Bookish Chat: How being a Mood Reader effects my Blog

March 2, 2017 Blogging, Bookish chat 13

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.

How being a mood reader affects my blog



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.

What next?

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?

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13 Responses to “Bookish Chat: How being a Mood Reader effects my Blog”

  1. Tanya Jackson

    I’m definitely a mood reader – but I think you can still blog with reading like that. Nothing wrong with writing a review of an older more popular book – because more people have read it, it should generate more discussion! And why not have a series that says … I finally read it “name of popular older book” 🙂

  2. Jennifer

    I am sorry you are having a hard time right now. I hope things get easier.

    I actually enjoy reviews of older books. I don’t read a lot of new fiction so the older things are perfect for me. Plus, I would definitely be interested in older children’s books since I am always looking for things for my daughter. She likes some of the older books. I just looked up Antonia Forest and might see if I can find some for her.

  3. Bookworm Brandee

    I consider myself to be a mood reader as well, Trish, and I know my mood will affect how I enjoy a book. I do read my go-to authors when I need comfort for sure. And I’m confident in saying that if something specific is bothering me in my personal like, it absolutely affects how I feel about characters and their decisions in a book…often negatively. :/ Thanks for sharing about how mood reading, and life in general, is impacting your blog. I hope things are resolved soon and positively!! 😀
    Bookworm Brandee recently posted…Release Day Review ~ Rescued by the Wolf ~ Kristal Hollis (@KristalHollis) #201NewRelease

  4. Lola

    I am a moodreader too and while I make lists for everything I rarely do that for books. Most of the time I go with my mood and read what I want. At the moment that’s cozy mysteries, I think I just read 5 cozies in a row and am now reading another one. I feel a bit bad as now all my reviews for the next month are 75% cozies and I know not all my readers read that genre. So yes I can definitely relate to this as I am a moodreader myself as well.

    I am sorry to hear you’re going through an uncertain period in your life. I feel that what we go through in real life can definitely impact what we read.
    Lola recently posted…Lola’s Ramblings: Favorite and least favorite romance tropes

  5. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance

    I’m sorry life is getting in the way of certain genres of books. I really like YA contemporary and contemporary in general, but I tend to avoid most “fluff” type of books because they can annoy me on any day. haha It’s good you are finding some things to read! Don’t worry about reviewing less; we’ll all be here when you are reading more. 🙂
    Let’s Get Beyond Tolerance recently posted…Rainbow Roundup: Reviews, Book Look, and More!

  6. Molly @ Molly's Book Nook

    Gosh, I relate to this so much. I’ve been in the weirdest slump lately. I’m a mood ready but I have NO IDEA what my mood is right now? Like I don’t know AT ALL what I want to read. I’ve picked up several books to only put them down OR take an entire month to finish it! I’ve only read 5 books so far this year and two of them were Oscar Wilde short stories >.<
    Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook recently posted…Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall // A book that did it right

  7. Wattle

    I’m also a mood reader, though I have a TBR, it’s not in any sort of order (and indeed, I’ll probably never read half of them haha)

    I’m sorry to hear you’ve got some stuff going on, I hope things have picked up for you <3
    Wattle recently posted…Life Happens #3

  8. Chrissy

    I’m a mood reader, too. Sometimes it depends on what genres I am editing at the time. I tend to not read those same genres for review. If I need something light or easy, I’ll go with chick lit, YA, or MG. Sometimes I just want to read Middle Grade books that my kids will read some day. Sometimes I go with a thriller just for something different and that will keep me turning pages. I want to read more historical fiction, too. And visiting old favorites is a must. I am itching to reread Harry Potter, Twilight, and Pride & Prejudice.

    I hope all is going well and things settle soon. Hang in there!
    Chrissy recently posted…Boost It Tuesday! – March 28, 2017

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