I’m back with another discussion post and this time I want to talk about things that make me pick up a book!
So, let’s just jump into it!
Usually I just skip through everything I have available until I see something that catches my eye A.K.A. the thing I’m in a mood for.
Sometimes I’m feeling a particular genre or trope and search with that in mind — in rare ocassions I know what book I’m feeling but even then it’s usually something I can’t get at that moment lol. Other times I just look through my kindle, Scribd/Storytel, or whatever else I have access to at the time until something sticks.
‘just click something and start reading’
I have also days when my reading capabilities are versatile enough to just pick something up and go with it. Usually, I go to my eARC folder and click whatever feels right.
I love those moods because that feels so productive and like I have enough mindspace for anything I can imagine. But. It’s rare.
understimulation / overstimulation
There are times I have no idea what I’m in a mood for but my brain feels so understimulated I. NEED. A. BOOK.
I go with something light then becasue it’s easier to get into? So, romances, graphic novels, smut, or middle-grade are game then. I need something that’s not overwhelming but will fill in the space. Like brain popcorn or backgraund noise.
That’s the most important one!
I don’t think I read straight books anymore. If so — rare ocassions.
I mostly pick up books for the gay stuff. If something is queer, chances are I will want to read it at some point. Of course, I’m gay connoisseur so the quality is important as well but that’s the base cryterium.
‘i want to learn something!’
I love reading non-fiction. I don’t read enough of it, I think.
I. WANT. TO. LEARN. THINGS.
My favourite subjects are:
- biology (human body, evolution, trees, bees, etc.);
- LGBTQ+ stuff.
It’s one genre. And it’s fantasy. Everything else I read for the gay content or to take a break from fantasy.
If it has:
- enemies to lovers;
- slow burn;
- books about books;
- found family;
- dual timeline;
- … (the list is long)
(and is queer) then it’s highly probable I will want to read it.
cleneasing my palate
Sometimes I will read so much fantasy the worlds start merging together or something.
Then I will look for more neutral books.
Like comtemporary romance or maybe non-fiction. Depends what I have avalable at the time but I NEED TO BREATHE!!
to sum up
What affects my ‘picking up a book’ abilities?
- availbility of titles, of course
- MOOD —
I legit cannot force myself to read a thing I’m not in the mood for
- GAY CONTENT
- favourite genres and tropes
- current mental health state
- what I read before that
- What makes you pick up a book?
- Is your process as difficult as mine?