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Title: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Raptori 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?
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Rostum 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.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: G_R_Matthews on May 10, 2015, 12:05:34 AM
New releases or recommendations... I rarely get time to "surf" a bookshop anymore :(
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Raptori 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.  :-\
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: JMack 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.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Lejays17 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  :)

Elfy often tells me to read X book next, mostly so we can chat about it.  I also ask him to read X book next, but he's much more organised with his reading lists, so it's not always the next book he picks up.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Nora 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.
Tadah! Easy!  ;D
If I don't like it, I drop it and repeat. If I love it to bits, usually I spend some time digging that author's work.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Ryan Mueller 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.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Takoren 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?
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Ryan Mueller 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.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Takoren 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.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Doctor_Chill 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.

Guess I'm just weird like that.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: ScarletBea 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.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: DrNefario 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.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Yora 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.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Kazreemo on May 11, 2015, 12:54:38 PM
If I can get away with it I avoid blurbs like the plague. No idea why. Usually I just go on recommendations. Prince Of Thorns I bought simply because Robin Hobb had a complimentary line recommendation thingy on the front.

I must confess to a certain amount of judging books by their covers.

FORGIVE ME!
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Hedin on May 11, 2015, 01:24:04 PM
I don't keep a large active backlog, at most I might have 3-4 books either from the library or that I have bought to be read at any given time (and most of the time it's less than that).  Most of what I choose to read is based on availability, what can I check out at the library or what books are at a price point I am comfortable with buying.  Lately most of what I think to look up comes from suggestions or discussions on here (which was mainly the reason why I joined the site in the first place) or Goodreads suggestions.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Geekory on May 11, 2015, 02:48:47 PM
My primary decision is based on two monthly book clubs, including the one on this site, and although I don't read every book it keeps me busy.

I also have a long wish-list of recommendations from forums, author interviews, friends, and authors I want to read more from. Then when they go on sale at Audible or kindle I buy them and that backlog is getting pretty large.

Recently I compiled a list of 19 series I started and want to finish. If I quit my job and devoted working hours to reading instead it would take me just over two months to read the next book in each series.

I usually pick based on book length and how much time I have before the next book club pick if I'm interested in it. Mood also factors as lately I trying to avoid dark and depressing to lighten up my mood.  I'm trying to mix it up between sf/f, history, science, etc. but I started reading the new Star Wars books as part of May 4th and with the movie news. That just add even more to read...
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Nora on May 11, 2015, 03:28:22 PM
It's crazy to see how some of you guys are so methodical and organised with your reading. Planning your series "to-read", starting books someone else decided on, ect!
I could never do it. Some of you are very industrious! I've remarked by now that if I read and write at the same time, I struggle to focus on either, so I've been reading non-fiction in order to avoid loosing my focus on fiction writing.

This being said, I think someone else picking my next book is the reason I never joined book clubs. Even though some of the best books I've read were forced upon me, I still hate it.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: DrNefario on May 11, 2015, 04:20:19 PM
It might sound weird, given what I wrote above, but I kind of hate having to read a specific book with a specific deadline, too. The trick is have a bit of guidance but nothing too prescriptive. If I have a specific book to read, then I won't have a deadline, and if I have a deadline, I'll try not to have a specific book. Otherwise I just start to resent being forced to do something.

That's why I only tend to do book clubs if it's already something I was thinking of reading. Otherwise I tend to prefer more flexible challenges, where I have a bit of room to change my mind, but it's not just a wide-open choice where I might get paralysed by indecision.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Lady Ty on May 12, 2015, 01:45:22 AM
My TBR is enormous, both real and in wishlists and I am not the least methodical. My choice is nearly always random and I usually have more than one book on the go at the same time. I choose according to my mood or what I am doing. I use audible a great deal for times you can't hold book or kindle.
Usually have one going in print that needs concentration eg Pat Rothfuss and others on audible that are lighter in that they easier to pick up on again eg Kevin Hearne. I always have a Terry Pratchett on hand as well, they are the ultimate enjoyment for me.

Often if I like an author or series I'll go right through whatever is available straight away. The trouble there is  reading  all of them and having to wait a year or more for the next.   I am at the point of struggling between new books and much older ones I want to re-read. This is all the F-F's fault because it tempts me with the first and reminds me of the second. ;D

Agree with all who dislike deadlines, but for economy sake try to use the library who are good about renewing online but I forget and always getting fines.

 
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: madfox11 on May 12, 2015, 01:09:07 PM
It's crazy to see how some of you guys are so methodical and organised with your reading. Planning your series "to-read", starting books someone else decided on, ect!
I could never do it.

Same here. When I am in the mood, I start browsing my wish list and recomendation lists and following link after link until I come across something I like, buy it and read it. the exception are a couple of series I follow and where I always buy the next in line, reading them immediately. Then again, once I start reading a book, chances are I finish it in a day or three with way too little sleep ;) There certainly is nothing methodical about it.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Arry on May 12, 2015, 11:17:36 PM
My books are usually selected by book club selections and release dates. But I have started making sure I read 1 book a month that is not a book club read and is not a new release (review book). Something I can pick out just for me and feel like I accomplished something in the way of getting to all the older books that just pile on to Mount TBR. I pick that book based on mood and what sounds good to me at the moment.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Elfy on May 13, 2015, 01:12:46 AM
I'm not all that disciplined really, it's just that if I start a book, I finish it. I went through a period where I seemed to be getting a lot of DNF's and I didn't like that, so now I try to finish everything I start. I can't just put a book down and leave it for ages and then pick something else up and go back to the original later. Lejays17 can do that. Where I have been disciplined this year, is in trying to reread. I'm doing it alphabetically, I'm up to the D's and about halfway through the second book of Michael De Larabeiti's Borribles omnibus. I'm not sure if I can do an E author, the only one we have in the library is Eddings, I reread The Belgariad a few years back and it's not an experience I want to repeat.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: ultamentkiller on May 13, 2015, 05:03:36 AM
My entire TBR list is floating around in my head, and I have a mostly precise way I choose. I'll start with the highest priority and go down.

1. Books in a series I'm actively following. Before diving into the newest one, I either have to reread the two latest ones, or, if it's the end of the series, start from the beginning and go all the way to the end.
2. Any Graphic Audio book that has just come out and successfully caught my eye.
3. Books that have been made into a movie or TV show that have caught my eye. I always have to read the book first, and when there's a big fuss about something, I figure I might as well go for it so I can avoid spoilers and participate in the discussions.
4. Books that have caught my eye from the descriptions. This is hard to do. I'm very good at judging, for the most part, if I'll really like a book based on the desc. Sometimes I've been proven epicly wrong, but still.
5. Highly recommended authors.

Also, if I read one series by an author and I like it, I like to go ahead and read the other stuff by that author instead of going back to him or her later. For some reason, it makes it easier.
I just spent the past five minutes trying to write an example of how the top of my TBR Queue is prioritized, but the justifications and order of things is so confusing, when I read it I couldn't understand it. But in the end, what's above is how it works.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Elfy on May 13, 2015, 05:56:43 AM
My entire TBR list is floating around in my head, and I have a mostly precise way I choose. I'll start with the highest priority and go down.

1. Books in a series I'm actively following. Before diving into the newest one, I either have to reread the two latest ones, or, if it's the end of the series, start from the beginning and go all the way to the end.
2. Any Graphic Audio book that has just come out and successfully caught my eye.
3. Books that have been made into a movie or TV show that have caught my eye. I always have to read the book first, and when there's a big fuss about something, I figure I might as well go for it so I can avoid spoilers and participate in the discussions.
4. Books that have caught my eye from the descriptions. This is hard to do. I'm very good at judging, for the most part, if I'll really like a book based on the desc. Sometimes I've been proven epicly wrong, but still.
5. Highly recommended authors.

Also, if I read one series by an author and I like it, I like to go ahead and read the other stuff by that author instead of going back to him or her later. For some reason, it makes it easier.
I just spent the past five minutes trying to write an example of how the top of my TBR Queue is prioritized, but the justifications and order of things is so confusing, when I read it I couldn't understand it. But in the end, what's above is how it works.
I'm a little like you with 3. Not so much TV shows, but I have trouble reading a book after seeing the film. I don't like knowing what's going to happen with a book. Strangely enough the reverse doesn't bother me with a film.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: ultamentkiller on May 14, 2015, 04:48:28 AM
It's not too hard to imagine why. With movies, they always cut something out or add something completely unnecessary. So it's always nice to get the original and real story, and then take the movie and see how bad they messed it up.
Of course, that doesn't always happen, but still.