How Do You Choose Your Next Book?

January 10, 2015 Discussions 20

I was realizing today that I seem to read in blocks. Like, a few months ago, all I was reading were ebooks on my Kindle. And for the last month, all I’ve read were physical books.

I just haven’t wanted to go through the effort of picking a book on my Kindle. It would be nice if the summaries were right there where you could easily find them. But since I have to go to Amazon in order to read the book summary, some days it’s just more trouble than it’s worth.

I was reading someone’s blog, I forget who it was now. (It was Terri from Second Run Reviews, thanks for the reminder Nicole!) But she had actually gone through her TBR ebooks and printed out a cover image for all of them. Then she made them into little books and stuck them on her physical TBR shelf so she could flip through them to find her next read.

Considering I have 670+ books in my TBR list on my Kindle, it would take forever and way too much paper/ink to do that for me. I have been considering taking a few days and just pasting summaries into Word or Notepad. And page #’s if they’re given. But I dunno if I’ll actually take the time to do it or not.

So how do you decide what to read next? Do you have a system? Do you just close your eyes, and grab the first book you find? If you read both print books and ebooks, how do you decide which one you want to read next? And if you read ebooks, how do you organize your TBR on your ereader?

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20 Responses to “How Do You Choose Your Next Book?”

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Haha, I think that might have been Andrea from Little Red Reviewer – unless someone else had an idea like that. I usually go back and forth between ebook and physical, usually have one of each going at one time so I have something to read on all occasions, whether I’m at home or on the go. As to how I choose what to read next…for review books, the release date a factor. And then I think about what type of book I’m feeling. I like to mix it up a bit, if I haven’t read UF in a while, for example, I’ll try to fit one in.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      Hmmm… Sounds slightly familiar, it might have been her. I’ve been visiting so many new blogs because of the discussion challenge Feed Your Fiction Addiction is running, that they’re all starting to blend together. Hoping to find some new blogs I like through it.

      If I have ARC’s, those of course come first. But lately I haven’t had time to request any so I’ve been going through books I’ve had around a while but not read yet. Sounds like you have a good system, thanks for sharing!

    • SilvaraWilde

      Only 5 books? You must have some kind of magical reading ability you need to share. Being able to speed read or something to keep your TBR list down to so few! *grins*

  2. Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings

    I try to always have an ebook and a physical book going at once, so I don’t tend to stick with just format for any length of time, but deciding on new ebooks to read is tough. I use Goodreads a lot to help me keep track of what is on my ereader and look through to pick out a new one. Usually I can remember pretty well what a book is generally about without needing to look at the synopsis, plus I don’t like risking spoilers of any kind with blurbs, haha. But yeah, I just lose track of things sometimes D:
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I try to avoid spoilers at all costs! Which is why I’ve stopped checking out Goodreads until after I’ve read the book. Too many times looking at other reviews or just finding the synopsis, I’ll find people who have posted major spoilers without hiding them under tags or even warning people.

      I get too scattered reading 2 books at once, unless one of them is a book I’ve read before. I’m likely to end up mixing plot or not giving one my full attention so had to quit. But I may have to try starting that up again, I have way too many ebooks I need to read!

  3. Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

    Well I have a folder on my kindle called “review” and I put all my review e books there. I airways have at least one going, one print book going and one audio book going. Then I binge read through whichever one greens my attention the most. How I pick the next one usually is based on cover art or I look at my book tracking spreadsheet. There I enter ask the review books I receive, print, ebook and audio and I break it up by month. I usually stay within that month or the next month and pick from that. I put the page count on there. But lately I’ve allowed myself to read however far in advance I want if I remember being super excited about one or another now I just jump right to that instead so the shiny new feeling doesn’t wear off.

    It also greatly depends on my mood. I like various different sub genre, urban fantasy, fantasy and science fiction and steam punk etc. So I go with my mood. I also try to take turns on adult and ya so that every other day on my blog is a YA and then an adult back and forth since that’s really how I like to read anyhow.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      You… are way more organized than I am! *laughs* I mean, all my TBR ebooks are in one folder on my Kindle. But I don’t make spreadsheets or lists or anything like that with the books. ARC’s I read when I get them and then schedule the review for whenever I’m supposed to have it posted. But I also don’t request a lot of ARC’s or I might have to have a spreadsheet for them!

      I most likely should be more aware of the genres that I’ve been reviewing. But I tend to be an impulse reader as well as buyer.

  4. Karen Blue

    I have a bit of a schedule. I list all my TBR on my calender (on my paper calender), they are sort of in order of when I need to read them. I try to read a freebee or a library book in between obligations, and that is just whatever I am in the mood for.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      All you super organized people! *laughs* Though I admit to being more organized when I actually have an ARC to read. It’s just all the piles of books and ebooks that aren’t ARC’s that I’m disorganized about.

  5. Bregje

    I don’t really read ebooks, so I don’t have any problems with that :p. I do have a lot of physical books I mean to read. They are at my own place and also at my parents’ house and they are really disorganised. I don’t have a good system to pick new books to read. I just pick up a whatever I am in the mood for.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      Sounds like me. I have 9 full bookcases of books in my house, and I don’t know how many boxes of books in a storage space on the east coast with my mom.

    • SilvaraWilde

      Thanks for the reminder and link! I’ve updated the post to link back to her.

      One of these days I’ll get around to figuring out a good way to sort my ebooks. But there are just so many of them the thought of doing it makes me cringe!

  6. Lola

    If I have no clue what to read then I use goodreads, all my books are shelved there and I can easily check the summary and other reviews to see if that’s the kind of book I am in the mood for. Usually I have some sort of idea what I want to read, like the genre or e-copies only or I check my for review shelf first to see if there’s something interesting there.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I started to port all my TBR ebooks to GoodReads, but with around 700-ish of them it turned into a huge chore. Especially as I was trying to weed through the ones I’d actually read verses the TBR’s. I have something like 1,600 ebooks total, so I pretty much gave up after sorting through a few hundred.

      Makes me wish I had discovered GoodReads years ago so I could have started sorting before my ebooks exploded!

    • SilvaraWilde

      I gave up sorting my TBR shelf in ‘want to read most’ order. It seems every time I go to choose a new book to read, the one I wanted to read the most is never the one it was when I added it to my shelf!

      Glad to see I’m not the only one with way too many ebooks to choose from! I still have around 750-ish in my TBR folder on my Kindle. So hard to choose one from that many!

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