Does your mood affect the kind of book you want to read? Has there ever been a book you thought you didn’t like and then picked up later, only to discover that you loved it?
When I tried to read Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver a few years ago, I made it to page 100 and then set it aside. I really did not like it at all. But so many people call this one of their absolute favorite novels, that I have started to think I should give it another try. Perhaps it was just my mood at the time that made me react so negatively to it.
I’ve been thinking about how my mood affects my reading choices lately, because I gave up on China Meiville’s The City and the City this week. I have read many glowing reviews of this book, and I love the premise, so I fully expected to fall in love with it. Instead, I found myself disoriented and confused, and not in the mood to put in the time to read far enough to figure out what was going on. I like to think I’ve become less stringent in my reading reactions, however, because unlike my decision to set aside Poisonwood Bible permanently, I fully intend to give The City and the City a try at another time – a time when I’m not stressed out from end-of-school-year craziness and longing for escapist reading.
When I set it aside, I picked up two books I am almost 100 percent sure I will love, because of my prior experience with the authors: Every Last One by Anna Quindlen, and Locked Rooms: Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes Series Book 8 by Laurie R. King. And I am thoroughly enjoying them – they are taking me away from my hormone-related irritation with my spring-fever riddled kids.
Do you consciously pick books based on your mood? Are there certain books or authors you turn to when you need to fit a specific mood?
Other bookish posts this week:
~ Book Review: The Wives of Henry Oades by Johanna Moran
~ Book Review: A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King
~ Book Review: Get Lucky by Katherine Center
~ Book Review: One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
~ Book Review: The Heart is Not a Size by Beth Kephart