When I discovered libraries, it was like having Christmas every day.
– Jean Fritz
I’ve worked in a library for a number of years, and it is interesting to observe the patterns of circulation. Right now, of course, it’s all about the holiday books, and it appears that a lot of our patrons gravitate toward the Christmas-themed, cozier side of the the mystery spectrum, as well as sweet, versus really hot, romance novels. (Maybe they read the hot ones in January instead?).
I got to thinking about whether or not I have a particular favourite book that I like to revisit at this time of year, or even a genre that I like to sample during the holidays. Given that I read voraciously, and always have, I was surprised to draw a blank. Thinking back on past years, I realize that I don’t change up my reading habits to accommodate the holiday season. I keep reading anything and everything that catches my attention.
Do you bring out any special books to read during the holiday season? Are they ones you cherish year after year? Are they Christmas stories, or non-holiday books that seem to resonate with you more at this time of year than at any other time? Do you prefer a certain genre over another? Let me know what you’re reading right now – or plan to read over the holidays – perhaps I will want to check it out, as well! (Ooh, a library pun, gotta love it).