Basically this is me complaining about my reading habits as of the last three weeks. Because I can, and because I’m grumpy (not really – I’ve just got a horrid headache that won’t go away!) Hence, the subtitle in my banner.
First of all, what is a mood reader? Easy answer: schedules don’t mean anything to you. Have an ARC that needs reading by a certain date? Well you better hope your picky little noggin is in the mood, or it’s going to be like slogging through mud uphill to finish the darn thing.
If I look at my Goodreads “read” shelf, I can track my moods from the beginning of January. It’s very simple, and there’s three phases I can see.
Phase One: Space Opera/Sci-Fi
There’s a few fantasy interspersed in this period, but it all started when I got These Broken Stars for Christmas. And I was sunk after that! This was the time of Avalon, Ignite Me, Alienated, Control and Scarlet, among others. Give me techy lingo, laser guns, spaceships, genetic manipulation – I couldn’t get enough of it! That was a two month spurt, lasting from January all the way to the first few days of March.
Phase Two: Mixed Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Contemporary
The ardor for space petered out eventually, and I had a relatively well balanced diet of all the genres. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, Fangirl, all three Throne of Glass books, Far From You, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and the entire Divergent series are the notable reads from this period. This time of easygoing reading, where I could pick any book off my shelf and be happy about it, only lasted one month, barely making it to the last days of March. And then…
Phase Three: CONTEMPORARY NOMNOMNOM
After reading Allegiant, I hit a book slump like I haven’t seen in ages. I mean, I had to force myself to even open a book, much less read 200-300 words a night like I usually do. Talk about a major book hangover! So I decided to distance myself from anything relating to the genre, and so turned to my pitiful little contemporary shelf. And now, in 20 days, I’ve read 9 contemporary books, the only deviation being a small fantasy novella, and Cress. And there is no stopping. Although there probably will be sometime soon, because I’m running out of contemporary books to read! But I’ve read some fabulous books: Open Road Summer, The Museum of Intangible Things, 13 Reasons Why, If I Stay… all so fantastic <3
So that’s where I’m at. I’m in a Katie McGarry reread extravaganza to prepare for Take Me On’s release in May, and I plan on reading Morgan Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone when it’s released May 6!
Ultimately this is a really whiny post, I realize. BUT YOU ALL MUST UNDERSTAND ON SOME LEVEL?? I can’t be the only one struggling with this. It’s horrible to look at the shelf full of books I’ve bought to read, and can’t even stomach the thought of opening them!
How do you deal with mood reading? Do you humor your whims, or do you force yourself to read by a schedule?