July topic: Why do you read the books you read? Explore why you gravitate towards certain genres and/or authors. How do you pick the next book you will read?
I was putting lots of thought into this month's topic, mulling over why I read what I do and how I pick books when I realized the answer is really very simple: I am a complete and total, 100% without a doubt, mood reader. There's really nothing more that goes into what I read and when I read it other than my mood at any given moment.
I never make a monthly TBR list because I never know what I'm going to feel like reading (which is a shame because I do love any excuse to make another list). I love giving myself the freedom to pick and choose anything I want based on how I feel at the time. I never like feeling locked in to picking up a certain book. Sometimes I finish a book that's part of a series and I enjoyed it so much that all I want to do is dive right into the next book. Sometimes I want a break and I'll pick up something completely different.
When it comes to genres I'm typically reaching for contemporary romance - young adult, new adult, or adult. I'm a sucker for romance - bring on the swoon, bring on the angst, bring on All The Feels! Once in a great while I'll feel like mixing things up and I might go for something paranormal or maybe historical. But it's always something I decide on in the moment. Do I want something light and fluffy? Something angsty? Something dark and edgy? Maybe a tearjerker? The options are limitless... but it's always, always based on my mood.
How about you? How do you decide what to read? Do you have a strict TBR? Just grab whatever? Go for the newest releases? Let's chat about it.