I am currently finding that I seem to be in a reading state of Limbo, which is confusing for oh so many reasons. What I mean by this is that although I have time and genuinely want to be reading, I’m not really in the mood for any particular genre or type of book. Odd right? I wouldn’t exactly call it a reading slump as I have been happily looking through lists of potential books to read, I want to read I do I just can’t find a book that has taken my fancy. This is very different to reading slumps of old where I avoided books like the plague. Let me try to explain some more of what I mean.
At any given time I will only really read what I feel like reading and to a certain extent this does correlate with my mood, maybe I’m in a super happy, carefree type of mood, I would probably choose to read a nice cheesy romance, you know the ones where you of no doubt of the plot from the get go but that’s okay your just along for the ride. Perhaps I would be in a more serious type of mood I might pick up a psychological thriller, or depending on what’s been going on in the world I might pick up a book which I know will be exploring more complex issues. If I’m feeling sad I would also probably pick up a romance or chick lit just to lift my spirits and sometimes I feel like you know what let’s get something highly emotional that you know will end in tears but let’s do it anyway. My point being although it’s not exactly a highly scientific method for reading it’s generally how I pick my next book.
Now this is normally something that I don’t really think about, I know some bloggers like to know what they’re reading next, when they have to have reviews out and have it more down in a list like format. While I don’t really have a schedule of a plan I tend to be more conscious of books that I know have a deadline and will be more likely to read them when I next feel like reading that kind of book, as opposed to making sure I read it next. While perhaps not the most effective method in the world it is the one that works for me.
The problem I’m having at the moment is that the mood I’m in is more of a ‘why is my dam tooth still hurting please don’t make me go to the dentist again, and why on earth have they not come to fix the dishwasher yet, I’m really beginning to despise dishes’ sort of mood, and apparently I can’t find a book to match it! Funny that. It also probably doesn’t help that last week there is a slight chance I got a little bit click happy on Netgalley and have found myself with a nice pile of books to read, none of which I currently feel like reading. Oops. Perhaps this is a reading slump just a different type then I have experienced before, who knows, I just hope I find that magical book soon!
Does anyone else have this problem? Are you more likely to read a book based on your mood or because you know you should be reading it to make a deadline etc…? How often does your mood affect what you read next? Let me know 🙂