From Booking Through Thursday, I found this question from December 1, 2011 that I’d like to explore:
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 definitely choose my reading based on mood, and my reading affects my mood. I carefully avoid certain genres when I’m feeling vulnerable or depressed, for instance. Other times, I seek ‘heavy’ reading to occupy my mind (“The Complete Works of George McDonald”) or ‘light’ reading to escape the real world (“The Hunger Games”).
The weather affects my mood, so the result is often predictable [pun intended]. Those dreary, rainy days call for a heavy amount of humor mixed with happy endings. Bright, sunny days are open to more variable conditions, and the outlook could be any kind of atmosphere… OK, I give up!
I often have more than one book going at once so I can choose a genre based on my mood at the time. This is especially handy with my iPad and all the ebooks on it. I’m fairly sure I have all of the compatible ereader apps known to man on there.