This week’s Musing Mondays, hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading, is:
If you’re a mood reader, what (genre) do your moods usually call you to read?
I’m not really that much of a mood reader, so this question doesn’t really relate to me! I’m a situation reader – my reading is more usually determined by the situation in which I find myself reading. Relaxed reading at home (particularly in bed – I had my first Sunday morning reading in bed in forever yesterday. It was amazing) can be any genre, although nothing scary if I’m home alone! Books that I read on planes have to be deeply absorbing to make me forget that I’m on a flying tube of death. Commute books (i.e. to be read on a bus, in the Underground) can be pretty much any genre as well, as long as they’re not the kind of book where I have to take notes in order to write a sensible review. I have started to get around that by taking photos on my iPhone of passages – and when I come to do the review, I do normally remember what it was that I wanted to say about that bit. Other commuters sometimes give me pretty strange looks.
As far as genres go, my reading is not that varied – literary fiction, crime/mysteries, or thrillers. I’ve read the odd piece of historical fiction (e.g. the Other Boleyn Girl) and my next read (David Nicholls’ Starter for Ten) is a comedy with undertones of romance and “coming-of-age novel”, but I mostly stick to mysteries. I’ve never read much romance and I don’t think I’d have all that much patience with it – like with chick flicks. Except “Four Weddings and a Funeral”. I can watch that often as possible!