I’ve been spending a lot of time in Westeros and Esso with the characters of A Game of Thrones. This is a vile world full of death and horrible characters. Yet, I’ve finished the first 4 books and I’m close to finishing the most recently published 5th book.

The television series resumes next month and I wanted to know what happens to the characters in the book before I accidentally trip on a spoiler online. (Although, I don’t really watch the show, because of it’s HBO-ness. Ugh.)

I’ve made it through the first few books, so by golly I am going to finish this thing. I want to be caught up with the rest of the world and shake my fist at George R. R. Martin with everyone else and yell, “Write faster!” while we wait for books 6 and 7.

I read on and this dark, twisted world definitely affects my mood. It’s hard to shake off the gloom and ugliness. It follows me into my sleep. During the day I’ll walk around with a tinge of melancholy and seriousness. These books are heavy in length and in subject matter.

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Orwell’s 1984 also disturbed my outlook on life. The book scared me so much, because I found much of the book’s events to be true today. The story still haunts me.

Like 1984 and A Game of Thrones some books are fascinating and entertaining even if they are a bit freaky. For the record, I can’t handle really freaky stuff with psychopaths or blatant violence. Even some YA is too violent for me.

Not every Fiction or Nonfiction book is going to be full of rainbows and cupcakes. I simply need to be aware that my currently-being-read book may put me in a funk.

I need to be in the right mood to pick up an intense book. Other times I need a mindless, candy book for entertainment.

A Game of Thrones being a rough read wasn’t a surprise. It’s easy to skim along in the parts I don’t want to dwell.

Thankfully, when I’m done with Westeros I can jump into another world with a whole lot less death.

What books have affected your mood in a positive or negative way?