Posted by: chartroose | April 24, 2008

Springing – Booking Through Thursday

Here is this week’s BTT question and my response:

Do your reading habits change in the Spring?  Do you read gardening books?  Even if you don’t have a garden?  More light fiction than during the Winter?  Less?  Travel books? Light paperbacks you can stick in a knapsack?

Or do you pretty much read the same kinds of things in the Spring as you do the rest of the year?

I think I read more in the spring and summer months than I do in the winter.  Winter is not a good time for me because I tend to go into hibernation mode.  I feel sluggish and old and I waste a lot of time doing ridiculous, random, nonsensical things – like spending an evening shining my laser pointer at different places on the floor so that I can witness my Pug and my Persian become more and more comically insane as they futilely try to catch the light.  That’s a good metaphor for how I spend my winter: I become more and more comically insane as I futilely try to catch the light. 

And then SPRING!  Hooray!  I have more energy for everything.  I read more, sleep more, eat more, and am generally a better person.  I’m very eclectic in my book choices (except for romances, eww), so I’ll read anything that catches my eye.  I have a couple of gardening books that are collecting dust because I don’t use them.  I’m not really much of a gardener.  It’s too much like work, and I don’t want to work in my spare time.

I prefer heavy hardback books year round because I like to show off what I’m reading, and that’s the best way to do it.  I’m probably the only person in the world who thinks that reading raises my coolness factor.  Big books are an ego thing for me, kind of like big trucks are penis extensions for men ( :

I go for long walks in the spring.  Right now, I’m up to about 2 miles a day and I’m going to start walking to work in May (4 miles a day), like I always do.  One thing I do start reading more of are books about local fauna, like birds and butterflies.  So far, I’ve seen the following butterflies on my walks:


 There will be more varieties as it gets warmer.  I love spring!


  1. I like big books too (but I don’t like big trucks).

  2. Wonderful butterflies — and metaphor, too!

  3. You make me laugh!! We have a laser thingy too but my dog is much too cool to care. She’s a bigger breed and just can’t be bothered. My neighbors dog, OTOH, goes completely ape-shit chasing it.

  4. I’m really envious over the butterflies. There was an article on the radio this morning about the devastation that last summer’s floods wrought on the UK butterfly population and as I listened to it I realised that i hadn’t seen a single one yet this year.

  5. I thought I was the only one who has a thing for hardcover books. I used to be so jealous of people who could afford them. I always waited for the paperbacks. Whenever I’d see people in the airport with hardcover books, I’d think that they were rich. Well, I’m still not rich but I do occasionally treat myself to a hardcover. I just love the feel of it in my hands.

  6. Stephen — I believe you. You’re way too refined to be caught dead in a 2-ton truck. I’m still picturing you in a Rolls, a Bentley, perhaps? If you can afford one of those, the size of your Johnson doesn’t matter at all!

    Lesley — Thanks! I’ve seen that black and white swallowtail everywhere! It’s so awesome; it reminds me of a zebra.

    Lisa — Mort (the Pug) is hilarious about this. He gets so excited that he spins around and around in circles. Pillow (the Persian) starts out all lassiez-faire about the whole thing but eventually becomes posessed to the point that he’s hissing and pouncing on the light with his fur standing on end!

    Ann — I had no idea there was a butterfly shortage in the UK. How sad! There are quite a few different types of butterflies here in the US that are endangered. A couple have already become extinct. I hope this doesn’t happen in Britain.

    Linda — I recently got a Kindle, and while it’s 100 times more convenient to use, it absolutely cannot compare to the look, feel and smell of a big old hardcover book. I think the day is coming when many books will only be published electronically. I hope this happens after I’m dead, because I don’t think I’ll be able to deal with it!

  7. That is just too funny!! I like Big Books Too!! I should have a T-shirt printed up!!

    I don’t tend to change what I read by the seaons. If anything changes, it’s my reading habits!

    Happy Thursday!

  8. How is anyone going to be impressed with what you are reading when you’re using the Kindle!?

    Love the flutterbys…

  9. I love big books and I cannot lie! (omigod, did I really just type that?). I think people who read are cool too! Sometimes when I’m in a public place and I see someone reading, I do the whole lean and sneak a peek thing. I happen to be really nosy about what people are reading. While I’m at it, I also check out their bookmarks. Truth be told, when I see people reading, I form a higher opinion of them.

  10. I’m so with you on the gardening…it is too much like work. And there’s dirt and icky bugs involved.

  11. Thanks, Stephanie!
    We should do a t-shirt! Let me think on this for a little while…

    Care — You’re absolutely right about the Kindle being unimpressive. It is SOOO convenient, though. Brand new books only cost from $8 to $10, and you can download them instantly. It’s kind of scary, because if it creates advocates out of lifelong readers like me, it can take over the industry. Maybe I’ll write a post about it.

    Ty — Baby got books! I sneak peeks too, and sometimes I’m pretty sure I offend people when I do that. I form higher opinions of readers as well, unless they’re like my ex, who only reads Sports Illustrated and Playboy (for the articles, of course).

    Softdrink — Jeez, it’s nice to hear from you again! Hope your vacation went well. I’m not crazy about icky bugs either, unless they’re butterflies.

  12. Lovely butterflies. Hmm, big books. I’m not really fussy about the size of my books, but if I’m walking around a lot a big book can be annoyingly weighty.

    By the way, tag you’re it Chartroose, I’ve tagged you in the 6 random things meme.

  13. I just love the butterflies

  14. You actually made me laugh out loud! Wandered over from Weekly Geeks – great site:)

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