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On Being a Mood Reader

Mood Reader

Read (verb): look at and comprehend the meaning of (written or printed matter) by mentally interpreting the characters or symbols of which it is composed.

Reading isn’t subjective. You can read anything you want. In the whole entire world. The list of possibilities is never ending:

  • Novels
  • Fiction
    • romance
    • historical
    • fantasy
    • mystery
    • science fiction
    • crime
    • thrillers
    • action and adventure
    • westerns
  • Young Adult Fiction
  • Satire
  • Graphic Novels
  • Non-fiction

So you get what I’m saying? Literally, hundreds of thousands of choices when it comes to what you WANT to read. So how do you chose?

If you’re looking for an answer, I don’t have it. I am a mood reader. 

I read almost every genre. I LOVE historical fiction. I LOVE fantasy. I LOVE young adult fiction. I LOVE romance. I LOVE autobiographies. I LOVE contemporary novels. I LOVE non-fiction books. And I read them all.

And I struggle with that.

One look at my bookshelves would confuse anyone who sticks to a genre or two. I have Jane Austen sitting next to J.K. Rowling and The Zookeeper’s Wife beside The Color Project. Layed out as if I love them all equally (because I DO!). And I can switch between them at a drop of a hat. No matter how different the stories.

It just depends on what mood I’m in.

Which is the whole point of this post, right? On a cold, rainy day in October, I’m most likely to pick up a thriller like The Girl on the Train. On a cold, rainy day in May, you’ll find me reading historical fiction, like A Hundred Summers, or young adult contemporary like Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. On a warm, summer day you’ll find me reading classics like Sense and Sensibility or romance like Summerland. And on a cold, winter day I’ll be cuddled in with Little Women.

That’s a lot of types of books for a lot of different days but for me, that’s not all. I also have books that I go to when I’m sad (well it depends on why I am sad, but probably The Time Traveler’s Wife or Me Before You) and happy (Scrappy Little Nobody or ) and lonely (Wild or Harry Potter or The Book Theif) and homesick (Harry Potter or The Guernsey Literary and Potatoe Peel Pie Society) and bored (Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares or Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore).

For me, this looks like reading several books at a time. It looks like reading Children of Blood and Bone, Simon vs. the Homo Sapien’s Agenda, and the Wicked City. Fantasy, contemporary, and historical fiction at the same time. Despite the fact that I read faster when I’m focused on one book and enjoy the book more because I’m focused on a singular plot. This focus allows me to be more successful in reaching my goals.

But I struggle with it.

I love that I can read any kind of book when I feel like it, but it makes it difficult to describe my reading habits to anyone else. I have read many books across many genres so I can hold a conversation with almost any reader. But I struggle with being a Jack of all Trades, so to speak. Some of my biggest challenges include:

  • I am always partly through several books.
  • I have to overpack on books when I go anywhere just to make sure I have reading material for any mood I could encounter.
  • I don’t blog a specific genre (I rarely even follow a single author through several books).
  • I am slow to finish some books if it’s not something I’m consistently in the mood for.
  • I am mega-indecisive when it comes to “what to read next.”

 

Let’s talk! Are you a mood reader? Do you jump from book to book depending on what you “feel” like reading? How many books are you part of the way through right now? If you are a mood reader, how do you deal with the continual book-switching?

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