Booking Through Thursday: Mood Reading

The school year is beginning to wind down (classes ended on Friday), so work will slow down soon as well. Hopefully, this will mean more blogging. As it is, this is post #939, so I’ve already done better on this year than I ever have before.

Do you find that your mood affects the things you read? Like, if you’re in a bad mood, do you tend to indulge in reading that will support it or do you try to read things that will cheer you up? Do you pick different types of books on dreary, rainy days than you do on bright sunny ones?

For that matter, does your mood color what you’re reading, so that a funny book isn’t so funny or a serious one not so deep?

I don’t know that I’ve ever read a book to help support or change a mood, but I will admit to having made a Loud and Angry Music playlist once when I was particularly miffed. Exhaustion can make a funny book or scene not affect me as much, but I don’t know if “tired” is really a mood. I have definitely started disliking books that I thought were lame because they’d put me in a bad mood, though. I think that’s the author’s fault. If the book didn’t start being so bad, I wouldn’t be in such a bad mood to have to keep reading it. (I hate leaving books unfinished.)

I tend to turn to movies when I want to dwell in a certain mood. They last a significant enough period of time that I can be satisfied without needing to commit to an entire book.

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