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I really like the ideas in this piece--both how we settle into our reading tastes and then smartly read against them as well, such that the self itself opens up that much more.

Hey, and I see that DC's own Doreen Baingana made the list--she was on my summer reading list anyway, but I'm glad to see others will discover her book as well.


Caroline Kettlewell

What, no Harry Potter?

A.C. raises the interesting question--do we want to read something "different" in our (theoretical) leisure time? Do you want featherweight escapism on your beach trip, or should that be the time to tackle something with some substance (witness the Devoted Spouse reading Milan Kundera at the pool, putting him in a distinct minority)? I tend to run the same literary course year 'round, for better or worse.

Happy Booker

I read the same year round, though I am always interested in reading lists, especially from people I know and respect (like Alan & the LBC). My TBR lists grows by the day. I think I will post it next week and ask for some help prioritizing!

Anyone else read lighter fare as the days grow longer and sunnier? Wendi


My reading list stays the same regardless of the season, but my wife definitely changes her book selections to less weighty books during the spring and summer.

Alan Cheuse

Do you think there are "winter's tales" and summer's? Just as there are varieties of cuisine tied to seasons, and geographies?


There _is_ something about reading Graham Greene in the middle of DC summer that makes you really appreciate the "hot and squalid" settings he chooses, and there's also something to be said for reading the Russians in the heart of dead winter--not because of the "temperature" or geography of the stories, but their weight. Dinesen's old-fashioned but intricate tales would be winter stories for me even if she didn't name them so. And I suppose Shakespeare himself had a pretty good idea that summer and winter tales were decidedly different (and that one didn't really need to make sense to the other, even within the same play!).


my summer reading list is definately more playful. the winter books tend to more serious. i also love books about place in the summer. (that way i'm always going somewhere even if i'm not) robyn

Gale Zasada

The main thing that makes a difference between my summer and winter reading is the length of the day. I read more in the summer because I'm awake longer after a full day at work! I will tackle more lengthy books in the summer, too.

When I travel, I enjoy taking a book along that has the same location or a similar atmosphere to my vacation spot.

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