Why I find it difficult to read in the summer

In my wildest dreams, I would never have imagined I would someday end up living in a country where you have to wear a down-filled coat for 6 months of the year. In fact, I don’t think I even knew that down-filled coats were a thing until I picked up and moved from sunny Sydney, Australia to Toronto, Canada.

But here I am, and here I have been for almost 9 years. And I have to say that although the winters can be grueling, they really do make you appreciate the warmer months a lot more. When I lived in Australia, the weather didn’t really influence my activities that much. “Oh, it’s just another 25 degree day. Whatever. I’ll stay inside and watch a movie.” But in Canada, I really love how, at the first sign of warmer weather (i.e., when it’s 10 degrees above zero), we’re all getting out there in our t-shirts and enjoying being outdoors.

So it makes sense that people publish their lists of books to read in the summer. Everyone loves to sit in the park or on the beach and read a book, or even get a bunch of reading done at the cottage if they are lucky enough to have access to one.

Well now that it’s getting warmer (well, at least we’re getting closer to spring), I’m starting to think about my own reading list for the summer…

But the thing is that I actually find that my reading decreases dramatically in the summer. One reason is that I don’t take the subway to work anymore. When I used to work downtown, I would ride my bike. And last spring, I bought myself a scooter:

So, as I’m sure you can imagine, it’s a little bit hard to get any reading done on my commute when I’m driving that thing!

And then, because I don’t have the daily forced reading time on my commute, I find it hard to really delve into too many books during the warmer months.

I’m hoping that this summer, I can turn this trend around somehow.

There are too many good books to read and just not enough time!

Do you find that you read more or less during a particular time of year?