posted on December 28, 2016 by Jeanne Devlin

To Choose or Not Choose a Book for the Season …

Any author can attest to the mystery of what they write and when—a little mix of muse, book contract stipulations, market trends, and desire, I presume.

But what about how readers choose which of those books to read?

Most days of the year, I choose what I read by impulse or nudge. A new book by a favorite author might catch my attention or I may hear a title mentioned on a public radio program that I simply must explore. Sometimes, life circumstances may lead me back to a book I’ve already read because I need to hear its message again.

Normally, I’m not one to match a book to the season. I’ve read books set in snowing climes while stretched out on a blanket by the beach. I’ve read beach mysteries in the depths of winter. I’ve read small town stories while languishing in a high-rise. And I’ve read westerns while enjoying the bright lights of a big city.

Despite that, I do understand the desire this time of year to read stories that, like our movies and music in December, capture that special time leading up to Christmas and then into the New Year.

We’re on the downhill holiday slide as of today, with New Year’s right around the corner. Here’s hoping this final week of 2016 brings you time to read that one choice book you’ve been meaning to read all year.

—Jeanne Devlin

Jeanne Devlin

Jeanne Devlin

Jeanne Devlin is editor of The RoadRunner Press, an award-winning traditional publishing house based in the American West. An editor of newspapers, magazines, and books for more than thirty years, she has also worked on national marketing and publicity campaigns with such publishers as Simon and Schuster and St. Martin's and for a number of New York Times bestselling authors, including Robyn Carr, Sabrina Jeffries, Debbie Macomber, Linda Lael Miller, and Wendy Corsi Staub. A graduate of the Stanford University Publishing Course, Jeanne is a member of the Children's Book Council, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Oklahoma Center for the Book of the Library of Congress. She also consults with boutique publishers.

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