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I want to talk about my recent reading mood. I am a self proclaimed moodreader, which means I read whatever book I am in the mood for. Forcing myself to read a certain book doesn’t always work well, so I usually just go along with moodreading ways. Being a moodreader can be difficult as it can be hard to figure out for what book you’re in the mood for exactly. But lately I seem to have the opposite problem, I am in the mood for everything and have a hard time narrowing down what to read as everything sounds good.
Being a moodreader who is in the mood for everything
I am not quite sure when this started, but it has been going on for few months now. Sometimes it seems to switch on and off a bit. But for most of the past few months I’ve been in this weird state where I want to read everything. Every time I have to decide what to read next I have more than 10 books or multiple genres I want to read right now. Instead of not knowing what my mood is, I know exactly what my mood is, but it’s so broad I can’t narrow it down. My thought process often goes like this:
“hmm what shall I read next. Maybe a contemporary romance? Yes sounds good! Or a cozy mystery! Oh yes let’s pick up a cozie. But I also want to read this book I recently bought. Oh fantasy or paranormal sounds good too. Or this Christmas novella I got recently? Hmm but I also have to read these review books? Yes those sound good too!”
It’s brilliantly exciting and frustrating at the same time. Because on the one hand I feel like I can’t get enough of books and can’t read them fast enough and every book sounds good and I enjoy almost every book I read and I have a bunch of books I want to read next or right now. But on the other hand it’s so frustrating because I want to read at least 10 or 20 different books right now! And that makes it so hard to decide what to read. Review books and deadlines almost become my savior nowadays as at least that way I can make a decision. Or I decide to get down my netgalley percentage and read a bunch of netgalley books in a row without trouble. It’s great and frustrating and I am still not quite sure how to handle it.
How I pick my next read nowadays
I use a few techniques to pick my next read nowadays, it’s not foolproof and half of the time it doesn’t work, but here are some techniques I use.
- Do I have books with deadlines? Often when I really can’t decide I just pick up my next read that has a deadline and I am in the mood for. I’ve been doing well getting a few deadline books read or preparing for reading a deadline book by reading the previous books in a series.
- Pick a genre first. Sometimes it helps to pick a genre first and narrow it down that way. Pick a genre and then pick a review book within that genre or a book I am most excited about in that genre. But narrowing it down to genre is hard too. I often can’t decide or end up picking one of the genres I am in the mood for that I haven’t read the longest.
- Read a review book or netgalley book. This is a great way to narrow down my options and as I am in the mood for almost everything anyway why not read a review book or narrow it down even more to a netgalley review book.
- Try to figure out what I am not in the mood for. Sadly this rarely narrows things down, because It’s usually pretty vague or I end up with a genre I don’t read a lot anyway. But sometimes focusing on what I don’t want to read can bring me closer to deciding what I want to read the most at this moment.
- Recently acquired reads. Even in normal reading moods I often use this technique and have become quite good at keeping up with books, especially review books, that I recently required. Don’t know what to read? Pick one of the books I got for free, for review or bought recently. Still pretty broad, but it narrows things down a bit and sometimes once I narrowed things down a bit, a book jumps out at me and I pick that one up. I actually use this technique a lot as the recently acquired books are often books my excitement is still fresh for.
- See if there’s a book that jumps out at me. Sometimes I just scroll past the books that I own and see if I get extra excited about one of them and then just go with what looks good or jumps out at me.
- Just pick something. This happens quite often. I just pick a book and start reading as I am in the mood for it anyway and I will probably enjoy it too. I just decide to read something and it often works out. Not really a technique, but it does work sometimes.