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Discuss: Are You a Mood Reader?

I’m TOTALLY guilty of mood reading. The question is….ARE YOU?!

Discuss: Are You Mood Reader?

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In case you weren’t sure what a mood reader is, I’ll define it for you:

Mood reader (n): One who chooses and reads a book according to their current state of mind. For example: A mood reader will forgo the next book in their TBR because they’re more in the mood to read something with romance or fantasy or falls into a specific genre (chick lit, historical fiction).

So, are you a mood reader?? Just occasionally? Is there a particular type of book you’re always in the mood to read?


I would say I’m 50/50 type mood reader. Sometimes, I just can’t read the next book on my list. Because I review almost all of the book I read on the blog, I often feel pressure to get to read every ARC I receive. The reality is, if I did that, I’d probably hate that next book.

I just can’t force myself to read books. It has to be 100 percent my decision and not my list’s. There are always exceptions, but I try to balance reviewing books in a timely fashion and also choosing something totally for myself.

I’m ALWYAS, ALWYAS, ALWAYS in the mood for a book with a great romance. And fantasy/sci-fi, obviously.

Are you guilty??

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • http://www.adventuresofalondonkiwi.blogspot.com/ adventuresofalondonkiwi

    So, so guilty of this. I usually have 3 books on the go which helps as I can switch really easily.

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      That’s smart!! Are you good with keeping all the stories straight?

  • Anya E. J.

    I’m not at all a mood reader and I’m honestly kind of jealous of all of you that are! Whenever I look around to try to decide what to read next, I’m generally not pulled strongly towards any one book, hence why I just follow my list. I wish that I could get really excited to read a specific book so that I then super enjoyed starting it, but I think that part of my brain is broken from grad school ;-)

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      Honestly, it’s for the best you’re not. I feel terribly guilty when I don’t get to an ARC on time because I’m just not in the mood for that type of story. :/ School has ruined us all lol

  • http://theindigoshelf.blogspot.com/ Makaela T

    Ugh, I feel the exact same way! I just picked up a bunch of my holds from the library (I have been waiting a good 6 months to read most of them) and I can’t seem to pick one up! Maybe I will just read all of them at the same time? =P I can never sit down to read, unless I have nothing to do in the mornings. That’s usually when I am at my best, focusing-wise. I can always go for a magical fantasy, but everything else is random. Sometimes I get a really bad hankering for a contemporary romance. I don’t normally like them, but for some reason I feel like I need one before I am able to read anything else. I have such a long TBR list and I never read anything because of this!

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      I feel ya. My TBR is out of control. And I end up reading books that aren’t on it. THE STRUGGLE IS REAL.

  • Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    I actually JUST wrote about this! I’m usually a “anything goes” sort of reader, but lately the only thing I’m in the mood for is contemporary. It’s making it hard though, because I have so many fantasy/sci-fi books that I want to read on my shelf, but I’m just not interested!

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      Kayla, we are opposites! lol I’m always in the mood for fantasy and scifi, but the contemporary I choose has to be pretty specific. It’s weird to have these types of phases.

  • http://www.notyetread.com/ Pabkins

    Ok I am right there with you Lisa. I have to be in the mood to read a book. If i am not it will make me not enjoy it at all. For that reason sometimes an Arc will go unread for months even til the next year on the very rare occasion. I just have to read what I want. Tho technically I want to read them all, sometimes I notice I will request a book and then I wont be in the mood for it again for ages!

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      Absolutely!! Maybe it’s because we read so much?? I would rate to read a book and be in a terrible mind frame for it and let that affect a review, you know? It’s like we’re trying to be MORE fair…right?? :)

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