The Pros and Cons of Mood Reading

April 16, 2016 Discussion 44

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.

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  • 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.

Are you a mood reader or do you read by schedule?
Could you be a mysterious third type of reader?

44 Responses to “The Pros and Cons of Mood Reading”

  1. Kezia Liemen

    Ooh I’m definitely the mood reader type! And I totally agree — BINGE READING IS THE BEST!! I remember back the time I marathoned Throne of Glass and it felt awesome to be so deeply connected with the story. Most of the time I end up forgetting some parts of the book when the next installment comes out so it’s good not having to experience that once in a while :D It does take me ages to pick which one to read — or whether I want to read or not — but I like being a mood reader. I think it makes me happier cause I don’t have to force myself when I don’t feel like it.

    • Bec

      Forgetting some things is the downfall of binge reading… but you get over that by binge reading all the books again XD

      Forcing yourself to read something can suck the joy out of it

    • Bec

      I tried setting myself a specific TBR for a while but gave up on that a long time ago haha It’s too hard to stick with them.

      That would be kind of frustrating, having so many phases of wanting to read then not. Though it does happen sometimes.

      Thanks :)

    • Bec

      It is so frustrating! And often you don’t know which book will be the right one until you start it.

  2. JennRenee

    So I try to read by a schudule. I want to be organized but it never works out for me. I am a mood reader. for sure. I do a seasonal reading challenge. there are over 50 tasks to help you choose a book to read. This helps me. For three months I have a plan a list of books.. is it ever followed to the tee. Nope… I change the books out for other ones depending on my mood. But it helps. I get to mood read out of the scheduled books. best of both worlds.

    Book hangovers are the worst. UGH!
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    • Bec

      I suck at challenges like that because of my mood reading haha. 50 is a lot of options.

      I try and alternate between one mood read and one scheduled read to balance it.

  3. Denise

    I totally agree with you! I’m 100% a mood reader, so it can be so hard. Sometimes I have no idea as to what to read, as I just don’t know which book I want! Another thing that’s really bad about being a mood reader is that if I’ve been sent a book for review, I wanted to read it at the time, but by the time I’ve been accepted, I don’t want to read it any more! Then I’m just never in the mood for it, and I have to force myself to read it, so I don’t enjoy it :/

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    • Bec

      I feel that with review copies! Or you’re really keen to read it when it arrives, but don’t have time and then when you can finally pick it up your mood has completely changed. It’s frustrating!

  4. Greg

    I agree, I’m a mood reader too. I can’t make myself read something I’m not in the mood for. And yes to the binging thing- when I read a book #1 just to “try” the series and it rocks and then I binge the whole trilogy or whatever- those are good times. lol.
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    • Bec

      Haha they are great times. That is one of the best things about mood reading, the ability to binge read a series or genre or author and not get sick of it.

  5. ShootingStarsMag

    I’d actually say I’m in the middle to be honest. I try and follow my reviewing schedule as much as possible, but sometimes I do know what type of book I want to read (especially after I’ve read a book similar to that) and I do try and read based on my moods when I can. It’s good for me to switch things up!
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  6. Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

    I am SUCH a mood reader. I can’t stick to anything that resembles a reading schedule. That’s just not my thing!! Sometimes I just want to read a cutesy contemporary, and I’ll impulsively read it instead of reading a book that I NEED to read for a promo/blog tour/publisher thing… Yeah it’s bad xD
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    • Bec

      Reading schedules are way too restrictive. Sometimes it’s better to just give in to temptation.

  7. Helen

    I totally agree with all of this! However, I’m just the kind of person who doesn’t really feel obligated to be on a schedule because 1) I’m not as involved as you are in the bookish community (THOUGH I WISH I WAS OMG) and 2) I’m just a kind of go with the flow person! BUT BOOK HANGOVERS ARE THE WORST. (and the best. sometimes maybe they’re good for us and periods of despair are totally healthy. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA WHAT WAS THAT LAST SENTENCE ANYWAY.) I’m totally indecisive too! WE’RE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT DON’T WORRY.
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    • Bec

      Haha I’m really not all that involved. Uni means I have to step back more than I’d like :( And I kind of wish I did have more freedom and less guilt.

      Mood reading is a big problem haha

  8. Tasya

    I’m definitely a mood reader. It’s really hard when you don’t know what books you’re in the mood for! Like I just try to open and read few pages of different books and ended up putting them on hold because I’m not in the mood for it *sigh* But binge-reading is definitely one of the pros of being a mood reader!
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    • Bec

      It is so difficult! I start about 20 different books while trying to find one that grabs me.

      Binge reading is amazing!

  9. Cait @ Paper Fury

    I’m like a wannabe mood reader. If left to it, I think I WOULD be?? But I can’t because of library books and review-copies. And I kind of do like being on a schedule because at least I don’t have to sit around fretting over what to pick up next (omg whyyyyy is choosing the next read SO HARD?!) And I don’t mind being on a schedule, but often times I pick up a book I know I’m not in the mood for and it does affect me levels of enjoyment. And it’s RUINATION if I try to pick up an epic fantasy when I’m not motivated. :P Those things take effort, omg.
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    • Bec

      You read so many books with a time frame attached, it’s hard for you to get the chance to be a mood reader haha .

      With how hard it is, you would think choosing which book to read is deciding the fate of the world haha

      Epic fantasy can take monumental amounts of effort and motivation!

  10. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    As a fellow mood-reader, I 100000% agree with ALL of the above points. As a mood reader, it’s fun to pick up a book that perfectly fits your mood ♥ And those binge reads are only like, THE BEST thing ever!! On the other hand, coming off of a book/series binge/hangover is a cruel, cruel thing! And yeah: WHAT IS A READING SCHEDULE. Oh how I wish I could follow one sometimes! *shakes fist*
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    • Bec

      I love binge reading so much! And the marathons of 5 star books because everything you read fits your mood.

      Being able to follow a reading schedule would make things easier haha

  11. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    I think I am somewhat of a mysterious third type of reader. I read by mood most of the time, because when I pick up a book I am not in the mood for, nothing goes right. BUT I also have a schedule because I am someone who likes lists and schedules, and needs to know what happens and when. So I WILL, on occasion, pick up a book SOLELY because it is releasing soon, and I need to have a review up as close to the publishing date as possible. I suppose that sometimes this isn’t particularly fair to the book if I’m not in the mood for it, but it’s like my brain KNOWS that it needs to stick to schedule sometimes, and it just doesn’t enforce it’s mood reading reign on me.
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    • Bec

      You’re the inbetweener! I wish I was more like you haha. I feel so guilty forcing myself to read a book when I’m not in the mood for it… but also guilty for neglecting it if it is releasing soon.

  12. A Canadian Girl

    I’m a mood reader too so I totally sympathize with you about not being able to stick to a reading schedule. I also have tons of trouble getting started with a book if I’m not in the mood for any specific genre or am just in the mood to veg out and binge watch TV shows.
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    • Bec

      Every now and then I do end up taking a break from reading to binge tv shows. Those are strange times.

  13. Kelly

    Most definitely a mood reader too Bec. I used to be super organised, I’d know what I needed to read and when and would try to post my review around the time of release as well. Then during 2015, I had one of those bugger it moments and it was either change my reading habits and read without pressure, or walk away from blogging. With review copies now, I read them when I feel like it. Not meaning to sound blase, but I found that if I felt forced to read it then I don’t enjoy it as much. And I figure that there’s enough reviews around release day and I can post mine up after the buzz dies off. Great discussion Bec, really enjoyed it <3
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    • Bec

      Those bugger it moments can be so freeing!

      That is a good way to think of it all! And a mindset I need to enforce more haha.

      Thanks :)

    • Bec

      The guilt can be crushing and it’s really not very good for blogging haha, but the pay off of enjoying books is great! I

  14. molly @ molly's book nook

    HAHA yes to all of this. Also, slumps. I know you touched on schedules and hangovers but also slumps are so hard for me to get out of. I seriously just went 2 weeks without picking up a book. It plays into the “not knowing what I want to read” thing too. But just lasts WAY WAY WAY longer xD
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    • Bec

      Slumps and hangovers can go hand in hand sometimes. Sometimes you just get in the mood where you don’t want to read, and it’s weird and frustrating.

  15. Sarah J.

    I think I’m in between. Sometimes I love having to know that I need to have a book read by a certain time specifically, but others I just want to pick something randomly. I do feel quite a lot of pressure to pick the right book when mood reading though. It’s especially hard to choose after reading several amazing books and wanting to continue the streak. Of course running into books that aren’t as good are probable, but also books that I have to read by a specific time are sometimes enjoyed less because of the time constraint I feel weighing down on me.
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    • Bec

      There is a lot of pressure with mood reading! Streaks are terrifying because you’re worried about what book will be the book that breaks it.

    • Bec

      Tbh I’d rather have better reading experiences and rate books higher than try to stick to deadlines and have the joy sucked out of reading.

  16. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    Ugh, yes, indecisiveness and mood reading are a terrible combination! I swear I sometimes spend whole days just staring at my books but unable to actually start anything because I want *something* but just don’t know what exactly that something is. And if I pick up the wrong book, I’m not going to enjoy it. I find that having review copies actually helps though. If I know what I’m in the mood for, I read that. If I don’t know, then I just grab the next book I have up for review instead of spending all the time I could be reading just sitting around in my indecision lol.
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    • Bec

      They really are! And it’s the combination I experience every time I go to pick what to read next haha. It always feel like the answer to what you want to read is RIGHT THERE but you just can’t see it.

      Sometimes I’ll just pick up the next review book, start it, and then abandon it because I figured out what I wanted haha

  17. Becca @ Becca & Books

    BAHAHA LOVE IT. I’m veryyyyy much a mood(y) reader. So I just go with the flow and love the life but when it comes to book *blogging* NO I NEED RULES I NEED A SCHEDULE WHY AM I LIKE THIS. My review side of my blog is so disorganized due to my disorganized reading WHY AM I LIKE THIS
    delightful post!! love your gif choice
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    • Bec

      Thanks! I like to think I’m good at gifs ;)

      There is nothing wrong with a disorganised blog! Keep your readers guessing :P

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