DISCUSSION: I Am a Mood Reader


What Is a Mood Reader?
A mood reader is a reader who chooses what they read in response to their current state of mind. E.g. If they're in the mood for a contemporary YA set in the summer, they will disregard all other books on their list of unread books and read a contemporary YA set in the summer.

I Am 100% a Mood Reader.
I can be an incredibly fussy reader and I'm very specific about which books I read and when I read them. Most readers read books they think they'll enjoy, but mood readers have to wait until the perfect moment to read each book. And, for me, and most probably other bloggers, this can be problematic, especially when I've been sent ARCs from publishers which have a deadline.

HOW MOOD READING AFFECTS MY READING (PROS AND CONS)

PROS of mood reading
 I enjoy books that, any other day, I would hate. For example, We Were Liars didn't look like 'my thing'. 364 days out of 365, I would have hated it. BUT, because I read it at exactly the right moment in time, exactly when I was craving a YA contemporary/romance/mystery with exactly E. Lockhart's style of writing, I enjoyed it.

 There's no better feeling than reading a really good book at exactly the right moment in time. I mean, the first time I read The Snow Child, it was snowing outside, I had a warm cup of hot chocolate next to me and I was just craving a beautifully written, fairytale-esque novel. IT WAS PERFECTION.

 I normally have a good idea of what I should read next. For instance, if I know I want to read a historical fiction crime thriller, there's only so many books on my shelf to choose from.

 I, generally, enjoy books more because I know how to make the most out of them. I try to read each book on my TBR at just the right moment, meaning I generally enjoy books more than if I just read them in a systematic order.

CONS of mood reading
I don't always enjoy books as much as I should  For example, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Whilst there were several other factors that affected my enjoyment, I can't help but think that had I been in the mood for a vampire novel at the time, it could have at least moved up to 3.5 stars.

SOMETIMES, only sometimes, I have to force myself to read ARCs [advanced reader copies] I'm not in the mood for just so I can reach the deadline. On occasions, I've put off reading ARCs because I've been waiting for the right moment… and that moment never really came.

When I'm really anticipating a book and I buy it on the release day, I can't always begin straight away. This is why I haven't read Ruin and Rising yet. I'm not in the mood for it quite yet and, because I love the series so much, I don't just want to read it any time. I have to wait for the perfect moment.

My mood can change mid-book so I end up switching books a lot. This is a pain because I end up reading certain books over a long period of time (e.g. Rose Under Fire).

Are you a mood reader or not? Or maybe you're somewhere in between

15 comments:

  1. I think I'm somewhere in between. Like, I go through phases of liking different genres, but it doesn't matter if I read other genres in the midst of those phases. I don't have to be in a certain mood to read certain books though & my mood very rarely affects my enjoyment of books.

    Great post, so interesting!

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    1. I go through phases too, but like, in the sense that if I like one genre, I don't want to go near any other genres at that moment in time! So, kinda different to you I guess. :)

      And thank you! :D

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  2. Like you, I’m definitely a mood reader. This tends to work in my favour because my favourite genre and the one I read the most of is YA contemporary – I own a lot of contemporary so it’s not like I end up in situations of despair when I crave a book but don’t own it. However, it does have its negatives. Sometimes like you said, I have to drag myself through review copies simply because I’m not in the mood but am working towards a deadline, and so often I don’t enjoy books anywhere near as much as I could on another day.

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    1. Yep, it's 100% about getting the day right and then bam the book is perfect for you. But, like you said, sometimes I enjoy books less when I read them on a day I'm not in the mood for them.

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  3. I am absolutely ya mood reader. I sometimes go into book slumps because I simply don't know what to read. Great explanation Ruby!

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    1. Thanks Amelia! i can definitely see how mood reading could cause slumps. :(

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  4. I'm inbetween, but I only just realised. I am, but normally not for a genre or a season, I'll just want to read one book. This is rubbish because of review copies and the fact that I have a TBR FULL of anticipated books, but I don't want to read them.

    It's also rubbish on holiday, as you can imagine, although I normally take books in a few genres to make sure I have something. When it really sucks is when I only take one book somewhere, so like camp for a week (Sunday! Gah) and I don't want to read it. I'm taking This Is What Happy Looks Like, so I'm hoping I'll be okay..!

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    1. Yep, I'm in Italy right now and I've taken a wide array of genres just in case I suddenly decide I don't want to read a certain genre.

      This Is What Happy Looks Like sounds great – I hope you enjoy it!

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  5. YESSSS TO THIS WHOLE POST. And also that PRO of knowing what to read next is EXACTLY me. It's why I re-read my books so often. Because if i'm in the mood for a certain genre I only have a set amount of books to choose from and even from that I'll only really be in the mood to read a couple of those group of books. :)

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    1. Haha your enthusiasm never fails to amaze me. :')
      And yep, it definitely does make me want to reread more books!

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  6. YES A MILLION TIMES TO THIS! I'm a massive mood reader which can be such a pain sometimes. Lately, it's really getting on my nerves because I can't find a book that exactly fits my mood. It's getting better but I think it's the reason I've had such a bad reading year so far in 2014. Oh well! Maybe things will improve!

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    1. Aww I really hope your reading year improves! Sometimes I'm really specific about the books I'm in the mood for & sometimes I'm a little more vague. Thankfully at the moment I'm in a steady [epic] fantasy mood. :)

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  7. I'm a mood reader too, that's why I always read more books at the same time. Sometimes when I'm reading a fantasy book and I'm not feeling it, I like to pick up something else until I want to return. If I force myself to read a certain genre, it will influence my rating in a negative way. At the same time, most of the times I'm in the mood for everything, haha. I'm not such a difficult reader and I like a lot of things.

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    1. Yep, everytime someone asks me why I read so many books at the same time I just have to say "mood reader". It's good you're not a difficult reader though! :)

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  8. I have a reading list which I am very strict about, however I allow myself some leeway. The rule is I have to read all the books written on each half-page before I can move onto the next one. (Which sounds OCD and ridiculous, I'm aware, but that's how I roll!) However within that I do mood read, choosing each book as it comes to it, but that means at the end of each bit I'm left with the "dregs" books!

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