Why I’m Not a Mood Reader πŸ’­

If there is one thing I’ve seen almost every person in the bookish community say, it’s this phrase:Β “I’m a mood reader.”Β I personally feel like I’m in an exclusive minority here because I’m not a mood reader, and I don’t think I ever have been. When I go into a bookshop or a library I always go in with a clear goal in mind of which book I want to leave with and about 90% of the time it’s not based on my mood.

For today’s post, I thought I would try to come up with the reasons as to why I don’t read based on my mood and try to explain them as eloquently as I can. I might have failed on that though becauseΒ I’m a terrible rambler and I don’t plan on changing that because, at this point, it’s my brand.

i always make monthly tbr piles πŸ“š

Setting out every book I want to read in a month may seem like a bit of a commitment to some, but to me, it’s easier than just winging it and picking something off of my shelf every week based on how I feel at that moment in time. My mood can change pretty quickly so while I may be in the mood for one thing, two hours later I could change my mind and be in the mood for something else.

Another good reason I make monthly TBRs is that if I didn’t, I’d probably end up not getting any reading done because there isn’t anything right next to my head. I have a terrible memory that way.

i prefer to read seasonally 🌀️

I am 100% a supporter of matching what I read to the seasons because the weather can sometimes affect what books or even TV/movies I want to read/watch.

For example, I like to read contemporary books in the summer, horror in October, sci-fi in November, and fantasy in the winter. Contemporary and horror make sense there, but sci-fi in November is because ofΒ Sci-Fi Month (which I am constantly planning for because I love it), but fantasy in the winter is a little harder to explain.

I don’t leave the house very often thanks to unemployment, but during the winter I’m even less likely to leave the house because it’s cold, and even though I like the cold, I don’t like it that much. I’d rather stay in bed and read. Fantasy books tend to be longer, so therefore I’ll be reading them indoors for longer and that makes them perfect to read in the winter.

Plus, I just think that themed TBRs are more fun.

sometimes i can’t tell what my mood is πŸ˜–

My brain is really weird. It can identify three moods and only three: angry, tired, and sad. Why? I don’t know that’s just the way it’s wired, it only really picks up on bad emotions. And because I can only really tell when I’m in a bad mood, those moods as usually when IΒ don’t want to read.

Even when I can identify what mood I’m in, I’ve got another dilemma of what kind of book should match that mood. Say I’m in a good mood and I’m pretty happy. What do I go for here? Do I go for a light and fluffy contemporary or a heavy sci-fi? Do I want to read horror or fantasy?Β How can I make a decision like this when I’m in the right mood for anything??? Brains are weird, and mine doesn’t like me.


Are you a mood reader? How do you decide what you want to read?


  1. 23/03/2018 / 10:53 PM

    Even though i’m a mood reader, i do notice sort of trends in my reading. Like during winter time i would read more nordic noir, crime, mystery.
    During Summer i tend to read thrillers, those typical “summer reads”, sort of “women’s fiction”…

    • 01/04/2018 / 8:24 PM

      I tend to gravitate towards “summer reads” during the hotter seasons too; it just feels like the right time for me to read them for some reason.

  2. 25/03/2018 / 4:02 PM

    I totally get what you mean, Louise! I love coming up with monthly TBRs, and I know if I don’t I’ll never finish off the books on my shelf, but I am a HUUUGE mood reader. I buy something, and then the next day I feel like I don’t want to read it. But after a year I suddenly want to?? It’s difficult, but I know I can’t push myself to read something I don’t want to at the time. T_T I do have a preference of reading summer romances during the summer, though, but that’s about it. D:

    • 09/05/2018 / 2:07 AM

      Ooh, I really get that. I have so many books that I’ll buy either because I’ve been planning to or on impulse, and then I’ll end up leaving it unread for ages. I don’t like to push myself to read either, but sometimes it’s the only way that I’ll be able to get any reading done at all πŸ™ƒ

  3. Great post Louise! The idea of themed TBR’s is awesome! I also try to read horror in October because of Halloween and I didn’t know Sci-Fi month was still happening but I did join in with it two times and it was a lot of fun! Though, as a mood reader, doing those kinds of events can be tricky since I might not be feeling that genre at the time. So I try to plan it a bit so that whenever I feel like reading Horror when October is coming closer, I try to schedule my reviews for that genre in that month.

    • 09/05/2018 / 1:59 AM

      Sci-Fi Month is definitely a lot of fun! I love doing themed months both in terms of what I read and what I blog about because I tend to get a little carried away when I’m obsessed with a certain genre so I just want to read and talk about everything related to it. But I can definitely see how it would be trickier for mood readers.

  4. 02/04/2018 / 3:35 AM

    I’ve never really paid attention to whether mood readers are the majority or not tbh, but I am a mood reader. Idk how you can plan a monthly tbr cuz I could never lol. But don’t worry, mood reading is not always all it’s cracked up to be. It’s mostly frustrating trying to figure out what mood I’m in and then trying to figure out what book will suit that mood and also trying to fit in my review copies by the releas date. For me it’s not about my emotional mood though. My emotional mood can be completely separate from my reading mood. But I do like seasonal reading sometimes! Though that’s mostly that I like to read some Christmas themed books near Christmas, and I like reading books set in cold places during cold weather, haha.

    • 09/05/2018 / 1:52 AM

      Setting a monthly TBR isn’t an easy task, but it’s the only way I can read because otherwise, I’d never get any reading done at all πŸ˜… But I think I get what you mean about reading mood and emotional mood. Like, I could be in the mood for a certain genre while feeling another way emotionally. I think.

  5. 02/04/2018 / 8:34 AM

    Oh this is such an interesting post πŸ™‚ You’re right, we are hearing left and right that everyone is a mood reader, but… never from people who actually, aren’t, haha. Personally, I don’t set monthly TBRs, since I never own too many books to see that far ahead, sometimes. At the moment, I know I have like, 5 books ready at hand and they most likely will be on my TBR, but sometimes I just have one book and will have to buy other books next so… setting a TBR is complicated when I have no idea what I will want to buy, haha πŸ™‚
    I love the fact that you’re having seasonal reading! I know that I tend to enjoy my fluffy contemporaries in the summer and in the winter a bit more – hot and very cold season always gets me in the mood for some light books like that, haha, but I don’t really read, tons of Christmas-themed books for instance. Maybe I need to find more of these?!
    Lovely post! πŸ™‚ x

    • 09/05/2018 / 1:47 AM

      I sometimes struggle with setting monthly TBRs because I’ll just sit and look at my shelves and think that I don’t have anything that I want to read, but I always end up finding something because I’ll either look harder or go down to the library and look there.

      I love fluffy contemporaries in the summer too! I’m not really a summer person because being too hot makes me uncomfortable and ill, but I do always look forward to lighter books to read them. As for winter, I tend to go for fantasy books rather than Christmas-themed books because the only ones I can find tend to be picture books for small children πŸ™‚

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