Now that I have finally cut down on my ARCs, I feel like I have all the freedom in the world to choose my next read. I’m no longer at the whim of publication dates and am at liberty to pick any book in the whole world for that next reading slot. HELLO OPTIONS! I love that act of scanning my bookshelves (real and virtual) and choosing the book can be as enjoyable as reading. But picking that final choice, that perfect book for that exact moment in your life, that’s actually a little bit harder than I thought!
We always want our next book to be that elusive 5 star book that will dazzle us with it’s brilliance. And we don’t want to waste time on that meh book. HELLO PRESSURE! Where do I start, how do I whittle down that crazy to-be-read list and choose an epic book? Glad you asked as I’ve come up with some different techniques for choosing my next read.
7 RANDOM ways to choose your next book
I have my trusty Excel spreadsheet. Yep I know that sounds boring as hell but I love being organised and this way I can browse my titles and see what pops it’s little head up, pleading ‘read me, read me’.
Another way is similar to the above but this time it’s scanning my Goodreads to-read shelves. The added advantage is that this time I get to see covers too. Damn right, I all too often pick my next read by that pretty cover! If nothing else, it will look good on my Instagram feed 😀
Make a TBR jar. I think this is such a fun idea and I’ve been inspired by other bloggers who have gone this route. I wouldn’t want to do it for EVERY read but as an occasional lucky dip, I think it’s a cute idea.
Let the internet pick it for you! You can use a site like What Should I Read Next. You just type the name of a book that you’ve previously liked and hey presto it throws out some suggestions for you. I’ve tried this and their suggestions are pretty spot on. Plus I love that they pick reads that might be outside my current book radar.
Stick with an author you already love. Simples! If you’ve loved previous books, then the chances are pretty good that you’ll love another one by them. It’s not 100% guaranteed but the odds are in your favour.
Send out a what-should-I-read-next plea on Twitter! Your twitter friends (if they are like mine) are passionate and well-informed book pushers. Trust them, they are all book lovers and know good books!
Ask your favourite book blogger *cough* between my lines *cough Obvs!
Talk to Trish: How do you choose what book you will read next? Do you stick to a schedule or pick books at random?