I find it difficult to read in wintertime.
I’ve mentioned before how my reading habits vary greatly depending on the season. Since I started more closely tracking my reading habits a few years ago, I’ve noticed that I commonly read only a handful of books, if that, during a cold month. During January of last year, for example, I read just four books. This January I fared even worse–finishing only two books, both of which were very, very short.
In general, my reading habits are subject to the whims of nature. December, January, and February are my low points during the year. Conversely, I can read upwards of sixteen books a month when it’s warm out.
I also find that rain and clouds have a profound impact on my reading life. I read far more when it’s sunny, preferably with the windows open and a strong, warm breeze flowing in.
When the weather is cold and/or rainy and/or generally unpleasant, I tend to while away my free time watching Netflix or old movies from the library or just wasting my life on the Internet.
I don’t recall the weather affecting my reading habits this much when I was younger. In fact, I seem to remember using bad weather as an opportunity to hole up in my room and read when I was a kid.
Clearly, things have changed. But why?
I’m far less immune to the cold than I was as a child. In fact, I am now one of those people who freezes my ass off if it’s below sixty. Maybe it’s my biology or maybe it’s that I’ve gone soft since moving south. Either way, I’m much more sensitive to lower temperatures than I once was. And when it’s cold, I don’t want to be poking my hands out from beneath the covers to grasp a book.Book Chat: Does the Weather Affect Your Reading Habits?Click To Tweet
Though not lacking in vitamin D, I find myself craving the sun more than I used to. Again, I wonder if this is just southern conditioning or if my insomniac tendencies have made me rebel against being awake and active when it’s anything less than bright out. Besides, reading by sunlight is far more pleasant than reading by the artificial glow of a fluorescent bulb.
Whatever my brain’s hidden reasons for preferring warm, sunny weather to cold, dank days for reading, it seems that my current preferences are fairly ingrained. And I’m okay with that. I compensate for it in the summer months, when I accomplish 40-50% of my reading for the whole year.
Does the weather/season affect your reading habits? How so?