How to Choose Your Next Read | Guest Post by Emily @enchntdrose

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Greetings, weblings!  Thanks to Ali for letting me do a guest post – let’s get started!

So while I’ve got you all here reading in rapt attention, eyes glued to the screen in excitement to see what this new, mysterious person has to say, I want to take this opportunity to write a discussion post about a question that often plagues me: how do you decide what to read next?

My current method of choosing my next read looks a bit like this:

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Whereas in my meanderings around the blogosphere, I notice that most book bloggers have these beautiful little things called “TBR”s that they use, typically on a monthly basis, to plan out their reads. I have a TBR. It’s my Goodreads “to-read” list, and it currently has 358 books on it.

I typically don’t decide what I want to read next until I am just about to finish the book I am currently reading. My feelings and whims change day-by-day, so I have this awful fear of committing to a monthly TBR that I won’t actually want to read once I get farther into the month. I never know what I want to read a month in advance, and I don’t want to force myself to read something that one-month-ago Emily wanted to read on the day I made that list. One-month-ago Emily is not to be trusted. I enjoy reading whatever strikes my fancy after I finish a book. If I just read a YA sci-fi romance, I might want to pick up a piece of contemporary literary fiction to mix it up. Or may be a graphic novel! Who knows!?

Here is what I assume is a list of factors that help in making TBR’s:

1. Availability

Did you just buy a new book and want to read it right away, or are you like me and buy books way faster than you can read them until you have an apartment full of unread books and wind up having to sift through them like a crazy pink unicorn?

2. Series

Did you start a series you want to finish all in one go, or are you like me and get distracted by a different book after finishing the first in a series and let it go for months (and sometimes even forever) before finally returning to that series?

3. Themes/Challenges

You might be participating in a theme or a challenge that is guiding what you read. Or, you might be like me and fear that kind of commitment.

I’m starting to see a pattern here. I am just too whimsical of a person to have a true set TBR aside from my ever-growing list of books I want to read before I die. So, I ask you, good people of the blogosphere:

How do you decide what to read next?

Meet the Blogger

My name is Emily and I blog over at Rose Read. A little about me: I am just finishing up my 2nd year teaching high school English in the Midwestern United States, but I am going back to school soon to study library science. My favorite genres are literary fiction, YA, fantasy, science fiction, graphic novels, and the occasional non-fiction/memoir. My current read is “The Little Paris Bookshop” by Nina George. Other than books and blogging, I love musical theater, hiking, dark chocolate, Mumford & Sons, owls, and unicorns.

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21 thoughts on “How to Choose Your Next Read | Guest Post by Emily @enchntdrose

  1. I have a loose monthly plan for what I read but I try to keep it open because I am a huge mood reader. I use it mostly to keep track of books I’ve requested (so I don’t get bogged down) and what books I want to put on hold for the library.

    What I read next depends on what I just finished. Usually a YA non-contemporary romance is followed by a New Adult contemporary romance. But I marathon series when I can because I like keeping myself in that head-space and world as much as I can.

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  2. I love this! I do the same as some people above, where I have a tbr jar. It’s nice to let fate decide. But I always let myself pick a second time if I don’t like the first book I picked haha

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  3. My Goodreads TBR has about 100 odd books on it, so really, for me, it depends on availability – I tend to go to the library to pick up whatever book available that is on my TBR, though sometimes I leave with something else entirely lol.

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  4. Oh my gosh, I love that gif.

    My current TBR on GoodReads is pretty unmanageable. Combined with the fact that I’m both an author and work for a book distributor, my supply of ARCs and free reads is almost endless … and I’m constantly overwhelmed by the amount of things I have to read. My method is basically: “hover around my bookshelf, page through my kindle, moan to myself, eventually read the first pages of about ten different things and wait to see what grabs me.”

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    • Ahh, that’s so funny! Sometimes it’s fun to be able to read whatever you desire at that moment in time, but sometimes people (like me!) need a schedule for reading / a TBR list they actually stick to! I like your method though 😉

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  5. Picking a new book to read is so hard, there are so many good choices out there it’s hard to pick. I tend to just get a pile of books from the library and read the first few pages of them. Then I pick the one I like most 🙂 it mostly works out for me, anyways xD

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  7. This is a great tip especially to those new to the blogosphere.
    Short but very accurate information… Thanks for sharing
    this one. A must read article!

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