If you’ve been following my blog for a while then you probably know I’m a huge mood reader. I don’t like too much structure, deadlines, and don’t like to force anything, so being a mood reader works for me. However, there’s a downside it. So, let’s discuss the pros and cons of mood reading.
ENJOY MORE BOOKS
Being a mood reader means I read what I want when I want. There’s no pressure to stick to a TBR and I tend to enjoy the books I pick up more. It also means there’s less of chance to DNF (did not finish) books because it’s actually a genre or trope I want to read.
CHOOSE WHAT I READ BROADLY
Mood reading gives me the chance to try new genres and new books. I tend to read a lot of fantasy, but when I let my mood dictate what I read, it’s pretty broad. I can jump from sci-fi to chick lit to literary fiction to race theory to Green Eggs and Ham in one week because of my mood.
I KNOW WHAT I WANT
This kind of goes back to enjoying more books. As a mood reader, I know what I want and I can avoid genres that I’m not feeling. So many books came out this spring, but because I know what I’m not in the mood for, I haven’t purchased many new releases. You’re welcome, bank account.
TBRS AND SCHEDULES
Being a mood reader means I always abandon my TBR. I abandon my TBR so often that I stopped making a monthly TBR because I can’t stick to a schedule. I envy those of you who can. Because my mood dictates what books I pick up, I cycle through a bunch of books before I find one that interests me, which means I can’t keep a consistent review schedule. My mood reading is the reason I decided, after I finished Circe, that I wouldn’t request ARCs.
I can go days or weeks without reading a book because I can’t decide what I’m in the mood for. Am I in the mood for romance? Fantasy? Standalone? Series? Nonfiction? I don’t know. I can’t decide. Most times, this leads to browsing for books online or in bookstores and my unread TBR stares at me with judgy eyes when I bring new books home. Of course, I make some promises to my TBR to do better. I don’t. It’s a vicious cycle.
I’m sorry, book. It’s not you, it’s me. Even when I’m excited about a book or series, I could put it down and never pick it up again because I don’t feel like reading it. This kind of goes back to my reasons I’m the worst at series post. I will abandon a series even if I really enjoyed the first book. Ask The Illuminae Files about me.
Can you imagine waiting almost three months for a book to become available and returning it unread? This happened to me in February and March. I waited months for Homegoing, The Diviners, and The Final Empire. Returned them unread.
Tell me about your reading habits! Are you a mood reader? What are the pros and cons? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!