Ahh, you guys! The end is in sight. I mean, I am having a ton of fun doing this, but am always wracked with such guilt when I haven’t written up the post the night before. Alas, I went to the laundromat yesterday after work for 2 hours and it was not at all fun. Guys imagine a room of heat generating dryers with no air conditioning and 90 degree weather outside and that was my experience. Thankfully, I got to put some of my practical skills from today’s prompt into action as I had almost finished one book and needed to pick another. This post is part of a 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge that I started because I was feeling burnt out and then inspired. Check out the challenge here.
How Do You Choose What Book To Read Next?
First things first: Deadlines! If I have signed up for a tour whether it’s through the publisher or a friend’s tour group, I like to have the book read before my tour date – this is so if I am doing an interview, I can ask something more meaty than the standard where do your ideas come from? I also like to do it so I can throw in my copy of the book and entice people into checking the post out. Apparently I am not above bribery. Same priority is given to Amazon Vine books.
If I am all caught up on tour reading, I then narrow my choices down by genre. I usually do not like to read books of the same genre one after another. Like, I try not to read two fantasy books or two paranormal books in a row as that makes me weary. The exception though, is contemporary. Somehow I am okay with reading those one after another lately. Also, sometimes this totally changes, like when I was on CYBILS all I read was middle grade science fiction and fantasy one after the other for months. That was totally fine, but I needed an adult book by the end because I got a bit burned out.
Once I have my genre of choice picked out, I then usually pick something based on my friends’ reviews, if they are already reviewing certain things. Like, I totally read Wild Awake based on the very early reviews, if I had waited until now, I likely would have ignored it, because to me, when a book gets a lot of early coverage, that means it’s probably good. I know, weird logic! However, there are exceptions to this whole step in the process as well.
You see, if a book totally catches my attention and it’s OMG OMG so exciting it just came in the mail I CANNOT WAIT! Then, I usually wait, lol, a few days until I have some obligation books out of the way to read the book.
If I am really in a rut, I may turn to twitter for suggestions or I may do something out of the ordinary for me, like create a stack and say okay before I can even give other books the eye I MUST read from this stack. It’s worked out pretty well so far.
As for ebooks, basically I read those in strict order of whatever catches my eye, but also length. Shorter ones first.
When it comes to audiobooks — I choose based on a few factors. First is narrator. If I am not in the mood for a certain type of narration, then I will not read the book. Then, I pick based on review copies – so if I have a review copy that is what I will listen to, it takes priority over other books. OR if I get an audiobook on audible and let’s say I randomly got an ARC in the mail for the book, then I’ll listen to that one so that I can get rid of the ARC faster.
And that my friends is my weird WHAT BOOK DO I READ NEXT process in a nutshell.