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Chai Break: Can being a mood reader affect a book blogger?

Chai Break is a periodic feature on This is Lit where we discuss books, blogging, and book blogging.

Hiya, nerds!

Chai Break is back again! As always, I’m not able to stick to a schedule for this feature on This is Lit. Shall we just call it that cool aunt who drops by whenever and leaves without telling you when she’ll visit next? xD

Over to today’s discussion.

Can being a mood reader affect a book blogger?

I never really classified myself as a mood reader until recently. There are specific genres of books that I’m always in the mood for and some that I read only if I feel like it. I came to the stark realization that I’m a mood reader when I read both The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han in the same month and liked both of them.

Talk about a more different set of books!

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How does this affect me as a blogger?

I’ve been reading only ARCs for the past couple of months and I have to say this–I’M DONE. I cannot do this. I’m struggling to finish them. If they were all 5 star reads, I wouldn’t be complaining. But when you go through a list of books which you rate as average (3 stars), you wouldn’t be able to hold it together either, will you?

And then comes the soul-searching, all-important question–what if the books ARE actually good and you’re rating them wrong because you want to be reading something else?

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Oh and did I mention that in addition to being a mood reader, I staunchly refuse to DNF books? Yup, that’s me. I put myself through the torture of books I don’t like.

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I have recently come up with a coping mechanism, though. I still read ARCs, but I make sure to finish a backlist book along with each ARC. This helps me give in to my mood reader necessities and still finish my ARCs.

Let’s discuss!

Do you think being a mood reader can affect a book blogger? Are you a mood reader? How do you cope with not finding an ARC that fits your mood?

~ Shruti

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57 thoughts on “Chai Break: Can being a mood reader affect a book blogger?

  1. Yes, being a mood reader does affect my blogging. But what I do to solve the problem is have back up post ideas that don’t involve reading. Like Book Tags, Book Recommendations, and stuff. As for not finding an ARC that fits your mood, I haven’t taken that many ARCs for a while because of this. I only take ARCs if I feel that I’ll read it soon.

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    1. There’s not dearth of topics to write about! I’m more concerned about how it can affect my reading. But reading a backlist book for each ARC I finish has helped me a lot. And the fact that I close review requests every once in a while. xD

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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  2. Great discussion! I’m not sure if it counts as being a mood reader affecting my blogging but i often feel but my blogging patterns really mirror my reading patters and so i often feel like as much as i am a mood reader i am also a mood blogger if that makes sense 😂😂 with arcs, i have only recently joined netgalley so at the moment haven’t encountered these problems but as a mood reader i can definitely see it happening to me! Luckily, i got approved for some arcs like a couple of months before release so i’ve been able to turn to them when i feel like it but i can imagine struggling if i wasn’t able to do this!

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  3. I’m a mood reader and it doesn’t affect my blogging at all. Right now, I’m currently reading Smoke in the Sun because that’s what I was in the mood to read, and it’s also a library book. But I’ve also been reading a lot of middle-grade lately because that’s what I’m in the mood to read.

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    1. Ooh nice! I find that it doesn’t affect me when I’m not reading ARCs. While I do accept books only if I’m interested in them, sometimes I just am not interested.

      For example, the ARC I’m reading now is about cowboys in space. It sounded amazing when I accepted it, but now I just don’t feel like reading it.


  4. I’m definitely a mood reader. Like if I want to read a book then I need iT RIGHT NOW!! Usually that does not happen. And sometimes I have to force myself to read books or else I’ll never be able to complete any book. Which is also why I never actually review books on my blog.

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  5. I find I am more of a mood reviewer than a mood reader. I can usually read whatever is ‘due’ next as long as I am left to it, but some reviews write themselves whereas others require a lot of procrastination! I’ve got two of them at the moment and I just can’t stump up the energy to write three paragraphs – so I started reading something else instead, thereby imminently adding a third to the To Be Reviewed pile!

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  6. I think its the right thing to alternate, my ARC list is like my ironing pile…never finished! I would love to read more from NetGalley but there just isn’t time. I’m not a mood reader but it helps a lot if I can keep my eyes open.

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  7. YAY Chai Break is back! I agree with you on “under rating” books that may be better than what we rate them because we are not in the mood to read them at that moment. That’s also the reason why I am asking less ARCs in the enxt months.

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    1. I feel so bad that I’m never regular with Chai Break. This is probably the third time this year where you’ve said you’re glad it’s back. 🙈 I’m the absolute worst.

      And yeah, I’m anxious about whether I’m giving books lower ratings than what they deserve. That’s why I always go through periods of time where I don’t accept ARCs. Like right now. I’m not accepting ARCs till the end of October. 😁


  8. I’m totally a mood reader as well, which definitely causes problems to my ARCs. I definitely cannot read a hundred percent ARCs for a whole month like you did, like I discussed in my blog post ( I also found I rarely read amazing books from ARCs, most of them were just “meh”. However I do DNF a lot of them if I know it’s just not my thing, saving myself lots of time and effort to choose another book I will like more. So maybe changing your refusal to not DNF books might boost your reading quality 😉

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    1. Yeah, I’ve been told repeatedly that I shouldn’t put myself through reading books I don’t like just because I don’t want to DNF books. I will be done with my ARCs by this month, though. Hopefully. xD

      I think that’ll help me out more as a mood reader. 😅

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  9. I think acknowledging you’re a mood reader is the best thing to do. I’ve openly admitted in reviews that if I had read something in a different mood I would have liked it more. I try to listen to my reading moods for this reason but deadlines can make this difficult.

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  10. Yes… I’m a mood reader and I cope by only requesting books that I know I’ll like most of the time, hence the high percentage of science fiction and fantasy in there. And the occasional murder mystery thrown in for good measure.

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    1. That’s a good coping mechanism! But I do read all kinds of books, so I never know what I’ll be in the mood for two weeks from accepting the review copy, which is when it’ll get delivered and I’ll start reading it. I end up closing review requests all together because of this. 😅

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  11. Being a mood reader has definitely changed how I blog. I used to be able to read whatever and post a review that same week. Now, I’m lucky if I have the time and willingness to read a book. And don’t get me started if it’s a genre that I’m not in the mood for. I’ve rearranged my blogging schedule to work for me. And no matter how many books are on my backlist, I have to choose the ones that will make me happy because it’s not fair to the books that I’m forcing myself to read.

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    1. Yup, this is what I’m planning on doing too. In fact, I just closed review requests up until October. I’m accepting books only from people I’ve already worked with before. That way, it’ll be of a genre I’d enjoy irrespective of whether I’m in the mood for it or not. 😁

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  12. I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL! I’ve been reading review copies this month, and all of them were kind of “eh,” and I’m dying to read something else! I usually go for the ARC – backlist – ARC – backlist pattern as well, so that I don’t get burnt out!

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  13. Ahh, we are literally same with this. I am a huge mood reader too and probably that’s why I have so many backlist NetGalley titles. I always tend to incline towards the titles on my shelf and in the process forget that I have complete an arc first.
    And last month, all I read was arcs and this really frustrated me. And yes, I never thought about this before, but maybe that can be the reason I’m not interested in blogging these days?

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    1. Oh I’ve had the same question myself too! It’s really frustrating when all you read are review copies. I’m sure we wouldn’t notice it if they were all 5 star reads, but that doesn’t happen all the time.

      Still, I’m not complaining. We’re gifted for getting free books. We need to work on a way to avoid this frustration too. 😅

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  14. Oh yes, I get that struggle very, very much. I am a mood reader, but what helps me a lot is always trying to switch things up between genres – even when it comes to ARCs. I know that, after a while, even if Iove contemporaries with all my heart, I will be a bit bothered and switching things up, picking up a fantasy, then a contemporary, then another fantasy, etc, helps me wonderfully. Also I always try to change things up between ARCs and a backlist title 🙂

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