Thursday’s Thoughts: Mood Readers Versus Scheduled Readers

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Hello everyone, today’s Thursday’s Thoughts is about Mood Readers versus Scheduled Readers? What category do you fall into? Why? Do you fall under both? Neither? Are you a mood reader but wish you were a scheduled reader, or vise-versa? I was thinking about this topic mostly because of school reading, and how I’m balancing that with pleasure reading and reading and reviewing arcs.

Usually, I’d say I’m a mood reader. I don’t really use the tbr shelf on Goodreads that much. I primarily use it to keep track of books that seem interesting so that I can get to them when I get to them. I don’t follow a set tbr, I read whatever I want to read at the moment. However, with school, of course there’s required reading, in which case I have to be a scheduled reader.

The same goes for arcs. I request arcs that I’m interested in reading and reviewing. So in a way my mood does affect which arcs I read, but then when I read those arcs depends on when I get approved, and that usually makes me transition to a scheduled reader. When I’m mood reading, I don’t feel that slight pressure to get the review in asap, with reading arcs and scheduled reading I do.

I juggle between both mood reading and scheduled reading depending on the situation, but I definitely prefer mood reading. Another reason why I love mood reading is because the seasons generally affect which books I read. I’ve found that I primarily read YA contemporaries during the summer and I read majority YA sci-fis and fantasies during the winter months. (Please let me know if you read certain books based on the seasons. I can’t be the only one who does that.) Mood reading seems a bit more fluid and relaxed to me, and even though I don’t really keep track of my tbr list, most of the books that I read are on that mental list in my mind.

Ultimately, it boils down to what works for you. I’m curious to see what you all think? Also if you don’t think you’re a mood reader or a scheduled reader, then definitely comment! I’m super interested to learn more about that perspective if you wish to share it. Do you all think there are pros to cons to either being a mood reader or a scheduled reader? As always, I look forward to the lovely discussion below.

Happy reading, happy writing, and happy blogging!



26 thoughts on “Thursday’s Thoughts: Mood Readers Versus Scheduled Readers

  1. Nice post! I am 100% a mood reader. Even if I have been looking forward to a book for months and finally get my hands on it, if I’m not in the mood for that kind of genre or theme I won’t read it. I currently have what I know will be a wonderful historical mystery ARC that I have been waiting for since February and I haven’t got through the first chapter. Why? I’m in the mood for YA fantasy.
    I wish I wasn’t like that and could set a reading list in advance but it just doesn’t suit me, I suppose. I’d like to go, “Oh, in October I am going to read x, x, and x because they are ARCs coming up on their release date as well as x because it is a new release!” But, I’ve tried it and hated every book I read that month because I wasn’t in the mood for that type of book. Go figure.

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I’ve found that I’m in a similar boat. I’ll often give myself the task of reading 2-3 set books each month, but try to spread them out so that I don’t feel like I’m forcing myself to read them. As always, thanks for commenting, and have a great weekend.


  2. great post! 🙂
    i am a total mood reader. as soon as i want to participate in a challenge or readathon and make a tbr for it, i am not interested in the books anymore. it’s completely crazy! 😀 i need my space to read what i want to read.
    i also use goodreads to track books, that got me interested once, but i do not do real tbrs from that.

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    1. Thank you! And I agree! I rarely participate in readathons because they don’t really work for me for the same reason that you mentioned. I also use goodreads to track books, but that’s honestly really the only tbr I have as well/ Thanks for commenting, and have a great weekend!

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  3. I’m definitely a mood reader as well, though I wish I was a scheduled reader now because I have review copies and ARCs to read haha. I got into the contemporary mood this spring/summer as well

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  4. Awesome discussion, Breeny! I also consider myself a mood/scheduled reader. Like you, I have assigned reading for school but then, I have my own reading time. I personally pick a genre for a season, so like: summer is for contemporaries and fall/winter is for fantasies etc etc. I tried scheduled TBRS but I’m stopping that because this month, I’m doing some mood reading. 😀

    anna | annaish

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  5. I’m a mood reader, which is probably why read a thons never work in my favour. also why reading books for review is sometimes really hard for me.
    I don’t really work well with schedules either. I’ve never made a study timetable because I find that I need to study what I want to study, otherwise it becomes a bit of a mess and a waste of time
    – Yasmin

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    1. Readathons don’t work for me as well. And that’s a really interesting point that you made.! I like schedules in basically every other aspect of my life, except for reading. Thanks for commenting, and have a great weekend!

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  6. Honestly, I’m kind of both. I schedule books that I am going to read ahead of time. I am an erotic fantasy writer, but I personally like reading young adult fiction. No one said you had to read what you write. 🙂 That saying, I do read erotic and paranormal fantasy so that I know what is going on in my genre. It’s like I have to be in the mood to read those scheduled books, or else I’ll end up getting distracted by my phone, or something else.

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    1. Oohh! That’s awesome that you’re able to fit into both categories. And I do find that if I do schedule 2-3 books to read, I have to be in the mood to read them, as you said. Thanks for commenting, and have a great weekend!


  7. I am definitely a moody reader who desperately wants to be a scheduled reader. I do plan a TBR list for every month, just so I can keep track of what I am reading and which series needs to be finished, but I never usually stick to it–maybe out of 10 books on the list I’ll end up reading two or three :p The thing is I believe in reading for your enjoyment and forcing yourself to read a book when you are not in the mood doesn’t sound fun.

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    1. I definitely agree with your points. I usually set myself 2-3 books that I want to read per mont, but if I’m not in the mood to read them then I push them back to next month. Because as you said, it just doesn’t sound fun to read a book if you aren’t in the mood for it. Thanks so much for commenting, and have an awesome weekend!

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  8. I’m very much a mood reader! I tried being a scheduled reader once before and it just didn’t work for me. And yes, seasons affect my reading habits for sure! I tend to read mysteries, classics, and literary fiction in the Autumn/Winter months and historical fiction, romance, and fantasy in Spring/Summer. Nonfiction I can read whenever 🙂

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  9. I’m definitely a mood reader. I’ve also noticed, since I’ve started blogging at least, that I tend to read two books that are very similar back to back. It’s like I get in the mood for that particular genre and then read two books in it, and then move on to the next one.

    As far as my TBR on Goodreads, there are 3 reasons why I add books to that list:
    1. Goodreads will let you know when there is a Giveaway for a book that you want to read. Yes, the chances are slim that you’ll actually win, but at least you know to try for a free copy.
    2. Goodreads Deals will also let you know when books that are on your TBR go on sale on the Kindle. They also use your TBR shelf to make recommendations of other books that are on sale, based off of books and genres that are on your TBR; and
    3. In the off-chance that I ever run out of something to read, I know I can always go on to Goodreads and pull something off of there. 😀

    I find that if I don’t read what my mind wants to read, I won’t be able to finish the book I’m reading. Especially if its not in the genre I’m craving.

    Good discussion piece Breeny!

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    1. Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the discussion. I really enjoy using Goodreads as well. I like being able to keep track of books that I’m interested in, and I really like being able to track how many books I read each year. I feel like Goodreads is so versatile that a lot of people can find different ways to make it suit them. Thanks for commenting, and have a great weekend!


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