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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Discussion Post: Getting in the Mood

We all have those days where you just can't get into your reading. It doesn't matter if the book is one you've been DYING to read, you just can't seem to settle in to read it. Maybe you're household or preferred reading area is bustling with too much activity, maybe you're mind is preoccupied with endless errands and tasks that need to be done. Or maybe, just maybe it's because you didn't do IT. Minds out of the gutter my dears, that's not what I'm talking about, "IT" is your reading ritual.

Do you have one? I know I do, and in order to get the most out of the book for reviews and discussions, I just HAVE to do/have these things:

1.Quiet. Not absolute quiet, mind you, but I can't have someone yammering on and on around and definitely not AT me. I can be in a room with normal conversation going on outside and block it out easily.

2. Good temperature. It sounds finicky but let me tell you, I live in a dry, crusty area. Extreme heat and blowing dust are not conducive to a positive reading experience.

3. My dog. Yes you read that right. I am a very anxious person by nature and having 60 pounds of black fur with crazy eyes laying next to me calms me down immeasurably.

 4. Music. Another oddity yes but I find that the right music can set the mood when you're reading a book. For example, while I was reading Celeste Bradley's Liar's Club series, I listened to a playlist made of different songs from the soundtracks of the Sherlock Holmes films. When I was reading Laurann Dohner's New Species series it was the scores from the Transformers films.

5. Finally, a glass of wine. It helps me relax and be able to absorb the story and the characters.

So tell me, do any of you have a routine that just has to get done in order for you to enjoy your books properly?


  1. I totally know what you mean about having the right atmosphere! It's essential.

    I saw that your reading Fifty Shades of Grey. Hmm, I was thinking about getting that one but I'll wait to see your review on it. I'm interested in what you think.

    1. Melissa I imagine having the right atmosphere is the same for writers as well.

      I am almost done reading Fifty Shades of Grey, I'll have the review up by Sunday at the latest. I have a lot to say about this book.


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