Booking Through Thursday: Autumn reading habits

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 probably tends to mark the beginning of the biggest impact on my reading habits. While the reduced hours for outdoor activity provide more time to read, that gets eaten up once hockey season starts. (Regular season for the USHL starts Oct. 3, the NHL starts Oct. 4 and the college hockey regular season starts Oct. 10. What a wonderful time period!) Between Stampede home games and NHL Center Ice, I probably spend less time reading. While I do tend to read between periods of TV games, that doesn’t provide much uninterrupted time to concentrate, especially when I can — and often do — flip between games on Center Ice.

Hockey also impacts what I read to a minor extent as it probably increases my interest in hockey-related books. That’s not a big impact though and I don’t think autumn affects what I read otherwise. I figure that’s because what strikes my fancy seems to depend as much on what new books are out or some other quirk than anything else.

The seasons they are turnin’ and my sad heart is yearnin’
To hear again the songbird’s sweet melodious tone

“Moonlight,” Bob Dylan, Love and Theft

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