Thursday, July 15, 2010


This week's Booking Through Thursday asks:

Well, folks, I don’t know about where you are, but right here, it’s HOT.
So … when you think about “hot reading,” what does that make you think of? Beach reading? Steamy romances? Books that take place in hot climates? Or cold ones?

Funny you should say that because the weather in San Francisco is very up and down. Some days it will be warm, like today it's mid-70s which I think is just perfect, but some days it is cool here like low 60s and foggy - not summery at all! It can get kind of old.

At any rate, what do I think, when I think of 'hot reading'? Honestly, I don't think of any of the above! I think of reading a 'hot' release! As in, reading the most popular book out there, what everyone is talking about, the newest, latest and greatest because people can't get enough. The reason I probably associate the term 'hot' with this is because I never do this! I purposefully avoid reading books that everyone is talking about! I think I do it because I start to think that there is no possible way they can live up to the hype.

For example, feel free to gasp, I've never read the 'Harry Potter' series. I am just now contemplating possibly downloading the first book on audio. I have yet to read 'Eat, Pray, Love'. I didn't understand the vampire excitement over the 'Twilight' series. Just this last weekend, we were laying by the pool, and hand on my heart, every single person was reading a book in the Steig Larsson Trilogy and I was reading a couple of paperbacks from two years ago. I am always out of the popular 'hot book' loop. By choice. But I am starting to feel like maybe I am missing out! The only hot book that maybe I've read is 'The Help' and I wasn't going to read it but my mom gave it to me for Christmas and I ended up loving it!

How about you. How do you define 'hot reading'?


  1. A book that holds my interest till the end is a hot read for me!

    Here is my "hot" post!

  2. Nice definition of hot. I like. And it will be interesting to see if you give in to Harry Potter! :)

  3. I read seasonally and do read more books in summer that take place in summer -- like Claire Cook's Life's A Beach -- but I would probably go with your definition of "hot": popular!

    My coworker just recommended the Larsson books to me, and they do sound sort of intriguing... but I'm still not sure they're for me! I'm a huge fan of "Harry Potter," and I was adament growing up that I would never read or enjoy them. Then I did and, well... I was beyond hooked by chapter one of book one. Enjoy!

  4. We're in the middle of a heat wave in my area and it's been brutal. :( I always think of a hot read as being a sexy romance. Something so hot that you have to fan yourself after certain passages! *L*

    I usually avoid the popular reads as well, as I'm somewhat contrary and don't like to follow the crowds. :)

  5. I agree with you that a book that literally flies off the shelves is "hot reading" I even mentioned Harry Potter in my definition as well. I haven't read any of them either and have no plans t do so.


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