When I first started blogging, I saw people chatting about how to read books. At first I was confused. Don’t you just pick up books and start reading? (actually not) Because there’s different styles of reading.
There’s TBR readers. Dedicated, magical individuals with bookish checklists. Each week, they know what they need to read. and they probably read them all. And manage to write TBR posts, maybe even weekly. Call me stunned.
Because that is NOT me at all. I never even thought about having a reading list until I logged into Goodreads. And I think of my TBR list as my idea list. Here’s a million and one books I’d probably like to read before my funeral.
How I picture magical people putting together a TBR list
My roommate pulled me aside last semester and showed me her TBR. A veerrryyy long list.
I glanced at it, before handing it back to her. Nice job. It’s a great list.
Then she asked, Should I add anything?
I was kind of confused. Um, I guess. If you want, you can add something?
No, she clarified, Am I missing any books?
How should I know? Lists basically mean nothing to my reading. I do try to read new books. And keep track of what I’m reading. But I really, super duper struggle to make a list and actually read everything on that list.
If I’m not a list reader, what kind of reader am I?
Then I saw people calling themselves mood readers. Hmm, maybe that was me? at first, I din’t want to be a mood reader. Because it sounded kind of moody. (does that make sense? probably not. my brain is weird)
Moody reader sounded like someone who can’t read whatever they need to read. But someone who is stuck to reading whatever they currently feel like.
That sounded scary. Scarier than TBR readers. Probably because that’s exactly me. *hides*
So what exactly do I really mean by mood reader?
Basically, I read whatever strikes me. At the moment. Whenever I feel like it, I read a book. Thankfully, I feel like reading lots of books lots of the time.
Being a mood reader is fun. Super fun. But there are also downsides. (As I’m sure there are also pros and cons to TBR readers)
Let’s discuss the inner turmoil of mood reading. My Pros, Cons and Tips for Mood Reading.
Pro – I can read anything pretty much whenever.
When I go to the library, I pick up around 10 books. All sorts of genres. Historical fiction. Fantasy. Contemporary. Big books. Funny books. Looongggg books.
and while I have those books, I will probably read them all. I might start one, and read half of it one night. The next afternoon, I might start another book, before going back and finishing the first book.
It’s out of order and wacky. But it works! If reading isn’t fun, what’s the point? Oh, to learn, of course. (I am learning, ok?)
But I might not finish all my books. Because, mood.
This gif goes somehow, because being Moody. And not finishing the end of the story? IDK, I need this gif to work, ok?
Con – I don’t finish everything I start.
Confession – I start a ton of books. And don’t finish everything. As a kid, my mom told me I couldn’t keep more than 7 books on my nightstand. Needless to say, I constantly broke that rule. And she made me put my books away all the time. I argued about it, too. (my mom won all the arguments)
Now, I keep a pile of books by my bed. Mostly all the library books. And there’s always one or two I just don’t finish. I keep renewing, and renewing, until eventually the library makes me return the book.
This just happened with Turtles All the Way Down. I kept meaning to finish it, but it just didn’t strike me. And I wasn’t in that particular mood. And someone put it on hold at the library, so it had to go back.
Con – My review schedule is all over the place.
At the beginning of each month, I write out when I want to publish that month’s reviews. Do I ever stick to that schedule?
No. Never, ever.
Sometimes, I might write a review right on time. but most of the time, they’re super random and typed out the night before. Sometimes, I finish a book at midnight and post the review the next day at 9am.
It’s just hard! Because, some reads just don’t flow. And then I pick up a book I feel so much more, and read it instead. The next thing I know, I’m completely off my reviewing schedule.
Tip – Create mood based TBRs.
One thing I have done to work with my mood, is write tbr’s with lots of different styles of books. And because I’m typically disciplined, I can read them.
I am goal oriented. If my TBR matches my goal, I can typically get my mood to work with me. I want to read 12 non-fiction books. So I find a non-fiction book that matches my current feelings. If I’m really interested in learning about the Obama campaign, let’s pick a non-fiction book about the Obama campaign. Now, I’m working with both my mood, and my TBR goal. (Spoiler, I read lots and lots of political non-fiction)
Pro – I’m not stuck with any particular genre
The very nicest thing about my particular brand of mood reader, is I read literally everything. I’m so not discriminatory about book genres.
I love contemporary. I love historical fiction. And classics. And fantasy. I love long reads, Short reads. All reads.
In fact, if I’m kind of weary of a specific genre, I’ll just switch to another genre for a few reads. And then I’m great with picking up the old genre again.
Tip: Find people who will help set your mood.
I know some mood readers struggle with buddy reads. But I’ve found that if other people are excited about a book, I can typically get excited too.
^Actual footage of bookish people when a hyped book is released^
So, even if I’m most likely not in the mood to cry my eyes out, if Malanie is coaching me to read Adam Silvera, I will read Adam Silvera. (thanks, Mal)
This excitement also works through social media. Everyone on book twitter chatting about a book? Than I’m super excited to pick that book up!
The problem is, I read so fast, sometimes, I get caught up in this huge hype mood. And I don’t notice problematic stuff. Then later, when I’m rereading, I’m frustrated with all the weird problematic stuff I didn’t notice because of my hyped mood.
Can you believe I wrote this post in less than 15 minutes? That doesn’t include the formatting, just writing the words. I’ve been terribly behind this week finishing up exams and moving out of the dorms, so I crammed in writing this post while I had a few minutes Thursday afternoon. (yes, I know it’s Saturday evening. My computer was packed for two days)
I didn’t realize I had so many thoughts about mood reading until I speed wrote this, and thought, WHOAH? A thousand words in less than a half hour? I’m super opinionated about this?!?!
Though why am I surprised? I always manage to be opinionated.
Are you a mood reader? or not? If not, what kind of reader are you? Do you create mood-based TBRs? Are you great at actually completing your TBR?
If you’re a mood reader, how do you get into a reading mood?
Have you watched Infinity War yet? PLEASE LET”S TALK ABOUT THIS MOVIE. I am suffering so silently, because spoilers, but that movie has killed me.