My TBR is huge. There are so many books and so little time to read them all! Because of this I find I have a difficult time choosing which of the plethora to read next. Recently I’ve been catching up on ARC’s so it’s not as much of a problem. When I’m reading my own books or picking stuff up from the library I feel like a deer in headlights. I’ve tried reading jars where you list the names of books on slips of paper and toss them in a jar. You then randomly pick one out and presto. The problem is setting something like this up – I have to choose which books to put in the jar. I can’t possibly sit and write every single book out on slips of paper. That would take me ages and it’s a lot of valuable time wasted when I could be reading!
I’ve also tried just picking completely at random and usually finding a book I’m just not in the mood for. I’ve always been curious as to how other readers pick which books they read and when. In the end it usually ends up with me getting frustrated with myself and whichever sparkly book catches my eyes first wins. This isn’t necessarily a bad method but it’s not always the best either.
I don’t completely consider myself a mood reader in that I can read almost anything and enjoy it. That being said reading something with the same sort of basis written differently right in a row. I burn out. I have to have some space between themes. I don’t mind the cliche stories, love triangles (love v’s?), the protagonist who gets special powers and is the only one that can save the world/universe/everything. I actually enjoy these things. But it’s one of those things that complicates my choice in my next reading material. So many good books that kind of have the same underlying theme but written in all these creative ways.
How do you pick your next book? Let me know your methods even if you don’t really have one! I’m really wanting to know if I’m the only one that gets a bit glossy eyed when it’s time to reach in to the TBR and make that choice. Let me know in the comments below.