The Moody Blues

Okay, so this post is not about the band from the 1960s. However, you can feel free to listen to them while you read this post if you want. In fact, why don’t I just hook you up with my favorite song from their most popular album before we get going?

Alright, so why am I moody and blue this day before Tuesday afternoon? Well, I have a confession: I’ve been one moody reader lately. I’ve actually written posts in the past about how review books actually helped keep me from being all that moody because I know what I need to read next and just expect that. Sadly, this is failing me.

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So far in August, I’ve DNFed 10 books and decided to skip one altogether. There’s a variety of reasons why, but the short version is that I don’t have patience to sit through meh books and am certainly not in the mood to slog through something unfortunate. I’m in a mood and this mood wants swoons and humor and fluffiness. I’m picking up and abandoning things left and right.

As a reviewer, I’m of two minds about this. On the one hand, my review pile’s looking a lot more manageable with a whole bunch of books pushed off of it. On the other hand, I’m a) without a review today because I DNFed a bunch of things and finished little and b) feeling slightly guilty. I feel like I’m getting closer to being able to give very few fucks about review copies and taking my own time, but I’m not there yet.

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I’m talking about DNFing. OBVIOUSLY.

Basically, though, I’m writing this post to commiserate with others who have felt or do feel the same. I think it’s healthy to DNF. I know I’m happier having skipped a lot of the books I’ve DNFed this year. I may end up regretting and retrying the odd one here or there, but mostly I’m saving my time for books I’ll like better. So far as publisher relationships go, to my knowledge none of them mind if you DNF books here and there; they’d probably prefer you save your time for the books from their catalog you might love. This is not to say you shouldn’t go ahead, finish, and write a ranty review when you have a mind to, because sometimes that’s all you want to do and that’s just fine too. Read what you want, essentially, though I still wish I could just read and love all my review books in order. *sighs*

I am a bit frustrated right now with how specific my mood is and how much my review books don’t align with it. What do you do when moodiness strikes you? Do you read through it? Do you feed it what it wants?

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18 responses to “The Moody Blues”

  1. Angela says:

    I’ve been in the same place lately, but I can’t figure out what my moodiness wants to be fed, so I keep trying things….and I keep DNFing. Though I’ve only tossed aside 5 books since the beginning of August.

    I’ve been trying to read through it. I’ve also been peppering in re-reads of favorite series (on a one-to-one ratio with review books).
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    • Christina Franke says:

      I’m sorry you’re struggling too. It’s such a pain. I think I know what I want, but it’s a hard itch to scratch with my current review pile.

      That sounds like a great idea, but I’ve buried myself under so many review books at this point that I really can’t do that. *sobs* I made my own problem. *kicks past Christina*

  2. So funny, kind of, but I’m feeling the same lately. My review pile is getting ever more daunting day by day because nothing in there interests me. I’ve been dying for a fluffy read but can’t seem to find anything that’ll please the beast. Sometimes it works to stick to your schedule but sometimes it really only works to read what you want. Then you can get back to your schedule if you wish to do so. The way I see it, reading is supposed to be fun and if review books are making it not fun then I’m doing something wrong and I need to switch it up. Hope you get out of your funk!
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  3. Dana says:

    I DNF without guilt. No way will I ever be able to read everything I want to read so I don’t have time for books that don’t grab me. I actually have thought of giving up book blogging completely so that I will just enjoy the book instead of worrying about reading the book to review. I’m definitely a mood reader and will read whatever sounds good even if that means I set aside 10 before I find the one. 🙂 Hope you get out of your funk soon!
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    • Christina Franke says:

      I’m getting there. I didn’t DNF basically anything for three years because I felt like I COULDN’T DNF review books, so I am making serious progress. I’m changing up my system a little bit, so hopefully that helps.

  4. I’m having this same issue right now – if it sucks within the first ten percent, I’m going to DNF. There’s even one book that I’m looking at and just dreading reading it. I wish I had a bit more of your attitude!
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Ten percent tends to be my line too, though it depends. Ideally, I like to quit within that first 25-40 pages in the average book, because when I get further I feel like I might as well finish. Argh, I hate when I’m just dreading a book. I have pulled a couple out of my pile, but I try to at least give them a shot most of the time.

  5. The only thing that really keeps me sane is limiting the number of review copies I get – though I realize that’s harder for you with all the unsollicited stuff. But yeah, I have 10 ARCs for September, and I’m feeling the pressure because almost all of them are fantasy and a couple of them (AFTERWORLDS) are so freaking chunky. I need the fluff and the swoons too, so I’m pressuring myself to read faster so I can squeeze in fun reads.

    Example being I just read The Jewel which is pretty meh in one day, pretty much, just to get it over with. Now my goal is to read The Vault of Dreamers by Wednesday afternoon, so when I have my 4 day weekend with my family I can take whatever book I feel like (which I’m thinking will be THE BOYFRIEND APP yusssss).

    Basically, to me it’s all about keeping it manageable and knowing your limits. I’m close to reaching mine, but I think with the time off this long weekend, I will keep myself balanced. For you, I’d say keep on keeping on. You had, what, 34 ARCs for September? Publishers should understand that’s just not feasible – and this isn’t your job, you’re not making money off it, you’re not a professional.

    I’ve been thinking lately that I might stop requesting ARCs when I finish my BEA books – or just keep it at the bare bare minimum, because I do see now that there are so many backlist books that I desperately want to read, but that I never have the time for due to (oftentimes meh or bad) ARCs. I’m starting to see that the value in reading something early… isn’t that valuable. And if I want to read 10 fluffy contemporaries in a row, I feel like I should be allowed to do that 😛
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Yeah, I keep telling myself that would be wise, but I am a) not really that good at restraining myself where books are concerned and b) yeah, the unsolicited things can be a problem. I think if I keep DNFing and lose the guilt, that may solve my problems.

      The Jewel is the one I have tossed aside, because it sounds like I might get hooked enough to try to read the series, but after Mortal Danger I cannot even with instalove for a while.

      Boyfriend App is totally kooky, but seriously I cried laughing at one point, which is not common. I hope you like it because a lot of people were eh on it. OH KANYE THE PRESSURE.

      I definitely feel a bit less pressure than I once did to request things, but I still REALLY want my most wanted books, because I have enough review stuff that I won’t get to them in a timely fashion otherwise, which is a painful catch-22 that I don’t know how to handle.

      • Oh god the instalove in The Jewel is SO MUCH WORSE than Mortal Danger, but YEAH I feel like I’m on the hook for the series as well because I liked the world building overall and asdfjkl; cliffhanger ending and POTENTIAL BETTER SHIP. I want that better ship. I dooooo.

        Oh come on, when have you REALLY steered me wrong on contemporaries? Pfft. I shall report back. I definitely feel in the mood for craughing.

        I totally get what you mean. I have the luck that there’s kind of a natural stopping point when my BEA books run out, but for you it’s just an ongoing cycle 🙁 I guess it needs to taper off? How are you going to cope anyway when you’re over here next month? (If that is too painful to think about I UNDERSTAND I DID NOT ASK NEVERMIND)
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        • Christina Franke says:

          Yeah, this is why skipping. I can always hold onto it and maybe read later if the series ends up being really good.

          BUT WHAT IF THIS IS THE TIME I AM WRONG. Well, I doubt you will HATE it. But usually I recommend shippy things and, though this has a bunch of kissing, it’s not so much shippy that I remember. There are cute couples but not GAH THIS SHIP ya know?

          I have been panicking about this off and on since I booked my ticket. Ummm, well, I’ll probably work through a bunch of Harper and S&S, since I have auto approval on EW. Then I’ll select a handful to carry with me that I think I might be willing to abandon in Europe, because fuck carrying them home.

  6. Anya says:

    I used to feel horrendously guilty about reading any book that wasn’t the review book with the nearest publication date, but then ended up not getting to review books that I was most excited to because I lost interest by the time it was its turn :(. I find that just letting myself read whatever book is most calling to me helps me feel better. Sometimes my moodiness is actually due to feeling stressed about that exact lack of having enough reviews ready to go, so I’ll ready a couple of shorter books to give myself a buffer and it takes the pressure off :).
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    • Christina Franke says:

      I totally see that, but I also HATE making decisions, so I read way more if I’m not having to decide what I feel like every time, you know? I am such a mess. Haha.

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