Have I changed into a mood reader?

 

You’ll have to forgive my rambling on here but I needed to get this out. Probably more for me (and my sanity!)

Do you ever feel like you have changed the way you read?

I used to be able to pick up any book and read it, be it an arc and I was reading to a schedule, a new release of any genre or it was a book for a challenge that I had designated myself to read that month.

But now, not so much.

If I’m honest I’ve been in a slump since the beginning of the year (but I have read a couple of gems in that time!)

There have been some days when I know I have to read a certain book to meet the arc deadline but I really don’t want to. I don’t feel in the mood for it.

And herein lies problem 1. I’ve been signing up for too many arcs. This year, due to my own fault, I’ve felt pressured, I’ve felt in a panic and it’s totally put me off. It’s felt like homework or like a job!

Problem 2….Monthly lists. I make a list of books I think I should read in the month. Note the word should! Pressure number 2! Then when I don’t read them I feel guilt. Yes, actual guilt!!!

I knew something had to change because I feel my reading habits have changed.

I’ve gone from a planned out reader to a mood reader.

  • I love reading.
  • I love, love, love it.
  • I just want that feeling back.

 

I’ve probably said this before but….

I’m not signing up for so many arc’s for a few months to see if it helps me. For May, June, July and August I want to only sign up for 1 each month. Take some pressure off.

Monthly reading lists are gone (for now!)  I decided to try and make a Spring reading list. 17 books to read over 3 months. A mix of genres so I can pick depending on what I fancy. And you know what? If I don’t read them all or read different books then so be it!

Do you ever feel like this?

Do you ever feel like you change the way you read?

Are you a mood reader or are you a ‘read to schedule’ person like I used to be?

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7 thoughts on “Have I changed into a mood reader?

  1. oh gosh I am a mood reader and I really relate to not being able to read books if I’m not in the mood- and that can be a real problem when it comes to arcs. And yeah I definitely feel a lot of guilt for not reading what I “should” be reading. But I definitely think it helps to just embrace the mood reading (and requesting fewer arcs helps as well) cos otherwise I feel like I’d fall out of love with reading- and that would just be awful!

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