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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Summer Reading: Reality or Myth?

Looking at the summer movies, it seems Hollywood is of the opinion that our brains shut down during the summer months. Is this true? And if so, has it always been the case or were we led to believe this is so? Likewise with reading. I, myself, am guilty of talking about "light summer reads." Yet, my reading choices really haven't altered much throughout the summer months. My habits yes, have changed a little. With more outside time (and more time taken up with my recent move), I've found that I've had less time to read. However, when I do get the chance, is there any reason why I should look for something fluffy?

What affect does the summer have on your reading?

7 comments:

Shannon Patrick Sullivan said...

It's funny, I've been pondering this very question quite a bit lately. My novel, The Dying Days, was supposed to come out in mid-to-late June. But a series of errors and omissions kept it out of Mainland stores until the middle of July, and most Newfoundland stores until just a couple of weeks ago.

Originally, I found this incredibly frustrating -- not only was I not getting any feedback on the book, but it even meant that my launch party had to be pushed back. But the more I thought about it, the more I came to the conclusion that it may be a blessing in disguise. Rather than appearing on shelves at the height of summer, now The Dying Days will enjoy its initial burst of promotion just as folks are getting ready to settle back into school or work, and thoughts are returning to the prospect of new things to read.

Because I think even people like you and me, who read at a regular pace year-round regardless of the seasons, tend to look... if not for "light and frothy" books in the summertime, then at the very least for familiar reading material. Certainly, I'll get much more adventurous in the winter, when I can give a new genre or author my full attention.

John Mutford said...

Shannon,
Welcome (even if it was for shameless promotion). But seriously, I agree with you. It might have been a blessing in disguise to have your book launch postponed until after summer. Incidently, I checked out your site and yes, it's a book I'll definitely be checking out. Sounds very interesting.

Shannon Patrick Sullivan said...

Oh, thanks, John! Actually it's only semi-shameless self-promotion. :)

One thing I'm well aware of is that, once you've had a novel published, how very difficult it is to spread the word about it. Books aren't like CDs or videos -- they don't have convenient, ready-made clips that you can air on the radio and TV (and most folks these days are no longer willing to listen to an excerpt from a book being narrated). So I'm keen to try every avenue available to promote The Dying Days, and obviously, the Web is a huge part of that.

The nice, non-self-promoting aspect of that is that it's given me the opportunity to explore a lot of interesting Newfoundland-related websites and blogs that I hadn't come across before, like this one. It's the kind of thing I love to participate in, as much as time allows.

John Mutford said...

Good luck with it. Just to warn you though, if I don't like your book I have a tendency to be a bit on the harsh side. On the plus side, I don't have a large audience.

And then, on the other hand, if I do like your book, I can be positively glowing.

Shannon Patrick Sullivan said...

Oh, not to worry. I'm thick-skinned, and I'm always eager for criticism -- positive or negative. Indeed, as much as I hope that The Dying Days will be a success, I'll be happy as long as I get intelligent feedback on it.

I look forward to your thoughts!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

The season actually has no effect on my reading. I actually probably read a bit more in the summer just because I take some vacation days that aren't filled with baking and shopping. Argh, now I must get the thought of Christmas out of my head.

John Mutford said...

And God bless us, everyone.