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After reading Michelle’s “How a Moody Reader Picks Her Books” and Alys’s “How Being a Mood Reader Affects My Reading Experience,” I thought to myself, “am I a *whispers* mood reader?”
Because I never really thought I was at all.
Before this past year, if I happen to not be into a book, oh well, I guess I wasn’t reading that week (or month). Consistently trying to read every day but also almost never doing so was just what I was used to: other things came up and, honestly, sometimes those other things were more interesting than the book I’d happened to “assign” myself. And I never really questioned why that was the case.
But honestly? Sometimes I’m just not into a book. And reading more than one book at a time really helps keep me on track in terms of reviews. Once a month I sit down with my calendar and Goodreads to try and map out what kind of content I want to write for my blog, and posting book reviews once a week is a huge part of that content. But how do I acquire all of those reviews if I’m not reading all the time? And what happens when I am reading daily but the book I’ve started pretty much sucks?
Learning how other people define mood reading has lifted this weight off my shoulders, though. Like, I’m not alone? Other people also struggle through reading slumps and that’s totally okay and sometimes it’s perfectly acceptable to just read exactly what you’re craving? Reading literary fiction or narrative nonfiction in small bites, spread across weeks or even months isn’t my first choice—but allowing myself to also simply read fun and light books, books that I devour over days or sometimes hours because I literally can’t get enough, means that I’m both enjoying myself and populating this blog with more varied reviews. And that’s a win-win in my book.
So tell me…
- do you consider yourself a mood reader? Or do you start one book and finish it before moving onto the next (no matter how you’re feeling)?
- what factors influence what book(s) you choose to read?
- are you a single- or a multiple-book reader?