Since I started blogging in 2015, my reading habits have changed drastically. I’ve gone through phases of scheduled reading, mood reading, and reading slumps but I’ve never really thought about whether I prefer to schedule my reading or to just go with whatever my mood dictates. Until now.
Scheduled reading comes in many different forms including choosing which specific books you’ll read in a month or how long you’ll read for each day. Personally, I don’t schedule an amount of time to read per day because I’m useless at sticking to that. Sometimes, I really don’t feel like spending my evening reading and I’d prefer to watch youtube videos or play video games. Sometimes, I’ll read for the entire day. I am really a mood reader when it comes to this.
However, I have tried another type of scheduled reading: monthly TBRs. A lot of bloggers make monthly TBRs and some, like me, only have one book on said TBR while others have many, many more. I personally like this form of ‘scheduled’ reading because it’s not too restrictive and it’s usually influenced by what you feel like reading.
I do another type of scheduled reading every single March. This isn’t really restrictive either but during March I only read books by women because it’s Women’s History Month. I ensure that I read one book per week in March too so it’s definitely my most ‘scheduled’ and ‘restricted’ reading month of the year.
Other people schedule their reading down to the day. For example, I might say that I’m going to start reading The House of Mirth on the 15th of February 2020 and finish it on the 18th of February 2020. I used to do this when I had a lot of reading to do for my university modules and I still do it for ARCs sometimes but I personally couldn’t schedule my reading like this all the time. It’s fine when I’m trying to read a 700+ page Gothic novel for my degree but it’s too restrictive for everyday reading and I’d get really frustrated by it.
Scheduled reading can be really useful and if you prefer to schedule your reading then I can understand why.
Letting my mood dictate my reading habits, without any form of schedule, usually reads to a reading slump. If I don’t set myself at least one book to read per month then my brain will just shut down and I won’t read anything. This is due to an awful mix of depression and procrastination. That first book of the month helps me focus on something but after that first book of the month, I do go with the flow and let my mood decide what I’m reading. I’m really not sure why I have to do this every month but it may just be a habit now and I have yet to break it.
Last year, I gravitated towards Agatha Christie novels or retellings of mythology. I always read a lot of classic novels too, both because I have a Classic Club list to finish and because they’re the books that I enjoy the most. I do wonder what I’ll reach for this year but, if January is anything to go by, it’ll probably be more Agatha Christie and more classic literature.
Do you have a reading schedule or do you just go with the flow?
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