Today’s discussion is about mood reading and mood readers. To me, mood readers are people whose mood dictates what books to read and whether a book is good or not.
Honestly, I consider myself a mood reader. I can only really read (and enjoy reading) a book when I’m in the zone. If I’m not in the zone, then DNF, DNF, DNF. Seriously, that’s how sad it is. I really wish I wasn’t such a mood (and moody) reader, but for some reason I have developed into one over the years. Before, I could just pick up a book and get into it if the writing was good and I liked where it was going. Nowadays I have to be in the “reading” mood in order to pick up a book. And if I’m not I just end up doing something else like blogging or surfing… the web. Even though reading is still my favorite hobby. Urgh, what am I going to do with myself?
And then there’s that DNF problem. It also works in reverse. If I’m “in the zone” I find that I can usually enjoy any book. Even if the book has a love pentagon and a super whiny annoying main character, if I start reading it and I’m in the mood, there’s a good chance it’ll end up with 4 or more stars. (And if I decide to reread it, DNF -__-). If I end up reading a fantasy novel while I’m in the mood for a contemporary, sorry, but that book is probably A) going to get DNFed (even if it’s part of one of my favorite series or written by one of my favorite authors) or B) get a 3 or less on my messed up rating scale (a discussion for another day). This is so horribly annoying because I just don’t have the time to wait for the “reading mood” to hit me. But I still want (and need to) read. So I try to force myself to. But it’s hard to enjoy a book when you feel like you are forced to read it (also why I kind of stopped reading a lot of ARCs and review copies and also another discussion for another day).
Urgh, why do I have to be a mood reader? Why can’t I just be able to enjoy a book when I pick up a good one? This is also why I go through a lot of reading slumps and am usually never able to finish my reading goals every year. Sigh.
Are you a mood reader?
Do you have any advice for someone who is?