Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Discussion Point – Seasonal Reads – Love Them or Mehhhhh

Hey it’s that time of the year again when all the feel good books hits the shelves – if truth be told it’s been that time of the year for the past two months.

I have been trying to build up a buzz about seasonal books, but I just don’t get it.  Don’t get me wrong I read them but it always feels like unfinished business and I am always hoping that a follow up is somewhere around the bend or the book itself is just a short for a more meatier book.

Am I a meany in this aspect of my reading? – I probably am, but I have never been able to get into seasonal read- I have never been able to earmark a seasonal book as a book that I am eagerly awaiting. Seasonal reads for me are mehhhhh.

This season I have seen some beautiful covers and even read some fantastic blurbs and any book outside of seasonal and I would be snapping them up – but Ms. Scrooge that I am give them all the stink eye…

After this weekend I am winging it in terms of my reading and am looking for at least three good seasonal read to tied me over…

Criteria's

Hot man

Even Hotter hero or heroine

Santa and snow optional

A decent plot would be nice, but not opposed to brain dead material (who says I have to be alert to enjoy the season)

Smut – and no quibbling on the amount.

Length – Not too long  0- 300pgs no more

 

After you have sorted me out – Let me know how are you getting on with your seasonal reads. And is there anything that stands out for you so far this season.

 

 

19 Speak To Me:

Kris on 9 December 2009 at 22:57 said...

LOL. Seasonal stories don't work for me at all. Mainly because living in the southern hemisphere all our seasons are the opposite to those you guys have up north. My approach is to usually ignore the seasonal thing and concentrate on the story itself.

Sassy Brit on 9 December 2009 at 23:00 said...

Hi! I'll be honest I was hoping to do a Christmas Challenge, but I had so many books waiting I didn't have time to do the challenge - and this is the first year I've hardly read any seasonal books. Most unusual for me. I plan to do better next year and start looking out for them in October! I love getting in the mood for Christmas and miss not getting into the spirit of it by reading seasonal books!

Sassy
:)

Chris on 10 December 2009 at 00:45 said...

Hey, I posted about this sorta today! Well, at least I had a list of the seasonal reads I read over the weekend. It was not like me at all. I blame Jenre's Saturday post. :)

Elizabeth Jules Mason (AKA "MsMoonlight") on 10 December 2009 at 00:48 said...

I read seasonal books 'off season' that's the only way it works for me. In the winter I will dig around for books with a sweltering hot summer setting and in the summer I will crack open a book about being snowed in. For whatever reason that is the ONLY way I can read 'seasonal' books that target a season (like romance on Christmas or getting stranded on a desert island). I live in New England, one of the last things I want to do after I come in from shoveling 3 feet of snow is crack open a book about a blizzard! lol A much better choice would be a sweltering tropical setting with lots of sun and sand.

:o)

MsM

Eyre on 10 December 2009 at 01:36 said...

I've never really cared one way or the other. I've read and loved some seasonal books while there have been others that I didn't enjoy. I read them whenever I stumble upon one that interests. It doesn't bother me in the least if it's off season.

Shawn Lane on 10 December 2009 at 02:09 said...

Considering I wrote a seasonal book I would say I like them. But considering I live in Southern Cal you aren't going to see snow in my seasonal book.

Shawn Lane on 10 December 2009 at 02:31 said...

Oh and for reading, um, I think you've already read the ones I'd recommend for you and I haven't had a chance to read others myself

Moriah Jovan on 10 December 2009 at 02:53 said...

I don't like CHRISTMAS books, and I LURRRRVVEEEE Christmas.

That said, I write Christmas scenes, but my books take place over years, not days, so wherever my timeline is, I write appropriate to the season.

Otherwise, as a reader, I don't really notice.

Erotic Horizon on 10 December 2009 at 08:03 said...

@Kris.

I might have to try that kris.. That's all them seasonal shorts off my list...

What a way to wedout the TBR pile...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 10 December 2009 at 08:06 said...

@Sassy..

You are one of those do-gooders at Christmas as well I see. Get the books in early, reading twice, checking out whose smexing it twice...

yup - Sassy, you're definately on santas list...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 10 December 2009 at 08:07 said...

@That's it Chris..

Blame someone else.... always your blame someone else...

Bad kitten Mummy...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 10 December 2009 at 08:09 said...

@Ms M

I know what you mean - I can do that with a solid read. However some of these book just feel like heresy to read them at any other time than during the holidays...

We have it cold, but no snow.. thank heaven for that..

E.H>

Blodeuedd on 10 December 2009 at 08:29 said...

Lol some good criteria there ;)
I usually read whatever whenever, but this year I will read an anthology of Xmas paranormal stories just before Xmas. Have saved it for a year now

ErotRomReader (Janna) on 10 December 2009 at 15:20 said...

It's def a mehhh for me. It's not that I never read a seasonal story, but it's rare. And the occasional one I read is often not even in December...

Erotic Horizon on 10 December 2009 at 15:58 said...

@Eyre..

I wish I had your luck with seasonal read - The one's I get are either too sweet or just over the top...

I press on to find a good book this year though...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 10 December 2009 at 16:00 said...

@Shawn -...

All your books are tied to a book that I am loving and was chomping at the bit to get their stories...

Probably because they are done now - why I am in limbo...

***hint****

E.H>

Amy J - Book Addict on 10 December 2009 at 16:21 said...

I just reviewed one called:
HAVE YOURSELF A NAUGHTY LITTLE SANTA
Author: Karin Tabke

I LOVED it and it met all your criteria! LOL

HOT and Christmas! And did you see the cover??!!!!

Shawn Lane on 10 December 2009 at 16:23 said...

Not all. The Best Gift is a holiday story. But I'm a big time Christmas lover. I love holiday stories. I read A Christmas Carol every year and watch every version ever made ad nauseum. It's a sickness, lol.

Chris on 10 December 2009 at 16:33 said...

Hmm, EH, I think I have a blog comment from you blaming me for some imminent purchase indiscretions...