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How do you choose your next book?
« on: May 09, 2015, 11:02:41 PM »
I have a fairly decent to-read list - roughly 60 books once unreleased ones are taken out - but I always find it really hard to choose which one to read next. Unless there's something that I've really been looking forward to it takes me ages to move on to the next book, especially if I've just finished something that I really enjoyed. Right now I want to read something, but can't bring myself to pick anything. Nothing stands out.

How do you decide what comes next?
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Re: How do you choose your next book?
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2015, 11:22:52 PM »
Recommendations/discussions on this forum have influenced my choices of late, Johnathan Strange and Mr Norell will be my next I am reading the remaining series by DJ Molles having picked the first one up in Waterstones on spec. This is gratuitous zombie porn with a highly unbelievable human antagonist and some awful editing mistakes (igniting petrol from a lit cigarette, an integral tripod rather than bipod on a rifle) but overall are good enough to see through to the end.

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Re: How do you choose your next book?
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2015, 12:05:34 AM »
New releases or recommendations... I rarely get time to "surf" a bookshop anymore :(
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Re: How do you choose your next book?
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2015, 12:10:23 AM »
Recommendations/discussions on this forum have influenced my choices of late, Johnathan Strange and Mr Norell will be my next I am reading the remaining series by DJ Molles having picked the first one up in Waterstones on spec. This is gratuitous zombie porn with a highly unbelievable human antagonist and some awful editing mistakes (igniting petrol from a lit cigarette, an integral tripod rather than bipod on a rifle) but overall are good enough to see through to the end.
Yeah, forum recommendations and discussions pushed me towards a few recently actually - Eli Monpress and Ketty Jay in particular, both of which were really good.

New releases or recommendations... I rarely get time to "surf" a bookshop anymore :(
Yeah that's mostly how I add to my to-read list, but then actually choosing something from that list is a pain.  :-\
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Re: How do you choose your next book?
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2015, 12:11:24 AM »
I often wander around, sampling different books until one really catches me.  Since I have an ungodly number of unread books, I have sufficient fodder for this waste of time and energy.
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Re: How do you choose your next book?
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2015, 12:26:32 AM »
I often wander around, sampling different books until one really catches me.  Since I have an ungodly number of unread books, I have sufficient fodder for this waste of time and energy.

I'm a bit the same when it comes to picking the next book to read - unless it's something I've been desperately waiting for  :)

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Re: How do you choose your next book?
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2015, 02:05:28 AM »
They're all on my kindle. So when I feel like starting a new one, I follow my feelings towards a folder : science? History? Sf? I browse around, remembering the blurb of each awaiting book. Then pick up the one that tickles me first.
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Re: How do you choose your next book?
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2015, 02:07:13 AM »
Well, I have over 1,000 books on my to-read list. So I just kind of go through and pick out whatever looks most interesting at the time. What I'm in the mood for frequently changes, and sometimes I don't feel like reading a book once I get to it. Then it goes back to the library.

I recently did this with Miles Cameron's The Fell Sword. I enjoyed The Red Knight, but I just wasn't in the mood for the sequel. I'll probably check it out again at some point.

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Re: How do you choose your next book?
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2015, 02:08:01 AM »
I often wander around, sampling different books until one really catches me.  Since I have an ungodly number of unread books, I have sufficient fodder for this waste of time and energy.
I'm glad it's not just me. My list is sooooo long.

I often go with forum recommendations as well as the goodreads recommendations list.

Does anyone else have this problem; you have umpteen different series you want to read, so you pick an order to read them in, read the first volume of the first series you chose, and then finding yourself already wanting to move on? Not because you didn't like it but because you just have so much?
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Re: How do you choose your next book?
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2015, 02:11:09 AM »
I often wander around, sampling different books until one really catches me.  Since I have an ungodly number of unread books, I have sufficient fodder for this waste of time and energy.
Does anyone else have this problem; you have umpteen different series you want to read, so you pick an order to read them in, read the first volume of the first series you chose, and then finding yourself already wanting to move on? Not because you didn't like it but because you just have so much?

Yeah, I have that problem. I'll often get the second in the series, but if I feel like it's giving me more of the same, I'm likely to move on to something new. Now, if I really love the first book, it's different.

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Re: How do you choose your next book?
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2015, 02:14:40 AM »
Yeah, I have that problem. I'll often get the second in the series, but if I feel like it's giving me more of the same, I'm likely to move on to something new. Now, if I really love the first book, it's different.
I always feel guilty when I do that.
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Re: How do you choose your next book?
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2015, 03:24:22 AM »
I don't have so much time to read as I used to, and I'm also a reviewer, so I usually skim the first chapter on the books I have available (I rarely if ever buy books nowadays unless ebook) and go from there. Not particularly choosy or ever find myself in "a mood" for some certain genre.

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Re: How do you choose your next book?
« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2015, 09:29:30 AM »
Even though I have a virtual 'to read' list (created from recommendations, stuff from authors I like, etc), I only usually keep a maximum of 4-5 actual books unread at home.
And then I go in order of getting them.
These have either been bought, or brought from the library, so it also depends of what's available there. I don't particularly feel the need to read anything special at a particular time, so I end up browsing a lot in the library and picking up what catches my eye, from the list (and sometimes off the list).
So it's basically a question of breaking down the big list into manageable chunks...

At the moment there are 3 books I bought waiting for me here.

I would also want to re-read some, but the allure of the new usually ends up overpowering that - still, I managed to re-read 3 trilogies last year. Dunno what will happen this time.
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Re: How do you choose your next book?
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2015, 10:38:55 AM »
I tend to have "projects" I'm working on. Lists of award-winners or Best Of lists, or an author's back-catalogue, or a field I want to explore. I also have specific challenges I am taking part in - mostly via worldswithoutend.com - and between them these all conspire to give me a good handful of books I ought to be reading next, and if nothing else is demanding my attention, I can always just pick one of those.

I know that mostly it doesn't matter very much. As soon as I get into something I'll enjoy it. The important thing is just to start something.

My other rule is that I always like to vary my intake. I almost never read series back-to-back (this also means I have scores of next-in-series books I could pick up) and I try not to read the same genre back-to-back. I'm currently reading The Copper Promise, and I want to read The Magicians for the book club, but I'll make myself read something else in between because they're both fantasy (even though they are kind of different types of fantasy, and might really be different enough already.) I'll make it something short and quick - right now I'm thinking either the next Agatha Christie (Why Didn't They Ask Evans?) or the next book in my 50s SF challenge (The Death of Grass by John Christopher) - but I still feel I want the palate-cleanser.

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Re: How do you choose your next book?
« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2015, 01:47:59 PM »
I don't really read a lot of books. Usually about one per month. Mostly I am picking things that are considered old classics of the genres I love and at this pace I'm good for the next couple of years.
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