Friday, April 17, 2015

Let's Discuss...(1)

Let's Discuss...
Let's Discuss...is a new feature here on Lunar Rainbows Reviews, inspired by many of my fellow bloggers and their discussion posts.  For my posts, I'll be discussing random bookish and fandom topics.

Hi everyone!  I know a lot of those who know me will remember how I've been talking for ages about launching a discussion feature on the blog.  Well, that day has finally come!  I'll posts these whenever I have something I want to chat with you guys about, and so far I have ideas lined up for a bunch of other posts, so hopefully you guys will enjoy these :)  For my introductory post, I wanted to talk about:

How do you decide what to read next? 

I think that it's fair to say that as bloggers and avid readers, we've all been there at one point or another: struggling to decide what to read next.  I have an entire bookshelf filled with my 'to-read' books, so sometimes, the choice seems impossible.


To complicate matters even further, I am a HUGE mood reader, so when I finally do get my hands on a coveted wishlist book, it doesn't necessarily mean that I'll get to it straight away.  So, this begs the question: how do you decide what to read next?

Personally speaking, there a few different techniques I've tried over the years, but they don't always work for me, so that's why I'm putting this out there - in the hopes that one of you will give me a magic answer and solve all my decision making woes.(ha!)  Here's what I've come up with:

  • Kismet.  Sometimes a book just calls to you.  You can almost hear it's siren song the moment you pick it up.  When that happens, I never ignore it - I will push aside review copies without a care when a book draws me in like that.  When a book beckons, you listen, because that my friends, is magic.

  • Prioritizing.  This is realistic Micheline, which doesn't pop up as often as she should, but will chime from time to time and be like: Ok, you really NEED to read this review book, mood be damned! Now if only she would show up more often...and if only I listened to her all the time.

  • Multitasking.  That's what I call reading more than one book at a time.  The most I've ever juggled is three, with two at a time being the norm.  I tend to have short attention span so at the beginning, when books are setting up and all that introductory stuff, I can get bored. Having more than one option to choose from can be helpful.  Until one book steals the spotlight and then the other(s) get ignored until I finish the one that captivated me the most  >.<
...into another book that is.
  • Sampling. This is a new one I came up with a few months back. I pick up around 3-5 books I know I want to get to asap, and then I read the first chapter of each one, to see which one will grab me first.  If I still can't decide after one chapter (it's happened only once), then I just start all over again and read the second chapter of each book.  This has been my failsafe method so far, and it hasn't let me down.  The only problem with the approach?  Last time I tried it out, all 5 books grabbed my interest and I couldn't decide which one to stick with. And now I'm currently reading 3...but the other 2 give me side-eyes everytime I walk past them o.O

Those are the methods I've tried to help me decide what book to read next. Which brings me back to you guys: Do you struggle to decide what to read next? Or are you a good reader who schedules books and lets the calendar decide? (-Oh, how I envy you.)  Have you ever used any of the techniques I mentioned above?  Got any new tricks I could test out?  

Let me know in the comments below :)  I'd also appreciate any feedback on my new discussion feature: do you like it? Any suggestions for future discussion topics are also welcome :)

38 comments:

  1. I'm a huge mood reader too and sometimes I don't even want to read any of my books lol. I usually try and pick one of the library books first, then review ones as a priority. But sometimes I just have to read one of my own. I usually keep on my calendar when review books have to go up but I usually get it read long before it's due. I can't read more than one book at a time unfortunately.
    Love your new feature, discussion posts are so much fun!

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    1. Sometimes I wish I wasn't so much of a mood reader. It seems so much more simple to just make a list of what needs to be read and go from there! But at the same time, you'd miss on all the moments when the perfect book draws you in at the perfect time. And that's just magic, plain and simple! Thanks so much for the feedback Kelsey^^, I appreciate it ♥

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  2. I'm definitely a mood reader, although I do often sample several books, too. My problem is I feel like I always should be reading something, so I'm always wondering what I'm going to read next. Sometimes, though, when I get into a reading slump I just need to embrace the slump; eventually, usually after a few days, I'll pick up something that grabs my interest and I fall in love with reading all over again!

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    1. Same here Jess^^ And I have the same issue: ALWAYS wondering what to read next. Sometimes I few days break really is needed to get into the groove again, I agree :) Thanks for stopping by! x

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  3. Luckily, I’m not a mood reader. I prioritize. If a book needs to be read by a certain date, that book gets priority. If I don’t have a reading deadline, I just grab whatever book happens to be on top of my TBR mountain and read that.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Oh how I envy your reading habits^^ I simply can not make myself read a book, regardless of deadlines if I'm just not feeling it at the time. It's kind of annoying >.<

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  4. Hey, congrats on your first discussion post !
    Usually, I put the review books first - especially when I'm late ! Then some /author series I follow and was avidly waiting for the next instalment/novel to be released.
    Then I've listed on an Excel sheet all the books I'm supposed to read for the next months, but if a particularly enthusiastic review comes up, I won't hesitate to change the order. Yet, this year, I've made the wish to be reasonable and read the books I already own first... I'm not sure it will completely work, lol !

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    1. Thanks doll^^
      I'm not going to lie, I'm jealous of your mad organizational skills and the fact that you can (mostly - hehe) stick to it! I've also been reading more of the books I own...but it doesn't help when you have an entire bookshelf of books to read at home. I still end up struggling to decide LOL

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  5. I'm a huge mood reader. I also go through phases, when I'll read books on a certain topic and everything else seems "meh". Like you though, I have moments where a book will just call out to me and I have to read it.

    Congrats on your first discussion post!

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    1. I know what you mean Ruby Jo^^, I go through phases too. In fact, you could say I've been in a years-long fantasy phase LOL Thank you so much! :D

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  6. This is a great discussion post. I'm the same way as well, I'm a mood reader & I so agree about destiny. Sometimes, some books call me out to read them! I usually pick out review copies first to read and then I go by my TBR list the books I actually want to read.

    Benish| Feminist Reflections

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    1. It's hard to ignore the siren song a book does when it's just begging to be picked up! I'm glad I'm not the only one who hears it LOL It's good that you're able to start out with review copies though, sometimes that can be a struggle for me too if I'm not feeling them atm.

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  7. Hmm....I'm really all over the place when it comes to selecting my next read. Sometimes I'll see a book getting a lot of buzz and will have to check it out for myself. If a highly anticipated read has just released, I'll typically drop everything for it (like the Raven Cycle and Throne of Glass books, obviously, lol). When I'm really struggling to pick out my next read, I'll just randomly grab a book from the shelf and get down to business. Lovely discussion post, Micheline- looking forward to the next one! :D

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    1. Those highly anticipated reads like Raven Cycle and Throne of Glass are impossible to resist aren't they?! Sometimes buzz will bump up an item on my tbr shelf too - like ADSOM. I love that when you struggle you can just pick up whatever and get it done though! Thanks Lee!! ♥

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  8. I am going to have to go with the Joker gif here: I have no plan. Unless it is a group read, then I seriously pick up whatever catches my eye at the moment. I am horrible at forcing books upon myself.

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    1. LOL! I can definitely relate to that^^ I can't force myself to read certain books either. Like, at all O.O

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  9. I usually do all of the above, except maybe the Sampling. I'm afraid if I do that and a particular book doesn't grab me, it will then end up on the bottom of my TBR pile. And with my TBR pile being as huge as it is, I'm afraid that book would never get read. LOL.

    I tend to do the prioritize thing a great deal, with review books always being first. But I have heard the siren song from particular books that make me drop everything so I can read it first. We're helpless against it. :-)

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    1. Oooh yeah that's a good point Shannon, I never thought of it that way! So far, it hasn't backfired on me but I could totally see that happening at some point. With the size of my tbr pile, I too worry that some of them will never get read. It's a serious concern D:

      And YES we are TOTALLY helpless against book siren songs XD Thanks for stopping by^^

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  10. I never read samples. Like, EVER. I don't know, it feels to me like DNFing, if I don't continue with the book so... but the thing is I don't buy THAT many books. Barely like 60 per year in physical copy. That's not much... right? No. aha... But it's really you guys and Goodreads that help me choose my next reads! All the hype, woah!

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    1. I didn't mean actual sample books, maybe I should have made myself more clear. I just meant that I pick up books and sample the first few chapters to see what draws me in first :) hahaha well 60 books sounds totally reasonable to me but what do I know?! Bookworm to bookworm, we might just be enabling ourselves LOL I agree though, Goodreads and fellow bloggers really do help sort things out.

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  11. Deicidng what to read next is really hard, like you I am a mood reader as well and have some sort of complicated system in place for deciding what to read. Which usually involves considering upcoming deadline books, for what I am in the mood for, checking my shelf of review books on goodreads and considering recent books I got.
    I am more likely to pick up a book received recently than long ago as those seem fresher in my mind, so I really have to force myself to consider the books have longer as well. Nowadays I read tow books at the same time, one on my ipad during breakfast and one on my Kobo during the evenings.

    I don't sample often as that means I probably put those books I didn't choose to the bottom of my to-read list in my mind as I fele like they weren't interesting. I pick a book and commit myself to readign it until i finish or DNF. Great topic!

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    1. Thanks Lola^^ It seriously is such a challenge sometimes. I also check goodreads and my shelf at home but sometimes that just makes me feel more overwhelmed about ALL THE BOOKS - too many options I guess.

      I tend to like older books even more than new ones sometimes, maybe because there's less pressure and buzz on those. And I'm a big fan of reading more than one book at once to be sure ;) And usually when I sample, it's with books I sort of already know I'll love (sequels or known authors) just so I can decided which one to go with first for the mood I'm in. Thanks for weighing in^^

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  12. So I'm totally stealing your sampling idea - that's genius!

    I'm a mood reader too so I know exactly what you mean about prioritizing not happening as often as it probably shouldn't!

    I've recently just been reading older stuff rather than upcoming stuff, and I'm definitely enjoying the lack of pressure, but being able to take my time has also slowed my reading progress down which is a bit of a negative. But I think I'm enjoying myself more so I'm not too worried about it :)

    Love the new feature!

    [Also, I love that you included an Emma Stone gift. Random fact, that woman is my hair idol - blonde, red, brown, all look awesome!]

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    1. hahaha YES^^ awesome :D

      Yup, when the mood isn't right, you just can't force yourself to follow a schedule. To me, that would mean the book is likely to get a much lower rating because I just wasn't feeling it.

      And ditto^^ I've been getting into a lot of older stuff lately too, with the exception of a few coveted new releases. I love the lack of pressure too and so far it hasn't slowed me down too much *crosses fingers*

      Thanks so much for stopping by Faith ♥

      RE - Emma Stone: RIGHT?! She can pull off ANY cut and colour and still look fabulous!

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  13. I love discussion posts. Anyone can chime in, whereas it's sometimes difficult to talk about a book you haven't read, for example, so I tend to comment more on discussion posts than reviews... :)
    I am a mood reader. I don't request/get that many review books so my choices aren't usually limited by that, but I do have a massive physical tbr pile (I buy books, my husband buys books, people give me books, I borrow books...). I tend to stand in front of it, staring at the books, and hoping something might appeal to me, but then I usually end up on Amazon, buying something "with one click" anyway. Eh.

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    1. You're right Kaja^^ Reviews are much more personal whereas discussions posts can apply to all of the bookish people :)

      I've definitely slowed down (a lot) on review book requests but like you, I have a massage physical tbr pile. I tend to stand in front of it for ever too sometimes when I can't decide what to read. Sometimes one of them grabs my attention quick enough...but other times it's torture >.< Thanks for stopping by xx

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  14. I am hopeless when it comes to figuring out what to read next, completely hopeless. I am also a huge mood reader and I have yet to come up with a successful technique on how to pick my next book. Added to that is I often can't really tell what genre I am in the mood to read so I will just aimlessly pick up books and start reading them. And it takes me a few chapters to realize if I want to read that type of book or not and if not then the cycle just repeats until I find the book I want to read. It doesn't sound like an efficient technique and its not.

    I'm jealous, you sound very organized when it comes to deciding what to read next :)

    Happy reading :D

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    1. hehe it's funny you say that Kimberly, because most of the time I feel like you: hopeless when it comes to figuring out what to read next. I think that's why I've got so many different techniques XD Genre-wise, I'm a bit easier than you since most of my books are of the fantasy persuasion LOL Thanks for weighing in hun ^^ ♥

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  15. Hehe, it's brilliant, definitely brilliant, never madness! I've been having the problem of being pulled in too many directions at once because there are about ten books that I want to read RIGHT NOW GAH!!!! So I just need to quit grad school and do nothing but read to make sure I get to them!

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    1. LOL, I like to think so too ;) That very thing^^ happened to me last time. I ended up 'sampling' the first few chapters of five books and tbh I could have continued with every.single.one. of them. I ended up dropping two, for sanity's sake but still! Yes, real life needs a pause button at least so we can dedicate more time for ALL THE BOOKS!

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  16. Nice post! I think I bounce back and forth being all of these ways. Back before I had a book blog I think I just picked up whatever book was closest because time and deadlines weren't a problem. Now that they are I tend to read by priority, putting aside books I really want to read for books I have an obligation to read :/

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    1. Thanks Alise, I appreciate the feedback ♥ Before I had a book blog, I'd take longer breaks between certain books (in the case of massive book hangovers for example) but with the blog, I don't allow myself as much down time. You're still better off than me though if you can actually give up books you want to read in favor of those you need to read. For me, that's a sure fire way to put myself into a reading slump D:

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  17. I know I speak for everyone when I say YAYYY DISCUSSION POST!! I always love reading what people have to say, even if it seems like the topic has been "done" before. Because we all have opinions even when that topic has been talked about to death.

    But anyways, I loved reading your thoughts on this. I USED to be someone who followed a calendar and prioritized, but I ended up hating it and I wasn't enjoying the books I was reading because I wasn't in the mood for them. NO MORE. Of course it helps that I no longer request review books, but I'm all about going with what feels right now. It's the best.

    I do like the idea of sampling from a group of books! Although I'm pretty sure I would have the same problem in that then I would want to read them all...

    If I could have a superpower it would be to be able to read ALL THE BOOKS in the blink of an eye. Then maybe I would make a dent in my TBR >.<

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    1. hahaha ♥ YAY! It certainly took me long enough to actually do the thing, but I'm thrilled with all the positive responses I've been getting :D Thanks so much Aylee^^ I can see how being super-prioritized would weigh you down, I know I could never do it - if I'm not in the mood for a book, regardless of priority, I'd better not read it, otherwise I'll end up unfairly harsh in my review or DNFing it altogether.

      Sampling has gotten me out of a tight spot more than once. It allows me to feel out the mood of a bunch of books I already KNOW I want to read and pick the one that better suits me at that particular time. It's only backfired that way once so far so *fingers crossed*

      And YES, I also NEED that superpower! That or you know, a Time-Turner or TARDIS would do nicely XD

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  18. I pretty much use all of these techniques except sampling. I can't manage to just read a chapter of multiple books! :-) I often read books that I NEED to read and then pepper in random books I want to read!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. That's ok Nicole, to each their own! It really is a new technique for me too and when I first tested it out, I was desperate LOL! I wish I could force myself to read what NEEDS to be read but I just can't >.<

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  19. I love discussions. I don't know how old this post is, it had been open on my phone for the longest and I was going thru today closing open browser tabs lol. But yeah I do a bit of each of those. I always read multiple at once. At lest one ebook, one print and one audio so I guess at least two or three, and whichever grabs me gets finished first.

    I am trying to let the siren call grab me more these days instead of sticking to the schedule because that way I enjoy more of what I read.

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    1. LOL^^ It's not even a month old Tabitha and even still I wouldn't mind if it were over a year old :) Yeah I pretty much *had* to let the siren call lead the way, when I tried reading by schedule too much, I ended up in a terrible reading slump o_O You definitely enjoy reading more when you read what you feel like! Thanks for weighing in xx

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