Booking Through Thursday: Mood Reading

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?

Oh, absolutely. If I’m in a bad mood, I want to read something absolutely transcendent to distract me—that’s why I’m having a hard time reading Why I Grew My Hair Out at the moment, because it’s not. I guess I’ll grab some Michael Chabon soon, that ought to do the trick. I don’t tend to change my reading based on weather, however, and my mood doesn’t tend to color the tone of what I’m reading, although I might not laugh out loud if I’m in a poor mood.

6 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Mood Reading

  1. My reading is certainly affected by my mood, but not necessarily this way. In other words if I am in a bad mood I’m not usually looking for reading to change that, but that is probably because any bad moods I have rarely last so long that they would affect my reading. Where my “mood” comes in really has more to do with the seasons, times of year, etc. I feel more melancholy in the fall and as such I find myself drawn towards books that have that aspect to some degree. In the dark of winter I find myself wanting to read science fiction, stories set in the cold of space. But my mood can also be easily affected by the moods of those around me. If there is a great deal of enthusiasm about a certain book or if a film or tv show or newly discovered artist lights a fire within then I can suddenly find my reading going in an entirely unplanned direction.

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