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October 15, 2015

How do you decide which book to read next?

by Donnan Huber

I'm in a bit of a reading slump and to be honest I'm feeling totally overwhelmed with my TBR pile. I no clue what to read next or even the kind of story I want to read.

It would be easier to choose the next book if I knew if I was in the mood for a thriller or fantasy. I'm pretty sure I'm not in the mood for romance as I just finished a romantic novella that was good, but not fulfilling - does that make sense?

A comment last week got me thinking about how people choose their next book. For most reviewers there are titles that are coming up that need to be reviewed. For me, I try to read any Netgalleys that are coming up for archiving or ARCs that will soon be released first.

But when there are pressing deadlines, I just choose whatever I'm in the mood for. But what if I'm not sure. It's like going into a restaurant knowing you need to eat but nothing on the menu is jumping out at you.

Have you ever felt like this when trying to decide your next read?

The commenter that sparked this idea in my head mentioned that she posts a list of titles of she needs to read and then lets her readers pick her next read.

I thought that was a good idea. It gives more exposure to the titles that are sitting in the TBR pile and gets readers more actively involved. If I could narrow down the list a bit I would probably try it. But I don't even have a full list of what is waiting to be read on my Nook. And I know I couldn't narrow it to just a few choices as I don't have any idea what criteria to use.

I asked on Twitter how people choose their next book and @Tina_Bookworm mentioned she's used a random number generator (like to help her decide between a few titles. I thought was an interesting way of doing it. And again, if I could narrow it to a few choices might be the best way to go at the moment since it would totally leave it up to chance.

I'll probably give myself a few days and try to decide over the weekend. I know I have a few Netgalley titles to read. So maybe I will get started on one of them.

So tell me how to do you decide what book you will read next?

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  1. Usually I read more than one book at a time (it helps when I don't feel like reading smut next to a coworker, or other awkward time, and keeps the broedome generally at bay). But when I'm done with something, I do try to make sure I'm reading something that requires a review (Net galley, ARC, author request). Otherwise I try to make sure i don't get too behind with any 'assigned reading' such as the Salem's Lot readalong this month. And then I usually just skim over the last few downloads and pick something that jumps at me. Now if the others are filled, but nothing looks attractive, I try to go based off my month's theme. If all else fails, I try to find something short/small so at least it'll be a quick read and I can maybe make a more determined choice once I'm done with that one.