I’ll just say it, sometimes being a mood reader really sucks. I am a big fan of organization, of schedules, of lists and given the fact that I’m a mood reader, I can’t always go by my schedules. It’s frustrating and maddening and it’s a constant battle thanks to my type-A personality. Normally I am so proud of my type-A personality. Super organized, probably to a fault, surrounded by lists, schedules and Post-It’s.
Schedules keep me aware of what ARCs I need to prioritize, they remind me of what books I “should” be reading during any given week. If I read according to my mood, then one or even more than one of the ARCs that are coming out on any given week, might not get read. But at the same time, I don’t want to abandon my schedules completely because I am a schedule-oriented person and giving in to being a mood reader doesn’t feel like me.
My other concern is if I stick to reading on a schedule, my feelings about a book & my rating/review of it could and probably WOULD be affected and I don’t think that’s fair to a book. I love my schedules and to just toss them aside causes me a lot of anxiety. Schedules are, I guess, a form of security for me. I feel secure that I know what’s coming, I know what I need to get done.
Doing the balancing act between adhering to a schedule & reading according to my mood is SO difficult sometimes. I’m trying to achieve a better balance so I don’t have so many unread ARCs at this point next year.
Are you a mood reader or someone who sticks to a schedule?