to a particular season or holiday. I love A Child’s Christmas in Wales and A Christmas Carol and will often read them around Christmas, as well as watch the respective movies. And there are children’s books I re-read every year according to season: Too Many Pumpkins (Halloween), a bunch of Christmas books including The Polar Express, and The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes every Easter.

  2. I am not big on themed books, but I see what you mean about reading them during the season that is in the book. I did read a Christmas one near Christmas, but that’s about it. I guess you can read them anytime. 🙂

    ENJOY your reading weekend.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

  3. I made sure I read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens for the first time during the Christmas holiday. It was the perfect read for the weather and the holiday 🙂

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