Battling Being A Mood Reader Alongside A Love Of Schedules

Posted December 27, 2015 by Alexia in discuss / 8 Comments

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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?

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8 responses to “Battling Being A Mood Reader Alongside A Love Of Schedules

  1. I can completely relate to your struggle. I love being organised, knowing exactly what I’ll read when, especially concerning ARCs. But then, when the mood is wrong for a certain book, it will influence my rating (negatively). I haven’t yet found a good balance between the two
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  2. Oh my god, this is SO me in a nutshell. I love planning and organizing so much, but being a mood reader completely ruins any chances of creating a schedule. Sometimes I try to make a TBR with categories (contemporary, backlist, owned book, etc.).. but that doesn’t really even work. I generally avoid ARCs unless I REALLY want the book, which helps with my mood reading, but I still like to schedule out and plan ahead. It’s tough to balance the two!
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  3. Aaaah, this describes me so well! It’s insane. I love being organized and keeping lists too, but I’m such a mood reader. If I pick up a book I’m not in the mood for, I’m guaranteed to give it a lower rating than I would otherwise. I have quite a few review copies from Netgalley I still have to read, but if I’m not in the mood for it, I just can’t. Which makes me feel so bad…

    I’m hoping to find more balance between them too. I hope you’ll find it! (and such a great post, by the way!)
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  4. I can feel your struggle. Sometimes, I schedule book reviews on my planner and when I start reading them, I end up on a book slump and I don’t really understand what I’m reading at all, or I end up re-reading paragraphs. It’s definitely a problem for those people like us who like to keep things on schedule. 🙁

  5. Good question! I think it depends to be honest. I’m a bit of a mood reader, but at the same time, I DO try and keep up with review books. I like having a bit of a schedule too though. My suggestion (not that you asked haha) would be to have your scheduled more in advance, so if you aren’t feeling a review book one day, you don’t necessarily HAVE to read it at the moment before you have more time.

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  6. I’m a little bit of both! I like making TBR lists, and keeping track of release dates for the ARCs I’m lucky enough to receive, and I often try to choose my reads from there. BUT I think I lean more heavily towards being a mood reader, as I’ll often go with my gut instinct on deciding which book to read first from my lists (or just abandon the list altogether and read something I want to read).
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  7. 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.

    I am a type-A personality. I always have been a perfectionist, super organized and prepared. This has significantly helped me “fake it til I make it” as a 6th grade teacher, but on the blog I still struggle with keeping up with where I think I need to be, where I’ve planned to be, because of the imperfect balance of work and life (again, middle school teacher). I recently discovered that I want to be a mood reader. I never have been, and I was very uggghhh this past year with some of my reading, so I decided to try mood reading when it allowed (outside of my tour reviews) and I liked it, so I’m continuing that in 2016.

    It is hard to balance preparing and scheduling with mood reading, but I’m trying!

  8. I’m a little more of a schedule reader, but I definitely have times where I should be reading a book for a scheduled review and I’m just not excited about it. Sometimes I persevere and, if I feel I can’t do the book justice, I’ll put it off as late as I can.

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