With so many choices out there, and an ever growing TBR list, how do you choose which books you are going to read next?
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I have *the* hardest time picking a book to read next. I mean, if it is a book club selection, then it is easy. I have to read that in time for the meeting. But if I’m just picking a book off my own TBR, well, that is so hard. So much depends on what I’m in the mood for, which can vary from wanting a light read, to a fast-paced dystopia, to something in between. I’ve been trying to read the books I actually have bought and paid for first, but sometimes the library availability wins out. I’ve been getting a lot of audiobooks from the library using overdrive, so if one becomes available, obviously that deadline of having to return it makes that book a priority. I think once I (if I ever) catch up, I might do a quick poll thinger and have you awesome people tell me which book I should read next.
Hmmm ….I am a planner when it comes to what I read next. I have all sorts of goals lists in mine when choosing what to read next. First there are the yearly goals of total number of book I wish to read this year. Then there are the category goals, such as how many of my own books do I intend to read this year. Then there are the arcs. I am trying to read one netgalley a week arc, but that goal I just started. I am actually on target with that goal since I read one arc last week and am starting a new one today. YAY! I also have some nonfiction books that I would like to read. My goal for that has been to read at least one nonfiction book I already own once a month. These nonfiction books are usually faith based self improvement books or writing advice books. I also read books according to what movies are coming out, or what conclusion to a series is about to be released as I like to reread the book(s) before the movie/next series installment. Then there are the book club choices, which I am part of 2 to 3 book clubs and plus my own book club has their monthly meetings, a serial reading meeting and then we have also been reading the Outlander series for the past year, so I have that, too. On top of all of that, I also have to take into consideration my mood and make sure that I leave enough space open in my reading schedule for what sort of mood I am in. That being said, I try to plan my reading a month in advance with leaving space open to read what strikes my fancy as well. I then create daily goalposts such as percentage read or hours listened or pages read for each day. I can plan these goalpost markers by concluding how many pages I can usually read in a day (no more than 150 pages, with 100 being the ball park target.) And so yeah, that is how I decide what to read next! How do you decide? What is your method????