Chai Break is a periodic feature on This is Lit where we discuss books, blogging, and book blogging.
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 gushed about both of them.
Talk about a more different set of books!
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?
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.
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.
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?