I’ve often proclaimed on this blog that I’m a mood reader and lately this fact has being to the detriment of my blogging life. I’ve been going through a bit of an uncertain time in my life and that has ruled out certain genres for me. So if you’ve ever wondered how being a mood reader effects my blog, I’m going to be painfully honest in this post with you.
My definition of a mood reader:
This is just based on my experience. But what I’m reading is totally dependant on my frame of mind. That’s why I never make to-be-read lists (even though I list everything else in my life, seriously food, exercise, cleaning, shopping. I’m a dedicated lister). If I’m in a certain mood, then I need a book that will either match my vibe or it will end in disaster (such as hating the blameless book or just DNF’ing it).
What I can’t read right now:
- Fantasy – requires too much concentration. I need to really absorb facts and world building in a fantasy book and now I can’t seem to do that.
- Thrillers – normally my go-to genre but I can’t handle the twists and unpredictability. My own life has enough of that going on and I need something else in my downtime.
- YA contemporary – the issues seem so trivial and the characters are annoying me. Totally my problem as normally I love the feel-good-feels of this genre.
- Romance – just not holding my attention. I know I’m a bit impossible to please at the moment.
What I am reading instead:
- Old favourites – I’ve been rereading a lot of books that I loved as a child. I often do this when I need reassurance. The familiarity of knowing the characters and the story just seems to steady and comfort me.
- Historical Fiction – I’m not fully sure why this genre is working for me, but it is. Maybe because it’s in the past and I know how the world events turn out and so I can concentrate on the characters.
How being a mood reader affects my blog:
Badly! I am abandoning lots of books after a few chapters so I’m not really taking on any review books at the moment. I feel that I can’t properly review a book when my own circumstances are impacting my opinion so much. A book that I might love at another time is not getting a fair shot. Instead, I’m just discreetly abandoning it.
I’m rereading old favourites and some of these are out of print. So it feels very unhelpful to put a review of those out there. And on top of that, they probably have a very limited appeal to others as they are such a narrow range (for example the Antonia Forrest books)
I kind of compare it to going to a restaurant to review the food. But then ordering a plain chicken sandwich that isn’t even on the menu. I’m just doing my own thing and I can’t really talk about the pros and cons of the menu on such a limited experience.
I’m not really going anywhere with this post! I just want to share why I’m reviewing less. I’m not jumping ship on blogging, but until I shift gears, there might be less activity than normal. And hopefully, I’ll regain my passion for reading new books soon, as I miss the excitement. And don’t worry, I’m fine, I just have some difficult crap going on.
Talk to Trish: Are you a mood reader? Has it affected your blogging and what did you do about it?