I have always called myself a “mood reader.” When it’s spooky season, I want to read all of the dark and scary books. In the summer, I go for contemporaries. Sometimes I’m in the mood to only read fantasies for an entire month, and sometimes I can’t even decide what mood I am in, I just know that every single book I start I’m not in the mood for.
But this has become a problem. I always set TBRs for myself and then I don’t follow them. Or I have an ARC I need to read before publication, but I don’t feel like it’s the “right time.” I can’t even tell you how many books I’ve picked up only to read a couple of chapters and put them down again. I’ll get to it another time, I tell myself. And then I never do.
I’ve actually been trying to train myself to stop being a mood reader, which sounds weird, but it’s working.
This month, I decided I wanted to ACTUALLY read all of the books on my TBR. Out of the 7, I’ve read 3 of them, and I’m in the middle of 2 more. I forced myself to pick them up and start reading them regardless of the fact that I wasn’t “in the mood.”
And guess what? I LOVED them and couldn’t put them down once I started. Not being in the right mood had nothing to do with my enjoyment of the book because if a book is good, I’m going to like it no matter if I read it in July or December.
Along with this, I realized that I need to keep my TBRs each month small and manageable. This way I can get through the books I have to read that month, but I still have room to pick up others I want to read at the moment. This month’s TBR was a bit ambitious since I’m in school and have a lot of assignments to do. In the future, I’ll probably keep my TBRs at 5 books. That’s a little over 1 a week.
Obviously, if I’m not liking a book on my TBR, I’m not going to force myself to finish it. I am all about DNF’ing books. And yes, sometimes I’m still going to put down a book simply because I’m not in the right mindset for it. But, I’m hoping that by training myself a bit more, I will be able to hit deadlines faster, finish all of the books I’ve intended to read, and maybe even discover some new favorites along the way!
So tell me, are you a mood reader? How do you choose your next read?