First thing first…oh my goodness FOOOOOOD. This is all I can think about with Thanksgiving being tomorrow. It’s seriously like the closest to being good at something as I’m ever going to get. If there was a Thanksgiving Olympics, I’d bring home gold.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way…I’m very curious about some things!
Every year around Thanksgiving and Christmas I hear the blogosphere rejoicing for the extra reading time they are about to receive. It seems like holidays = more books read than usual read. It makes sense. For most there is no work or school, maybe some travel time to sneak in some reading and just some days with general downtime.
Much like my vacation reading habits, I find that sometimes I actually read way less than I think I will during the holidays. It all depends on what we are doing I guess which is all still new to us as this is only our 2nd season of holidays as a married couple but a lot of the times it surprises me that I haven’t blown through a bunch of books. I’m okay with it honestly but I do find it amusing that I see the holidays as “really good reading time” when in fact it rarely ends up being.
If we are going to my dad’s house for the holidays, a 4 hour drive, I don’t tend to get much reading done because I don’t see him often and we have so many family activities we are going to. I feel like when I normally might retire to go read in bed I’d rather be chatting with my family or watching a movie with them. Even though I’ve mostly combated car sickness while reading, I still find myself chatting with Will or car dancing/having singalongs or we are traveling at night so I can’t read. So by the time the holiday is over, I’ve barely gotten that much time to read. If we are home for the holidays we hang out with my sister or Will’s family and then there are always parties and dinners and such. I read more probably if I’m home because it’s just Will and I when we aren’t somewhere else and he’ll play video games and I’ll read — one of my favorite aspects of how we make our reader/non-reader marriage work. I think it all depends on how long we get off for the holidays as well. In college, I definitely could have read a lot more because of having a month off between semesters.
Do you have any particular things you pick up during the holidays?
I know some people like to read holiday-themed reads. I totally would but I don’t know where to start (any recommendations for me?). I know others like to take the holidays to reread beloved books like Harry Potter. I don’t really have a particular THING I read during the holidays but I do try to pick shorter or more lighthearted things. Since becoming a blogger I’ve found that Thanksgiving through Christmas for me end up being the time where I pick up some of that year’s releases that I didn’t get to since typically there are less November and December ARCs for me.
Do you read more or less than usual during the holidays? What factors into that? What do you typically read a certain thing during the holidays? Any Christmas book suggestions for me??
Safe travels! Dress for maximum eating capacity! Enjoy your time with your family!