Today’s post is not a about a particular book. I’ve decided to talk about something I’ve always found very curious: the process of choosing what to read next.
How does one really decide what to read next? I think this is one of the greatest questions of life and I’m here to think a bit about it and tell you how I roll.
For many many years, what I did was go into the library and ask for recommendations. I found some of my favourite childhood books that way. The librarian always had the best recs and I have a lot to thank her for. There are always some hits and misses but I guess it’s like that with everything. You can’t possible like all the books in the world.
When I started to buy my own books, I read them as they came. But in the last few years, my book buying problem has increased. I always had about ten books, at least, in my TBR. What I did was just look at them and choose whatever I felt like reading. Some were pushed back years and years and it didn’t made me particularly happy. Besides, it was a real pain and included a lot of ponderation of the pros and cons of each particular read!
To deal with this problem better, I started something like a virtual TBR jar. I decided to do it on the computer since I don’t like wasting paper and I didn’t have any jars available to use at the time. What I did was create a sheet with a list of all my unread books. Using the random generator, I choose the book corresponding to the number that it is drawn. A few people doubt this method since it takes a lot of will to in fact read the book that is dawn. Because maybe it isn’t the book you most wanted to read or you just aren’t in the mood. It’s important to stick with it tho! Otherwise there’s no use to having a TBR jar.
Right now, I use a combination of the last two methods, even though I’m trying to use the virtual jar more often. Still, there’s a few books I just have to read as soon as I get them.
Anyway, how do you decide what to read next? I guess everyone has their ways and I’m just really curious to know how it works for you! Please let me know!