I always think it's fun though to learn about other people's reading habits, who's a mood reader, who sticks to a schedule, how you factor in reading challenges, if you have system, etc., so I thought this would make for a fun discussion topic!
I'll start with my answer, then you join in with yours :-)
The easiest time for me to decide what to read next is when I get an ARC or review copy. I don’t get a whole lot, so I always make those my priority and read them right away. But all the rest of the time…
I’m 100% a mood reader.
I’m not sure exactly how everyone else defines the term “mood reader,” but, for me, it’s not about my actual emotional moods at all. It’s just my reading mood, as in, what I feel like reading.
For anyone who’s never experienced this, you know how sometimes you feel like having chicken for dinner and other times you feel like lasagna? Well that’s exactly what it’s like. Except with genres and moods and supernatural creature types and whatever other ways you can classify a book. Or it could be just a specific book I feel like, for no apparent reason. Sometimes I might feel like reading a paranormal romance with vampires. Other times I might feel like reading something dark. Other times I might get overwhelmed by too much dark and intense stuff and need something light and fluffy to cleanse my palette. Right now I’m on a bit of a historical fantasy kick, but who knows when that’ll suddenly change.
Even while I’m reading a book, I have no clue what I’m going to read next.
The worst though is when I don’t know what I feel like. Those are the days I think to myself, I could read this since I’ve been wanting to for a while… or I could read that… or maybe I could start this series… and then I spend the day staring at my books and debating rather than actually reading anything.
So no schedules for me. No systems either. And this is probably one of the reasons reading challenges stress me out.
In a way, it’s a curse, because when I don’t know what I feel like reading, I might pick something I’m not in the mood for and end up liking it less for no good reason, and I’ll go through whole phases where nothing is quite satisfying. But I wouldn’t change it because I think it might also make me like books more when I am in the right mood for them, and it’s just who I am :-)