Discussion: How do you choose your next book?

Posted November 22nd, 2017 by in Discussions / 4 comments

I’m sure I’ve discussed this before but I always find it such a great topic of discussion! Plus you never know who might read it and comment this time that didn’t last time and methods change.

I change the picking of my next read in a variety of ways on a pretty regular basis. Because I like the illusion that I have myself together when I almost never do.

Most recently my favorite way is to come up with a list of books (or series and then I choose the next book in that series to put on the list) that I want to read. It doesn’t have to be super long but I like round numbers so I went with 10. This was somewhat inspired by COYER’s most recent challenge “The One with the List” in which I failed miserably. In that challenge you chose 30 books to put on your list. I think I got overwhelmed.

I picked 10 to challenge myself this time. I haven’t been completely faithful either. I read ONE book that wasn’t on the list. Ssssssshhhhh don’t tell! BUT I also realized I can’t be that strict with myself. I’m learning that it’s good to have goals but not if I’m not having any fun. Then you find yourself in a big old pile of burnout. And really who needs that in their life?! Not this lady.

I’m almost halfway through my list and I’ve got to say that my heart has been happy. I am thinking more about what I’m reading and I’m not worrying overly much about what gets read and when. It’s taken me longer than I anticipated. For. Sure. But I’m happier. In the end that’s the only thing that really matters. 🙂

How do you choose what to read next?

Stephanie

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4 Responses to “Discussion: How do you choose your next book?”

  1. Beth W

    I like that idea, keeping the selection group small enough to not be intimidating, but large enough to not feel constrained or forced. I usually look to outside forces- book challenges or BINGO or whatnot. I have a reader-picked list of 12 books I was supposed to read this year, and I’m struggling wanting to read the last 3 of them. :/
    I know I’m challenging myself next year to read sequels of the series I liked but stopped (because I didn’t have the next book to immediately jump to). I think I’ll take a cue from you and make a list of 10, though. 🙂

    • Stephanie

      I totally suck at challenges. I don’t think I have ever completed one successfully. I still have 4 books on my first list of 10 but so far I’ve enjoyed every one of the 6 that I have read. I’m super strict with it. If I find myself straying to another book I will let myself read it. When it comes time to start a new book I look to my list to see if I am in the mood for one of them. 🙂

      So far it’s working! I’d love to hear if it works for you!

  2. Rachael Turns Pages

    I usually go by library due dates, but books I own that interest me will take precedence also. I use my goodreads TBR. I love lists, but don’t always stick to them, but I usually have success with my monthly TBR’s.

    • Stephanie

      I need to use the library more. I usually check out more than I can handle though. I think one day I may learn self-control. I have found that my list of 10 makes me more motivated. I love GoodReads and they keep updating it and it just keeps getting better and better!

      I may try monthly TBRs if I can figure out how many to actually include on a monthly basis.

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