There are two types of people in this world. Those that read by a strict schedules, and those that choose their next read based on their mood. I am 10000% a part of this second group. Which for the most part I love! Mood reading has led me to some amazing reading experiences throughout my life. But it’s also given me a lot of trouble at times.
Pros of Mood Reading
- Reading binges of awesomeness
This is the BEST THING to ever happen to any reader. A reading binge of awesome is what I call that amazing time when you read 5 star book after 5 star book. It can happen to any type of reader, but I think mood readers have a better chance at hitting such a streak. Why? Because by picking books based on mood, you’re more likely to be picking a book that is going to hit you at the right time.
- You’ll generally pick something you can form an emotional connection with
This relate to the “book hitting you at the right time” thing. You know you’re in the mood for this particular genre/trope/theme. If the book has the thing you want, you’re more likely to become happy it’s there and form that emotional connection. It all leads to a good time… relatively speaking. Some of those books cause a lot of emotional turmoil in the best way possible
- Sometimes you know what you want in life
I’m an indecisive person. It’s a frustrating aspect of my personality. Mood reading and being able to pick a book I feel like reading makes me think I have my life in order. Though sometimes the opposite happens…
Cons of Mood Reading
- It can take ages to decide on a book if your brain is being indecisive
Good luck choosing a book if you have no idea what mood your brain is in. Or maybe you thought you know but when you sit down to decide your brain goes blank. This is the most annoying thing about being a mood reader. Often I’ll know I’m looking for something but I can’t narrow down the what. It’s only through trial and error or asking people (then ignoring their opinions because I realised what I wanted) that I get out of it.
- What are reading schedules?
As a book blogger/reviewer, I really should try to stick to some type of reading schedule. I always feel guilty not getting reviews of books publishers sent me up on/near the release date. But I just can’t! Aside from not having the time to physically read so many books so fast, my brain refuses to stick to schedules. I’ll make a list of books I need to read prioritised by release date and you can bet all your money the one I’ll be in the mood for is the one right at the very bottom of the list.
- Getting out of book hangovers can be a hell of a time
Book hangovers always leave me aching and numb. When you’re like this it’s hard to nail down what mood you’re in. Or you think that nothing could match your mood better than the amazing novel you just finished. It can take a long time and a lot of trial and error to finally find the next book that catches you. It’s also a massive threat to the Reading Binge of Awesome.
Mood reading can be really painful at times, especially for book bloggers trying to read review copies before the review date. But honestly, I don’t want to try to change my reading pattern. I read because I want to enjoy books, and my best chance of enjoying books comes when I match my mood.