If there is one thing I’ve seen almost every person in the bookish community say, it’s this phrase: “I’m a mood reader.” 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 because 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 📚
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 of 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 😖
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 I 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? 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.