Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What kind of reader are you?

Are you a "mood reader" or a "read in order of receiving" kinda person?

I was thinking about this topic for a while and I have to say that I think I am more of a mood reader, or at least I prefer to read my books that way. I do try to get to my review books in a timely fashion, especially the ones for blog tours, etc. But most of the time the reason a book in my review pile doesn't get read right away is that I am not in the right mood for it. I would hate to give a book a bad review based on the fact that I wasn't in the mood for it, so sometimes my review books wait a little until I am ready for them - or I pick them up, give them a try, put them down and try again later if it's just not working for me.

This week is a perfect example. I'm off work recovering from surgery and I thought what a perfect time to get through those two blog tour books I need to read for this week and next week. But what did I do? Picked up a copy of Monster High that I borrowed from my niece instead. I wasn't in the mood for the review books at all. Now I'm at the point where I can get back into my two review books and hopefully just fly through the pages. It's almost like going through a reading slump and then finding that one book that you've just been dying to read and it brings you back into the reading/reviewing world again.

My BFF, Aislynn, says:
"I'm definitely a mood reader - the book has to really get my attention for me to pick it up and devour it.  I have several books sitting in my 'to be read' pile that I know I have to read, but they are a lot 'heavier' then I normally read, and I just haven't been in the mood for that type of book. I agree that sometimes waiting will alter how I see a book - if I'm "forced" to read it I might not truly enjoy the book the way I should."

My fiancee, Greg, says:
"I like reading books that I know I'm going to enjoy at that moment. I read what I want to read. Even if I received a bunch of books as gifts, I don't read them in the order that I received them, I read them based on my mood or based on if it's part of a series I know I already enjoy."

Do your book moods change like those of a mood ring?

18 comments:

  1. I am definitely a moody reader! I have a friend who plans what she's going to read ahead of time and then she sticks to that schedule. No way could I do that! If I tried, it would probably take me forever to finish the book and I wouldn't be able to truly enjoy it.

    ♥Isalys / Book Soulmates

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    1. The only books I plan to read are book tour ones, but I like to mix in books from my TBR pile to keep is fun. I'm very much a mood reader and will flip to a different book if I feel like I'm struggling with a review book. I would not be able to stick to a schedule like that. LOL

      Thanks for stopping by Isalys!

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  2. I am absolutely a mood reader, and as such sometimes have up to three books on the go - say, a doorstopper literary classic, a fantasy and a childhood favourite, depending on what I fancy at the time.

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    1. I usually have a few on the go too. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I totally feel ya. I have a TBR mountain and a lot of those books are ones that I eagerly awaited their releases. But did I jump into them right when I got them? Nope. And I've picked one or two up to start reading and ended up putting them back. Mainly cuz I was not feeling either that genre or I knew that the mood wasn't right for what I wanted right now. :)

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    1. Erin - I totally agree... my mountain keeps growing too. Good luck tackling your TBR pile. And thank you for taking an interest in my post. :)

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  4. I'm a mood reader for sure and I am doing better at not accepting reviews also. I could never read in order of received that will total mess with my flow and probably put me in a slump.

    At times I can't figure out what I want to read and will read first paragraphs to get a feel and one will always suck me in.

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    1. That's an awesome way of choosing what to read next. I am also getting better at saying NO to books for review. I only accept ones that are on my wishlist or that I am really interested in. I have a huge review pile to catch up on... its kinda scary. LOL Hopefully this summer I can get it all cleaned up and be on track again. ;)

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  5. I read in order of which I receive my books, with the exception of books for review.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Kelsey. :) I always love to read how people manage their reading piles.

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  6. Definitely mood reader. It's hard to make yourself read something when you don't feel like enjoying it.

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  7. Great post! I am definitely a mood reader. I have a general order, especially if I promised a review, but if I'm not in the mood I'll read something else first.

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    1. That's pretty much how I am too. I have my review list, but sometimes I have to read something that I am more in the mood for before I fall into a reading slump. :)

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  8. I'm definitely a mood reader, too! No matter how good or appealing the book is, if I don't feel like reading it, I'm not going to read it until I am in the right mood. I have some books I would read in a heartbeat at the time I ordered them, but then the mood passed before I got them, so now they are waiting for when I'm in the right mood.

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    1. That happens to me all the time! :)

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