Random Rants and Rambling #31 | Are You A Mood Reader?

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The term MOOD READER is one that most readers are familiar with – and it’s an interesting topic to talk about. I am fascinated by everyone’s thoughts on this – so I thought I would add mine to the mix. The gist?

I am not a mood reader.

This may be twisted logic on what a mood reader IS but I am the type that can pick up just about ANY book and give it a go. I can be super bummed and down because it’s January. It’s cold and rainy and BLEH outside and I will pick up a “beach read.” I can pick up a Christmas themed book and read it in July. (haha, Christmas in July….) I don’t feel like I ever get stuck on a particular genre – or crave a particular genre.

Some might say because of that, I am in the mood for something else. I guess it all depends on what YOUR definition of a mood reader is. For me, it’s someone who reads – or doesn’t read – certain books and/or genres depending on their mood. And I don’t do that.

I create a schedule based on release date and what’s open, think about what books I’ve wanted to read but haven’t – and go with it. Do I change things? Yes. But not because of my mood. Like I said – I can walk over to my book shelf – or browse my kindle – and pick out ANY book and read it. This works out perfectly for when I do the polls, too.

But then I think – does this hinder my enjoyment OR put false positives towards a book? If I am super stressed out because of work, or because of things at home, are those characters going to get on my nerves, when they normally wouldn’t? Would I find something offensive because of my crappy mood when I normally wouldn’t? Would my incredibly good mood increase my love for a book because well, I AM SO HAPPY? I would like to think NO. Yet, I can’t help but wonder.


Tell Me Your Thoughts


  • Are you a mood reader?
  • If so, how much does if affect your reading habits?
  • What is your definition of a MOOD READER?

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21 thoughts on “Random Rants and Rambling #31 | Are You A Mood Reader?

  1. Alyssa

    Well, I’m not sure if I’m a mood reader because I basically read fantasy and that’s it. I do dabble in thrilled, sci-fi, and historical fiction, but those normally come highly recommended and are really amazing. I suppose I do have to be in a certain frame of mind to read “literary” works like classics and such, but I normally nibble away on those books so it’s more of a “how long can I be in the mood” than “am I in the mood”.
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  2. Danielle @ Love at First Page

    I’m somewhat of a combination. I do have a set of books that I’d like to read in a particular month, but a lot of times that changes and it’s because I’m “not in the mood” for a few of them. Especially lately I’ve been really slumpy and have only wanted to read sexy romances haha.
    Love what you say about maybe not liking a book just BECAUSE OF your mood, not the book. I’ve wondered that too. Sometimes I force myself to read one because it’s coming out soon, when I wonder if I would have liked it more had I not been put on a time restraint.
    Lovely post, lady!
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        1. tonyalee

          Then yes, I can read those! Real good romance, too. But lately, some YA that I have read are just too fluffy for me.

  3. Valerie

    Hahah honestly I can pick anything up as well, but new books and new releases tend to draw my attention away. AND WHAT? CHRISTMAS IN JULY? I don’t think I could EVER read a christmas related book in the summer. I am so done with snow and that stuff.
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    1. tonyalee

      LOL I can only think of one book that was Christmas themes that I read in the Summer. So that brings another question – does your LOCATION have to do with the books you read? hahaha

  4. Erin

    I am definitely a mood reader! I like to read a mix of fiction and non-fiction, literary and genre, totally depending on how I feel at the moment. The book I just finished also has a big impact–if it was intense or dark, I’ll probably want to read something lighter afterward as a palate cleanser.

    1. tonyalee

      Schedules don’t work for many people. I only do them for review books – then fill it in weekly after I decide what other books to read. lol it’s a complicated process!

  5. Suzi Q, The Book Dame

    I have always considered myself a mood reader, but am in tune with it enough to give fair reviews. For instance, when I am in the middle of a fantasy binge, I know better to read a romance. If I DNF a book, I am pretty good at recognizing whether it was a cruddy read for me or if the timing was just bad, in which case I leave it on the TBR and revisit it.
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    1. tonyalee

      That’s a good point to make. There are several books where I just know I will NEVER like, verse just reading at the wrong time.

  6. Lola

    I am a moodreader. I can just read a book, but I will enjoy it less when I am not in the mood for it. one the other hand I can work with a schedule or readign challenges, as long as there is still soem wriggle room. I usually try to read deadlines as soon as possible, which means at the first moment I am at least slightly in the mood for a book. I can also have these mood where I only want to read oen type of book and not get burnt out or when it becomes warmer weather I often grab some contemporary romances. So yeah my mood does play a part in my reading, but it’s not always clear sometimes. Sometimes I don’t know what I am in the mood for and that’s hard or it’s so vague that a lot of books apply. And in those cases just starting a book usually works best.
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  7. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    I’m with Danielle. I’m a combination. I can usually stick to my schedule of books that I have to read, but sometimes I find myself not liking the book based on my current mood. It’s definitely an interesting topic and I love the questions you pose in the last paragraph because I’ve found myself wondering the same thing!

  8. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I’m not really a mood reader either – as long as a book is within the spectrum of genres that I enjoy I can typically read it at any time and enjoy it. But my mood DOES probably affect how I feel about a book, whether I realize it or not. Lately I’ve been in a little bit of a slump for some reason, and I think I”m just tired and run-down. Not the books’ fault.
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