Mood Readers

Here we are, back again with another Lowdown on post.  This one hits a little closer to home for me, since this topic describes me perfectly.  If you already know what a mood reader is or entails, do you consider yourself one?  Let me know in the comments below, and be sure to let me know if there are any other topics you’d like to see a post on!

So, what is a mood reader?  It’s pretty much what it sounds like.  Mood readers are readers who either don’t have a reading plan, or don’t follow the one they set out.  I’m typically the latter, having monthly lists of books I want to read, and then not being in the “mood” for it.  It’s a pain when you’re trying to get through a TBR list, and constantly buying books because the books you have are the ones you aren’t in the mood for, but Barnes & Nobles has everything.  Not a pretty scenario if you just want to save money.  It sometimes does work out though for the reading challenge if you find a series that grabs you and fits the mood.  I’m really shaking my head at myself, because it is just that annoying (sometimes frustrating if the funds aren’t there too).  It’s got its good moments and its bad, and the only thing you can do is try to adjust to fit your style.  If you think you’re a mood reader and want some ideas to help curb the craziness I’ll fill you in on the few ideas I’ve had while struggling with my mood reading.

Now we get to why this is in the Lowdown Series; how to handle having/being a mood reader.  If it’s yourself this applies to, it’s pretty easy to tackle, the other involves convincing a reader to mend their ways, which doesn’t go down too well (we are almost territorial creatures).  If it’s helping someone else I might recommend a library, since you can grab a whole stack of books and read what interests you when it interests you.  It doesn’t always work well with books that are popular and not always in stock since you’d be waiting on a list, but it helps for the majority of the time.  If they are game to trying some of my ideas below, feel free to pass the ideas along!

For those looking for themselves, I can only tell you what has kept my own issues in line.  The first is that while I have a yearly reading challenge goal (this year is 50-60 books!), I go month by month, allowing myself to go off of what I’m feeling at the time.  Most months this seems to work since at that point I’m going by what is exciting me then, and it at least carries based off what I just finished, or is coming out that month.  It also goes better than dictating I must read “x” book in this month or that month.  The best laid plans that start that way just get shredded, and it just creates so much pressure and stress, which reading is not about.  The other thing I do involves stocking different genre books.  In the summer, I know beyond a doubt that I will need to grab a bunch of contemporary romance novels, because summer and romance is a whole mood for me.  Come fall, it’s about magic, fantasy, and historical/royalty themed novels.  There isn’t a lot of logic as to why those genres at that time, but knowing what you like and when you like it help a lot in trying to keep yourself from going to the store every weekend.  It also helps keep you reading, and not watching tv as a last resort.

Those are most of the things that help keep me on track and entertained, the next few things are more or less just tips to keep it going.  One thing I’ve noticed is that as a mood reader, I don’t do well with book of the month clubs, or books sent for reviews, mainly because they don’t always fit the mood, and you are trying to force yourself to read something.  For that, I typically avoid book of the month clubs, but the review books are a lot harder.  For those, I read as soon as I get them, and if it’s still not clicking, I get background music, or a movie that might help set the mood.  It sounds silly, and probably is, but Pride and Prejudice was a hard one to get into, even with me picking it myself, but background music?  So easy to just sit and read!  Also, don’t be afraid to bargain with yourself.  If you’re struggling with a book, offer up an anticipated book to follow it with.  It gets you wanting to read faster, and makes finishing feel really good.

So, what do you think of mood readers?  Hopefully not judging us too hard.  If you are a mood reader, what “schemes” have you come up with to keep yourself on track?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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  1. You seem to know your own reading habits really well, Lauren. I am sporadic and most definitely a mood reader. I even read more than one book at a time depending on how I feel or which book is more interesting at the moment. Doing this makes it take forever to finish some books but for others, I can get through them quickly and am even able to finish whole series within a month or so. I definitely don’t do well with structured/planned TBR lists so I just pick up whatever catches my interest. Being such a mood reader, I found that audiobooks definitely help with finishing books. Sometimes I’d lose interest in a reading a book I want to finish, so I listen to the audiobook instead. Using different speed settings and having a (usually) good narrator to do the voices keeps it more interesting.

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    1. It definitely helps knowing your reading style when trying to read more or setting up a reading challenge. I’ve learned my “flaws” by fire pretty much, I might have to try your audiobook strategy sometime though since I’ve been marking more books DNF this year than I used to!

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