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!