Are you a mood reader?

28/10/2015 Discussions, Reading 10

Are you a mood reader?Recently I’ve been reading the latest book in Conn Iggulden’s ‘War of the Roses’ series, Bloodline. If you look back at my review of the first two books (Stormbird and Trinity) you’ll see that I absolutely loved them, and Bloodline is just as fast paced and intriguing…so how come it’s taken me over two weeks to get a little over half way through it?

Every time I read it I find myself whizzing through chapter after chapter as I get more and more engrossed, but I find that I don’t often feel like picking it up and reading (which for me is pretty crazy!). So I started wondering whether it’s maybe just because I’m not feeling particularly ‘historical fiction-y’ (yes, that’s a thing!) at the moment? I don’t know about other bookworms, but I seem to go through phases where I devour books of a certain genre (mostly fantasy, to be fair!), but can’t really get into books of another, and at the moment it seems to be historical fiction. It’s nothing about the book – in fact so far it’s a great book! – it’s about me and what I’m feeling like at the time. Put simply, I’m a mood reader, and it’s pretty damn inconvenient!

I have an extensive TBR list that I really want to work through, but sometimes the next one in the pile I’m just not feeling, and it’s super annoying! It definitely slows down my progress, and I often find myself buying even more books to try and accommodate my current mood.

So does anyone else ever feel like this? And if you do, what do you do about it? Should I abandon my current read part way through and come back to it? Or carry on, seen as I’ve come this far?

10 Responses to “Are you a mood reader?”

  1. Page Inman

    I’m a firm believer that you’re in a mood for a certain book at a certain time. I experience that all the time. I’ve found that if I lose interest in a book that I need to put it aside and read it later, sometimes it maybe months before I’m in the mood for that book. I usually have several books going in case that happens. You’re normal, so don’t sweat it.

    • Laura

      I have been seriously considering putting the book aside, so it’s interesting to find out what other people do when they feel like this. Hopefully I’ll be back in a historical fiction-y mood soon, and then I can finish it!

  2. Pamela Nicole

    Well, for the most part, I can read the next book in the line with no problem, but the other times, I do have troubles getting into the book. I make excuses in my head like, ‘I’m just stressed’, or ‘I have too much hw, that must be it.’ But, I’ve learned to trust the red flags and abandon the book. Me, I rarely go back to a book once I’ve abandoned it, but if you enjoyed the other two books so much, maybe you’ll feel up for it soon!

    I guess it depends on if you want to risk not feeling very historical-fiction-y for a while and wait until the mood strikes again!

    • Laura

      I’ve tried to make excuses to myself as well because I did love the other two so much, but I might just have to accept that I’m not just not feeling it right now and need to put it aside for when I am. Hopefully my love of historical fiction will come back again soon!

  3. Heather

    I was like that with the book I reviewed today. Loved it while I was reading it but always wanted to pick up something else. I promised to review it for a Readathon this week or else I would have put it aside probably.

    • Laura

      Well I’m glad it’s not just me who has experienced this. I’ve never really had this before with a book that I actually really like, so it has been kind of odd! Generally I know a few pages in if I’m not feeling it, but I’m well over half way with this one.

  4. Alexandra Mayhew

    I am totally a mood reader! I go through phases of the kind of books I read depending on how I feel that day. Sometimes I really fancy a trip to fantasy land… Other times I want something light hearted and fluffy… Sometimes I fancy something that requires my dictionary be close to hand and other times I favour well-loved bookshop childhood 🙂 X

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