Thursday, December 01, 2011

Booking Through Thursday: Mood Reading

This week, BTT asks:
Do you find that your mood affects the things you read? Like, if you’re in a bad mood, do you tend to indulge in reading that will support it or do you try to read things that will cheer you up? Do you pick different types of books on dreary, rainy days than you do on bright sunny ones?

For that matter, does your mood color what you’re reading, so that a funny book isn’t so funny or a serious one not so deep?
Mood reader? Well, I tend to read the same types and genres most of the time, whatever the weather or time of year. But when I'm really upset about something -- mad, sad, or worried -- I probably won't be reading much at all. Just dithering. Biting my nails, pacing the floor. Binging on chocolate chip cookies. Generally engaging in all sorts of very unattractive OCD behavior. Not reading.

So even though mood doesn't really affect what I read, it definitely affects how much I read.


  1. That makes a lot of sense, Joy. I do probably read the same genres throughout the year, but sometimes I read more of one kind than another.

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  2. Same here--I tend to have a hard time concentrating on reading when something is bugging me. Nail-biting is a favorite of mine...Well, when there aren't any cookies handy! :)

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  3. Good answer.

  4. I'm exactly the same - if something is really stressing me out I can't concentrate to read.

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  5. Yes, it's hard to concentrate on reading when you're in a really bad mood.

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  6. I think mood affects what I read and how much I enjoy it.

  7. I'm a moody reader, but when I'm upset I can't concentrate on a book either.

  8. I've never really noticed mood affecting my reading...
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  9. Once upon a time I was truly shocked at the mere suggestion that a person might not be in the right mood to read. Now I go through stages where I can't read at all. I've also noticed that I can't tolerate reading literary books in bed. My mind resents being made to work when it wants to settle down. I can take a violent dislike to a book I try to read in bed whereas I'll love it in the morning. After a lot of years I've finally learned my bedtime reading has to be for entertainment value only, but good books of that variety are hard to find.


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