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Why Seasons Rock for Book-Lovers

I love seasons. To me it's a repetitive cycle of something new to look forward to every year. The same old comforts bring back new chances. Unfortunately as a Floridian I don't get the full effects of actual seasons, but I can still imagine a bit as we get minor shadows of fall and winter, even if they're not right on time with the rest of the country.

Every season has its perks and every person has their favorite. Some prefer the cool, breezy change of Fall, others the long nights and hot days of summer. There's people who love the cold and snowy landscapes for Winter, while others prefer the new blooms and beginnings of Spring. Regardless of a person's favorite season, all of them rock for readers in their own way. When you think of reading in different seasons, what do you think of?

  • Pumpkin Spice lattes to read a book with
  • More Horror Reading because of October
  • Horror reading challenges like the long-running R.I.P. and seasonal challenges
  • Cooler, breezy nights that start earlier for book lovers who happen to be night owls = more reading time!
  • Some of the biggest book releases of the year come out in Fall before the Christmas season rolls around
  • You can still read outdoors, in some places better than any other time of the year
  • New classes for those in school means new reading lists
  • Perfect time to make the leaf crafted bookmarks
  • Bonus - 27 Jack-O'-Lanterns Inspired by your Favorite Books

  • Reading by the fireplace
  • Fuzzy blanket reading!
  • Hot cocoa as a new beverage for reading
  • Christmas themed favorite books
  • Best time to read in a cabin or lodge
  • Making mini book Christmas tree designs (if feeling crafty enough, it's cute!)
  • The chance for bookish presents/gifts because of the Christmas season
  • End of the year challenge and reading goal-wrap ups
  • Bookish awards
  • Preparing for the new year's new goals and challenges, something I look forward to all year
  • More down time/vacation time to actually read - people are out of work or school or doing more traveling during this time of year
  • More long bathtub soaks with a book - one of my favorite locations to read when it gets cold outside
  • If you're lucky enough to have a beautiful view of snow landscapes out the window to read by
  • Winter can actually be a great cozy or creepy setting depending on what you're reading

  • Rain and summer thunderstorms make the best reading background when indoors
  • Reading at the beach
  • Summer Read-a-thons!
  • Library yearly reading program and more community themed reading events
  • Reading binges with tall glasses of iced teas, lemonades and seasonal cold drinks
  • If you're lucky enough to have a boat, ideal reading time/location pairing
  • More garage sales means more cheap book grabs
  • People out of school get to take a break from curriculum controlled reading

  • Perfect time to read outdoors when it's not too hot yet
  • For those who have snowstorms keeping them indoors for winter, it's a nice transition to go read outside again
  • Perfect time to read in the garden
  • Like summer, spring can be graced with rain and thunderstorms
  • Fall and Spring are usually when the biggest releases of the year arrive
  • Spring break! That week vacation that flies out of nowhere
  • Spring has been shown to increase mood and put an extra pep in the step

Beyond the Veil

(The Veil, #1)

If your ex is the Prince of Greed, you’d better be ready to raise Hell.

Charlie Henderson is living a lie. Her real name is Muse, she's half demon, and her attempt at a normal life is about to go up in smoke.

When an assassin walks into her life, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake, Muse must return to the one man she hoped never to see again and ask for help. The Prince of Greed isn’t known for his charity. The price is high, and the cost could tear her apart.

Trapped between the malevolent intentions of a Prince of Hell and an assassin with ulterior motives, Muse must embrace the lure of chaos at her core—the demon inside her—in order to survive.

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death

(Agatha Raisin, #1)

When Mrs. Agatha Raisin decides to retire early to the English Cotswolds, she envisions herself enjoying all that country life has to offer: garden parties, tea at the vicarage, and a cozy home far from the noise and smell of London. Life in the village of Carsley is not as Agatha anticipated, however. Much to her surprise, she doesn't attract much interest among the villagers. No one comes to call; there are no invitations to tennis or tea. A miserable Agatha is forced to acknowledge that she is but another newcomer to the well-established Carsley society. Agatha didn't succeed in business by being a shrinking violet, though, so she shakes off her doubts and resolves to make her mark on the village: She will enter Carsley's Great Quiche Competition and win! The fact that Agatha has never baked so much as a potato in her life doesn't stop her; she submits a delectable store-bought quiche as her own. Having dusted off her mantlepiece to accommodate her silver cup, Agatha is stunned to see the award go to another entry. Her surprise turns to horror, however, when the contest judge drops dead - from poison the police trace to Agatha's "homemade" spinach pie. Agatha is now the talk of the town - though not exactly in the manner she had hoped. In an effort to clear her name, she turns amateur sleuth - as Beaton introduces a witty and well-crafted new mystery series peopled with quirky characters and all endearingly eccentric sleuth.