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Springing – Booking Through Thursday

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This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:

Do your reading habits change in the Spring? Do you read gardening books? Even if you don’t have a garden? More light fiction than during the Winter? Less? Travel books? Light paperbacks you can stick in a knapsack?

Or do you pretty much read the same kinds of things in the Spring as you do the rest of the year?

No, I don’t read gardening books or travel books.

My reading doesn’t vary based upon the seasons. I assume the reason I would stick a light paperback in a knapsack is because I would be taking it out to read in the sun, which is not something I would do. I’m about as pale as they come and the sun is not my friend. The sun makes my eyes hurt and it burns my skin; I’ll read inside on my couch thank you very much. If the sun liked me more, perhaps I would enjoy basking in its glory. My hope is that ultimately I will look younger longer than most people since I try to avoid the sun if at all possible.

One day I went to the beach with some friends. It was overcast but I took the precaution of lathering myself up with some heavy-duty sunscreen. I was wearing jeans and a teeshirt, so I obviously didn’t lather up my legs as they were already covered. However, we eventually sat down after running around to have a snack and got up about 20 minutes later (seriously, it was NOT longer than 20 minutes). The next day, the part of my ankle that had been exposed when I sat down (because your pants ride up a little when you sit down) was burned so badly that at first I thought I’d sprained my ankle because I could hardly walk on it! It didn’t blister but it hurt like a bitch. I hate the sun.

My question to YOU is: Do you like to read out in the sun?

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23 Responses to “Springing – Booking Through Thursday”

  1. Jaimie

    I like reading outside but not in the direct sun. Our patio overlooks my back garden so that is a good spot or even laying on a chaise in the backyard, as long as the sun is not on me.
    Happy BTT!


  2. deb

    I avoid the sun, too. I think I’m allergic to it lol!
    I don’t like reading in the sun…the glare hurts my eyes. I much prefer reading indoors.


  3. lisamm

    Ouch!! This reminds me of something my husband did once. He has fair skin and freckles and the sun is not his friend, either. We were in Palm Springs for the weekend for a wedding and spent some time by the pool. He slathered sunblock with a 50 SPF everywhere (or so he thought). He spent about half an hour in a lounge chair with his arms stretched up and his hands behind his head. He ended up with sunburned armpits!!


  4. Ann Darnton

    I’m one of the lucky ones who tan with the first suns rays. I’ve never burnt in my life. But, i still don’t read in the sun. I find far too much in the way of distraction if I try to read outside. I’m much better off indoors.


  5. chartroose

    Yep, I love the sun and I can be in it for hours and get a gorgeous tan. I like to read outside too, but I’m kind of a night reader, so I mainly read in bed.

    I was a lifeguard all through high school and college, and lifeguards are notorious sun worshippers.

    You can laugh at me when I’m 50 and look like an old suitcase from spending too much time in the sun!


  6. Lesley

    It’s true: you will look younger if you stay out of the sun! Why do you reckon Southern Californians spend so much on facelifts?!


  7. Natasha @ Maw Books

    I love reading out in the sun and being outside. Unfortunately, I probably won’t be doing that for a while because it snowed again today. Sigh . . .


  8. pussreboots

    No, I do not like to read out in the sun. It hurts my eyes. Happy BTT.


  9. Kristen

    Boy, do I burn… But living in MN I crave the feel of the sun on my skin, so I lather up and venture out for short spurts as much as possible… and of course I am accompanied by a book! 🙂


  10. jeane

    I don’t like reading in the sun. I don’t burn easily, but the glare bothers my eyes and after a while the words start to kind of swim. Plus there’s more distractions outside! Outside is for active stuff, reading stays mostly indoors for me.


  11. bkclubcare

    I love the IDEA of reading while at the beach, but I never seem to get many pages turned. People watching, daydreaming, sleeping… Having grown up in Kansas and now only a few miles from the ocean, I crave the beach….

    Now, I can got a LOT of reading done in the boat while my husband fishes… so, I guess my answer is YES to reading in the sun, but it depends…


  12. BookGal

    I’m so sorry about your inability to be in the sun. I couldn’t survive without my reading sessions on the beach in the summer. So, yes, I love to read in the sun.


  13. misscz

    Oh, yes. I’m another person who doesn’t like reading outdoors. Too fair-skinned. Too many distractions and noise.
    The bugs.

    Not comfortable at all.


  14. softdrink

    I stick to my comfy indoor chair. Outside reading is too much work…there’s the sunscreen, and the hat, and the finding of the perfect chair, then dealing with the lack of a footrest, then realizing there’s a glare and starting all over with settling in the chair, and trying to get comfortable, then the wind usually comes up and I get cold. It’s more trouble than it’s worth.


  15. Idaho Gal

    If there is an umbrella then YES I love to read outside!


  16. mellymel

    i don’t garden or travel. i do read outside though. otherwise, i’d never finish a book during warm weather. the only issue is i’m constantly interrupted. my new reading plan involves arriving in the pickup line at school early and reading in my car. a bit pathetic, but it’s working.


  17. Aria

    My mom hates me because I tan very easily as soon as I spend a decent amount of time in the sun – she keeps telling me I should go to a tanning bed but I refuse (maybe I’ll stay young too!) but the sun is definitely a friend when I want to go out for a bit. Also, going out to read makes me feel like less of a bum for some reason…


  18. bybee

    I got one of the worst sunburns of my life when I was a senior in high school by getting engrossed in my book and broiling for hours on a blanket in the yard. My skin was so burned and so tight, I could barely limp from room to room. So I try to mix the two carefully.


  19. Diane

    I Love reading in the sun! And indoors. And while riding in a car, “watching” tv, eating, sleeping… okay, not sleeping. But you get my drift.


  20. Christine

    I read indoors, or in the shade — I also burn at a moment’s notice. I remember one particularly bad canoe trip; I was wearing SPF 50 but must’ve forgotten to reapply — the burns on my legs turned red, and then purple, and then brown, and then the marks didn’t fade for two years. It was awful.


  21. rebeccareid

    I don’t love reading in the sun–but I love sun. Just open the window and let it shine in! But not in my eyes, please.


  22. melanie

    I don’t like to do anything in the sun. I feel ill in the sun, my skin burns, I hate bugs – no, give me a nice room where I see the pretty flowers and trees without having to be personally illuminated by the sun!


  23. melanie

    I don’t like to do anything in the sun. I feel ill in the sun, my skin burns, I hate bugs – no, give me a nice room where I see the pretty flowers and trees without having to be personally illuminated by the sun!


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