How I Choose My Next Read? AKA. Finding A Method To My Madness

Dec 5, 201834 comments

I think I may have a problem. 

No not the one with my having a never ending list of TBR books (is that a problem even? Doesn’t everyone have that?)

And it is not about feeling guilty about all the book reviews that are pending. But thanks for reminding me of that.

And the one about how I struggle with a book even when I don’t like it, without DNF-ing it? Great, This is exactly why I don’t write out what I think nor I have a conversation with the mini-me.

You know what, I will tell you guys myself! I am an indecisive schmuck when it comes to choosing my next read. And I used to think it was normal too, until I saw those beautiful posts on monthly and weekly TBRs. Well, as much as they inspired me, they broke me.

How I Choose My Next Read?

So I guess I need a system. FOR CHOOSING MY NEXT READ. That makes sense doesn’t it? I should not be wasting an hour or two of my precious time on deciding what I am reading next instead of reading it already. Especially with the tremendous growth I have been showing when it came to planning of late. It should be a cake walk right?

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Let us get on with it, I will choose my next read right away WITHOUT WASTING ANYMORE TIME.

Method 1: Choosing the book (ARC – Advance review copies) that is closest to the publishing date.

Well, these seem obvious right? With planning and I being so chummy these days, I just have to choose one that is near the deadline. 
I never thought it was going to be this simple. Now I can just read!

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BUT.. But I don’t feel like waging a war with the zombie right now. Maybe, I am in the mood for a romance, especially since it is winter and all. 

Let me check the Goodreads’ romance shelf.

*Ends up ordering two or three or ten books and spends the night worrying about how broke I am*

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Method 2: Choose a book from the recommendations and reviews of your favorite blogger

Today is new day and a new beginning. Let me pick one book before I have my morning coffee so that I can start reading while I commute or run errands. 

Let us make this easy. Pick the one that your favorite blogger recommended recently. 

But which one? I have so many favorite bloggers and they have so many books on their recommendation. 

It is going to take a while, guys. Let me get that coffee first.

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*Ends up blog hopping till it is dark, skipping breakfast, lunch and survives on coffee*

Method 3: Pick one that has stayed the longest on your TBR

I will just pick the one that I have in my TBR already. 

May be the one I added the first, like the First in first out. This method works so well for stocks in the stores, it should work me too.

OMG, I need to read THIS, I have no idea why I have not read this. It has been so long that I don’t even know where it is. I just have to find this on my shelf.

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Well, that is a bust. I have no clue where it is. 

Method 4: Pick the one right next to you, literally.

You know what? I am just going to pick that random book that is physically near me and save the time instead of searching for one in these heap. 

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But my e-reader has like 100s of books and it is near me as it should be as always. Should I pick that one up already? The ‘latest one I added in that’ makes more sense right? What am I if not the most sensible one!

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I am going for it. And I am just going to ignore the hard copies and their beautiful covers. Like I care about them. Or do I? 

Method 5: Take a quiz or two

Sigh I give up. I can’t do this. I wish someone told me what to read. Someone like Goodreads but not exactly that. 

Something more personalized and more according to my mood. Maybe I will take one of those quizzes.

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*Goes deep into the world of GIFs and food and never emerge out*

Method 6: My go to method for choosing my next read

I give up. I may as well pick something that is not on my To Be Read shelf. 

What did I say? OhMYGod. Thats it, I am picking THE book SHE recommended. I know it is not my TBR. but I am adding it now. 

But your TBR is crying!

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Sssh! I am done with trying to be organized. 

I am a mood reader and bad at taking decisions and I accept it after I waste 3-4 days where I read nothing, almost every week. 

Well, if you have a system that works for you, enlighten me. Save my TBR! Let us chat. 

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34 Comments

  1. Valenica Abbott

    I love just wandering around the library and seeing what peaks my interest!

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  2. Olivia-Savannah Roach

    This post made me smile so much 😀 It sounds like you really struggle with what to read next. I don’t really have a method to the madness really. I either need to read something for uni or the blog, or I just choose what genre I am in the mood for and look at my shelves because there is plenty on there for me to read. I am a total mood reader so I just go for my mood really 😛

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  3. Charvi Koul

    Haha this is a hilarious but totally relatable post! I am a mood reader so I usually just end up reading whatever the hell I want!

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    • Gayathri

      That is so me!

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  4. Whispering Stories

    I have a list I work through for those on my normal TBR list that goes off when the publisher, author requested a review. My other list is for those on blog tours or dates for review booked in. These take priority.

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    • Gayathri

      I wish I were this organized. Sigh.

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  5. Avid Reader Diary

    My favorite method is Method No. 6. Thanks for not letting me feel alone on this! Hahaha!

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    • Gayathri

      Whatever works works, right?

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  6. the orangutan librarian

    I definitely try to read books closer to their publication date (though this doesn’t always work haha!) hehehehe I so relate to this post! Especially the last point where you give up crying 😉

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    • Gayathri

      I am trying to be more organized though.

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  7. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious Blog

    This post is so true, and I have tried all of these at one point or another! I tend to stick more closely to method 1 on due dates… but I have been reading more backlist lately. I’ve been doing a lot of buddy reads lately and mood reading, which is fun.

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    • Gayathri

      I agree, I have been participating in book club and group reads to keep up my schedule occupied.

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  8. DJ Sakata

    I’m usually running (and a little behind) on a schedule with little choice of what to read on the day.

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    • Gayathri

      Wow that is why you are able to read so many books I guess.

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  9. Tasha

    I like doing tours, and I make sure that I have my NetGalley and Edelweiss books up to date but when I have chance, I have so many favourite authors that I cannot wait to catch up with.

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    • Gayathri

      You are much more organized than I am!

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  10. Gemma

    Great post. This made me chuckle and it was definitely very relatable. I tried strict TBRs but they put me in a slump so now I just make generic TBRs like this month I’m reading review and NetGalley books. That’s working so far.
    Gemma @ http://www.gemmasbooknook.blogspot.com

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    • Gayathri

      I am glad you have a system that works well, unlike me.

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  11. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks

    Haha, nice post 😀 you forgot the method of buddy reads! 😀 like how we are reading Eleanor Oliphant next month 😀

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    • Gayathri

      Buddy reads usually need planning and you know me how difficult that is for me. But I am getting there.

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  12. Jenn @ Bound to Writing

    I love this post! To pick my next read, I usually try to pick up review books first. But on occasion, I find myself wanting to read another genre and I lose all hope of staying on track. I honestly am not sure how I ever pick a book to read, it just happens. 🤷‍♀️ 🙂

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  13. Daniela Ark

    haha your post made me smile! I’m a chronic “THE BEST” seeker. What is the best way to [then insert here whatever! Make coffee, train a chihuahua, choose a book! LOL] since I’m also chronically behind in life I learn to go with the opposite of your ARC strategy. I pick the farthest to the publishing date. 🙂 Nad.. Congrats you won my last NaNoWriMo Giveaway! I don’t think you are in the U.S. right? (Dubai?). Should I send you the gift card to the email you left on the comments?

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    • Gayathri

      You are my soul sister. I do that totally too!

      OMG OMG I have pretty much won nothing online until THIS. I would love to receive the gift card pl!

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      • Daniela Ark

        Beloved soul sista, sorry I haven’t gotten to it but I will soon! 🙂 love ya! xoxo

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        • Gayathri

          Love you too. Take your time <3

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  14. Raji

    I used to always end up tearing up my hair when I need to choose my next book with open-ended options. Then I started an excel sheet for every year with a maximum of 50 books that I should read. It is a mixed bag of all my usual authors, genres, recommendations from bloggers and reading clubs, tbr, etc. It gives me a goal to complete but these are not the only books I read. Sometimes I diverge from the list when some books are compelling, but I get back to this list in the end. If I am unable to complete any book I carry forward it to the next year. It has worked for me for the last 2 years.

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  15. Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

    TBR is not a problem unless you recognize that it’s problem, so we’ll just ignore it and go on our merry way, all right? Also thanks for reminding me that I’m guilty of pending book reviews that need to be written as well.

    I’m very much a choosing a book by publication date – I’ve gotten in the habit of requesting certain books every few months so I have time to read what I DO enjoy, and not ones that I’m obligated to read when requesting. Sometimes I do a combo of adding or moving a book up because a blogger friend recommended it, but that’s a very rare case (I did do it for This Mortal Coil, though, which I’m still waiting for the hold on it).

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    • Gayathri

      I love living in the denial that I don’t have a problem too! I am awestruck at your planned reading style.

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  16. Fanna

    This post is hilarious but SOOO true! I don’t have a system set to decide what I read next either but I think that’s a fun thing…? Because that doesn’t limit my choices but of course, it can waste a lot of time XD Guess, you gotta lose something to gain something. However, if the book turns out to be a DNF, then that’s a heartbreak right there. I’m so guilty of #6 and #1 is what I wish I was doing, haha. This post was so much fun to read, Gayathri! <3

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    • Gayathri

      I wish I didn’t waste as much time on this decision as well.

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  17. jennifer gaarder

    It is not being organized that i end up with three books going at a time sometimes.

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    • Gayathri

      Oh that happens to me too.

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  18. JJ @ This Dark Material

    In definitely a combo of methods 1 and 3! I try hard to respect publishing dates, but sometimes I just wanna read a backlist title instead. Great post! 🙂

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    • Gayathri

      I love backlists and I avoid missing out the deadlines. Sigh the conundrum!

      Reply

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