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Friday Coffee & Bookish Speaks – Mood and Reading

Grab a coffee and have a talk with me about bookish things!

Something curious has been happening to me lately. I sit to read a book and I hate it! Then I put it down,  pick it up days or  weeks later and I am just fine with it. What is happening?!?!?! I think it’s my mood.

Life is crazy right now therefore my mood is all over the place. We are opening up our home to foster babies. Essentially we are about to have a baby. Although, I am not going through the pregnancy hormones, I think my mommy instincts have catalyzed some kind of hormonal changes… because people I am all over the place! So I can handle this in my life outside of reading, but mood, affecting reading?!?!?!… I had never noticed it before now.

Why is this important or even a factor? Given that I am a reviewer I owe to the authors and my audience to have as fair and object perspective as my personal bias will allow. Of course, I have to be myself when doing a review. Though I feel if my perspective is being clouded by being tired or my mood. I feel like I am responsible to take note of that and act accordingly.

If I am reading a book and my mind along with my our emotions are somewhere else, I would say I am not giving that book a fair chance.  Yes I will concede that sometimes that means the book is just boring and should move on. Yet, what about those times when it really is all about you? That brings me to this question:

How does mood affect your reading and how do you deal with it?

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  • Renee July 31, 2015, 4:10 am

    I always tell people when I agree to review their book, that I am a mood reader and I don’t follow a schedule, because I’m more likely to enjoy their book and give it a good review if I’m in the mood to read it.
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  • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction August 5, 2015, 7:57 am

    This can be so hard because reading and reviewing ARE subjective and there’s just no way to turn off those other things that go on in our life that may affect the way we feel about a book. We can try, but we’ll never be completely successful.

    Congrats on becoming a foster momma, by the way! (I know it hasn’t actually happened yet, but just the prospect is exciting!)
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    • Jessica August 8, 2015, 12:46 pm

      Hey Nicole! Thank you so much. Jeff and I are super excited. We are just weeks away from being licensed. Yeah mood and reading… I agree we can try but it won’t always work… I am going through that right now… So I’m just reading a little out of order, but not too much I will find my way back… eventually. Thanks for stopping by!

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