Hello, my name is Jessica and I’m a mood reader. I buy books that I don’t read, and I don’t read books that I do want to read.
Now that we’ve got that confession out of the way, I just want to say that being a mood reader can be great!
Maybe you wake up with a certain feeling and you just know exactly what book you need to read right this second (or well, after food probably). There’s no umming and ahhing about what to read next and weighing up piles/lists of books and writing pros and cons and things to figure out just which one to go for. None of that (or well, very little of that). You can simply look at a list of books (if you have an ereader like me) or a pile of books (for you plebs in the back – no I’m joking. I love real books and am sad I’m not well enough to read them any more) and with just one glance you can say THAT ONE!
Sounds like bliss, right? Less procrastinating = more reading. No making up TBR jars, or having to preplan lists for the next month. Just an instant decision.
That sounds perfect?
Well you are wrong. You are oh, so very wrong, my friends. And I am going to bring you through exactly why,
1. Not being able to read your next Favourite book
Because no matter how much you love the sound of a book, no matter how much you just know you will absolutely love it, if you don’t FEEL like reading it then it doesn’t get read. Lets just back track there and say that again.
I see a book, it looks pretty. I read the blurb, it sounds perfect. I want to read it right now but – I can’t.
I could even have it right here with me queued up on my kindle mocking me but I know that if I’m not in the mood to read it then I will not enjoy it and I will ruin a book that should have been amazing. So it just sits there, unloved. And I just sit here, sad that today is yet another day that I can’t read it. Which is fine, if tomorrow is the day that you feel like reading it but, invariably, it isn’t and so you go months without being able to read what, for all intents and purposes, should be your next favourite book.
But that is not all.
The problem with a book that you really want to read but can’t for months is that you have to avoid it like the plague to stop it from being ruined for you.
That means when ever you visit book blogs that you follow, goodreads, even twitter or instagram you have to be mega careful. You can’t read blog posts of reviews for that book but also clicking on any book tags in general is dangerous because what in case they mention something!?!
3. The Hype Train
Related to the above, some books are just everywhere! You hear about a book, you think you’ll love it but then you don’t read it and are subjected to months upon months of having to see that book being hyped up by everyone and suddenly expectations are sky high and what if it’s not good enough? I should have read it before the hype train but I just didn’t feel like it and now it might be ruined even though I’ve avoided spoilers.
4. Book deals and ARC’s
Cheap and free books should never be a problem but really they’re just a very exciting distracted because ooh look a shiny new thing and who doesn’t like exciting, shiny new things? So even if you might have been in the mood for that book you haven’t read for months now earlier now you want to read this new one.
5. Confusing TBR Lists
Being a mood reader means that you end up having books on your TBR that you can’t even remember why you added. I’m not talking because it was so long ago and that’s the kind of book you were interested in then. I’m talking one day you were in a weird mood and that blurb spoke to you but now you are looking at it again and you can’t for the life of you think of what it could have been saying that made you want to read it.
But you know you were excited about it at some point so maybe you’ll have that particular mood again, at some point, in the near but probably more like far future. Maybe.
And so, finally, just to round off my points, I am going to leave you with some specific examples of just why it sucks to be a mood reader (Other than the dozens of books on my kindle that I haven’t felt like reading)
6 Books I really freaking hope I read by the end of the year because, I mean come on, I’ve been wanting to read these for forever by now:
So how about you, are you a mood reader or do you spend ages looking at books trying to decide what to read next? Are there any books that you’ve wanted to read for ages but even though you really want to and get excited just thinking about them you just…. Haven’t? Have you read all of the books on my list? What did you think? You never know, it might put me in the mood to read one and I will be forever grateful!