Booking Through Thursday : Mood Reading

This week’s Booking Through Thursday asks:

“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?”

Yes, my mood does reflect what I read. When I am depressed  I don’t like to think too much. So, I tend to read lighter things.  Books dealing with depressing subject matters (war, abuse of any kind, separation from loved ones; etc.) get pushed back on the TBR list. I often go back to old favourites when I am sad. They comfort me. The weather sometimes plays a part on what I read but not often.

My mood does colour the books I am reading. If I am feeling particularly bad then even if the book is really good it doesn’t seem that good. Moreover, that book gets almost permanently associated with those negative feelings. Whenever I see that book I am reminded of those negative feelings. There are a lot of books that I don’t re-read because of that.

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14 comments

  1. I’m the opposite, the bluer my mood the more depressing a book I want to read! I guess it’s just my way of making myself feel worse before I can get better. You know when life’s going to the dogs… and then you read a book where everyone dies and you know it can’t ever get that bad?

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