Thursday, September 18, 2008

BTT: Autumn Reading

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Autumn is starting (here in the US, anyway), and kids are heading back to school–does the changing season change your reading habits? Less time? More? Are you just in the mood for different kinds of books than you were over the summer?

Autumn hasn't really started here in Japan yet although there are hints, it's cooler at nights now, and I even saw some Halloween decorations today!
But even though it's still pretty hot and humid most days, with a typhoon on the way, my reading mood has definitely switched to autumn, thanks partly to Carl's R.I.P. Challenge. There's just something so wonderful about reading spooky, mysterious, dark reads at this time of year. I'll still read a mix of genres, this doesn't change too much throughout the year, but I do find myself drawn to darker, longer reads in fall and then winter.
As for time, once it cools off properly, definitely less because then we'll be out on the weekends, with cameras in hand, pursuing our other passion.

Just a reminder that you still have a couple of days to enter my giveaway for a copy of Matrimony by Joshua Henkin. Click here. And you can increase your chances to win a copy by also entering the giveaways at The 3 R's: Reading, 'Riting, and Randomness and B&b ex libris.

Bethany is also giving away a copy of The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. Click here to enter.

Update: This just in... Joshua Henkin just sent round an email to let us know that his publisher Vintage is making a special offer for book groups.
Sign up by midnight, September 21 and Vintage will set up a phone chat for your book group with him to discuss his book, Matrimony. Normally, only five book groups are chosen among the entrants, but he has agreed to talk to all book groups that sign up. Click here to do so.


  1. My weather is not fall-like, but I still want to THINK fall; I guess it's the way I was raised.

  2. Thanks for the cross-promo of my Matrimony giveaway! Josh Henkin is really trying to get this book into people's hands, isn't he?

  3. My reading mood has switched to Autumn too. There really is something about reading Gothic tales at this time of the year, and the longer and the spookier, the better!

  4. It still feels like summer here, I think when one has children who attend school as I remember it you feel a definit change in the season. For me fall isn't here yet, it is cooler, but it will be hot again.

  5. I was surprised to see Halloween candy on the shelves in the store when we arrived home from our vacation, but then I remembered it was already the middle of September--so no wonder. It felt like the middle of summer to me. Haha

    Anyway, the seasons really do not impact me reading much. I may be attracted to a holiday related book now and then, but it rarely works out that I read it at that time. I usually have too much else on my plate, I guess. :-)

  6. Josh is going to be a very busy man, isn't he?

    So, you have a typhoon coming? I hope it misses you or falls apart (always my hope -- didn't work with Gustav and Ivan). They're such nasty things, those storms.

    It's cooler at night here, too. Wahoo! I'll take anything cooler!!! 10 degrees? Super!

  7. Nat, I posted for the book MATRIMONY as you said for a third go :} there are 4 contestant on my post who want to be entered please go on my blog and take down their url so that they are entered. I did mention your name TANABATA and added your blog adress.
    Thank-you, i would not want them to miss out

    Sylvie :}

  8. Smilingsal- Yes, I'm trying to think fall, even if it won't really feel like it for awhile yet.

    Florinda- No problem. I think Josh is succeeding! :)

    Nymeth- I wish it felt like autumn, but the weather will catch up to my mood eventually.

    Madeleine- The weather is more unstable here now, will rain and be cooler for a couple days but then hot and humid again for a few days, and repeat!
    BTW, I've just emailed you about the people entering the giveaway on your blog by mistake. Sorry for the inconvenience!

    Wendy- Halloween isn't very big here, just an excuse to decorate a bit!
    Mainly I find that in the summer when it's so hot and humid my attention span can be shorter so I tend to want to read short, fun books. I usually feel more like diving into something epic or more challenging when it's cooler.

    Nancy- He is! But he's certainly done a good job connecting with bloggers and getting his book out there and recognized.

    The typhoon is causing heavy rain and cancelling flights and whatnot for southern Japan, namely Okinawa. We're having a little bit of rain but Tokyo rarely gets the full force of any typhoons. Earthquakes are our main worry here. :{


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