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 :)