Discussion: What to Read Next?

Thoughts Read Next

With a to-read pile like mine it might seem that choosing a book to read should not be a problem. But much like people with full closets and nothing to wear – I can have bookshelves full of books and seemingly nothing to read!

Choosing your next book to read can sometimes be a bit of a daunting task. Do you continue on with a series? Do you switch genres? Do you not read at all and catch up with some household chores (okay. This one never seems to win out with me)? With so many amazing books being published all the time, how do you choose what to read next?

For the past few months I’ve had no problem choosing my next book. I’ve been trying to finish up some of my 2013 challenges or been hooked on series that I just HAVE (that’s right – not a want but a need) to find out what happens next. I’m currently on track with the books I have for review after toting them with me on my recent trip around Tasmania. But now I’m facing a bit of a problem.

How should I choose what to read next? 

I’ve tried sites like What Should I Read Next? and Which Book? but sites like these don’t seem to work for me. I have either a) already read the suggested books or b) find the titles to be a little too obscure for my taste.

There are times when I binge read on series. But this leads to another problem – sometimes even the best writers start to feel repetitive when you read more than 5 or so of their books in a row. I’ve done this with many authors. I find one of their books and love it so I devour their entire back catalogue within weeks. This is no the best idea. The characters start to feel the same just with slightly different names and the plot gives a distinct feeling of deja vu. When continuing reading the work of an author I adore isn’t an option, I need another way to find  my next book to read.

Another way of selecting is the proximity rule which basically sums up at reading what ever is closest. This often works for me but currently all the books that are piled up on the back of the couch, the coffee table and in various spots around my living room just don’t seem to capture my attention. This doesn’t make them bad books – I will get around to reading them. But right now I’m not in the mood for Amish romances, books about Egyptian culture or paranormal romances about angels.

After reading slumps – when nothing can capture my attention for longer than twenty pages or I just can’t bring myself to read – I do one of either two things.

Goodreads and Twitter.

I use goodreads a lot. I love lurking about and seeing what people have thought about books. And interestingly enough – when I can’t find a book to read its books with negative review that I want to read most. Those pesky one star books where some reviewers have been unnecessarily cruel – those are the books I want to read. I believe in being honest but fair with reviews. When I see a book being slammed in a way that feels hateful and mean… it makes me want to read that book. Possibly not what that particular reviewer was intending but I want to give the book a fair go – this is how I found my way reading Embrace by Jessica Shirvington and I found myself thankful for the hater who got me started on a great series.

And then there’s twitter. I love twitter. I don’t use it as much as I probably should but I enjoy seeing what people are talking about and what they have to say. It’s amazing how conversations on seemingly random topics can result in brilliant book banter. Just last night I was lured in and now feel like I MUST! read The Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor (okay, I was going to read this novella anyway but now it’s more of a burning desire than just a ‘I’ll get around to it someday” kind of feeling).

How do you choose your next book to read? Recommendations by friends and family? Does the blurb on the back of the book entice you to pick it next? Do you have a certain method of determining what you’re going to read involving complex algorithms or formulas? 

Feel free to leave me a comment. I’d love to know how you choose what you’re going to read next.

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Intimidating Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

The topic for this week is: Top Ten Most Intimidating Books (might be intimated by size, content, that everyone else loves it but you are sure you won’t etc)

For me there are two top reasons why I find them intimidating – length and hype.

If a book is super long, I often find that I’m a little nervous that I’ll never get through it. And if a book is hyped up and people tell me HOW AMAZING it is… I often feel like it’s just not going to live up to my expectations based on hype and I tend to put those books off reading too.

Intimidating by Size:

Les MisérablesAtlas ShruggedGlass Houses (The Morganville Vampires, #1)The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo – I love the musical. And the recent movie was pretty good too. But every time I complain about how much I dislike the character of Cosette, my brother urges me to read the book. Apparently she’s a lot more rounded in the novel. It’s just so long! And there are no pictures…

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand – I carry a copy of this book everywhere. I had it in my school bag, the car, beside my bed… I’ve taken it everywhere (even overseas) for the past ten years. And I still can’t finish it!

The Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine (this series has SO many books… or at least it feels like that… I have read some of the early books and I own the three most recent… I know I’ll get there eventually.

Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien – I’ve watched the movies… I really need to read the books!

Intimidating by Hype:

Twisted perfection (Perfection, #1)Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)The AlchemistAngelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)The Casual Vacancy

Abbi Glines – I’ve not read anything by her. Nor have I bought any books by her. But so many books of hers have been recommended to me on goodreads with dozens of !!!!’s and ZOMGS! and I just… need to work myself up to reading a book of hers.

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzgerald – I have this series on my shelves but I’m afraid I’ll end up disappointed… and I have a new policy that if I don’t like a book I donate it. I’m not ready to part with my pretty box set just in case…

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – It’s my friends favourite book. There’s a lot of pressure right there!

Angelfall by Susan Ee

The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling – okay so maybe the only hype for this one is my own. As a very proud Harry Potter fan, I know I shouldn’t compare this book with her other series but it’s there in my mind and I think the colours of the cover always remind me of my dislike of vegemite… it’s very intimidating!

Intimidating by Hype and Length:

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

The Mortal Instruments & The Infernal Devices series both by Cassandra Clare – I’ll admit it. I’m a BAD TMI fan. I’ve only read City of Bones. Which I really liked. But this series and then the pre-series… it’s a huge mountain of work! And when you have a somewhat short attention span… it’s a huge undertaking. Add to that the fact that so many people love and rave and live and breathe these books… I’m so hesitant to pick up City of Ashes and make my way though them all.

Anyone intimidated by any of these books? Should I stopped being afraid of any of these? Any I should add? Feel free to leave a comment. Hope you have a great week and thanks for visiting 🙂

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