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Title: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Alex Hormann on August 18, 2018, 07:03:50 PM
I think it's happened to all of us at some point: You've looked at the tbr stack and nothing jumps out at you. So, how do you decide what to read?

Recently (past two years) I've developed a random system to shake things up a bit. Stacking each book alphabetically by author, I assign each book/series a number. Then I roll dice to see which one I'll read next.

I expect I'm the only one who does this, but it's really helped me conquer Mount tbr. Any other ways people choose?
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: ScarletBea on August 18, 2018, 10:03:33 PM
ooohh I don't know....
Normally one does jump at me when I'm looking at the tbr stack, or if not, I end up going to the library and browsing through the SFF shelves until one does, hehe

Your system is far too random for me, it might lead to DNFs because they're not the right books for my mood...
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: NedMarcus on August 19, 2018, 02:48:41 AM
Normally I just know, but if I don't I click on the first unread novel I see and begin that.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Elfy on August 19, 2018, 05:08:52 AM
I don't have a system. I generally read 3 books at a time. 2 new ones and 1 that that's been on the TBR pile for a long time (years in some cases). The 3rd one I go alphabetically, I'm currently up to the letter S. The other two and I tend to pick up whatever's on top of a pile (we have actual piles), although I try not to have 2 similar in genre. At present the genres are biography (Jimmy Page), a fantasy satire (Jasper Fforde's Early Riser) and epic fantasy (Rise of Empire by Michael Sullivan)
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: cupiscent on August 19, 2018, 06:53:13 AM
I've talked about my profoundly unnatural TBR method before, but to reiterate: I add things to the bottom of my to-read list on GoodReads, and when it gets to the top, I read it. (Sometimes I might read #2 or #3 on the list if I'm really not feeling #1 right now, but basically that's how it goes. Every now and then when a book gets to the top of the list, I look at it and don't think it looks interesting any more, so I remove it without reading.) My to-read list is 303 books long, but in terms of effective list (i.e. books available from libraries or that I have bought or intend to buy) it's only about 130-odd long.

At the moment I'm on a small hiatus from that because my physical pile of books to read became a little too hefty, so I'm knocking that lot off before I return to regular mode.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Eclipse on August 19, 2018, 07:39:53 AM
I try to finish series I’ve started off with.

I now try to read the oldest book with a publication year with the story finished as that means I no longer have to wait years for the next book to come out and forget what I’ve read, Unless something really jumps up at me.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Not Lu on August 19, 2018, 05:45:50 PM
I've talked about my profoundly unnatural TBR method before, but to reiterate: I add things to the bottom of my to-read list on GoodReads, and when it gets to the top, I read it. (Sometimes I might read #2 or #3 on the list if I'm really not feeling #1 right now, but basically that's how it goes. Every now and then when a book gets to the top of the list, I look at it and don't think it looks interesting any more, so I remove it without reading.) My to-read list is 303 books long, but in terms of effective list (i.e. books available from libraries or that I have bought or intend to buy) it's only about 130-odd long.

At the moment I'm on a small hiatus from that because my physical pile of books to read became a little too hefty, so I'm knocking that lot off before I return to regular mode.

This is exactly how I pick which shirt and shorts to wear. Everything goes in the closet on the right (the back of the line/queue). I wear the first thing on the left (and sometimes I might wear #2 or #3 if I'm not feeling #1 right now).
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Alex Hormann on August 19, 2018, 07:52:29 PM
I knew I was special.  :P

There's a few authors who I read straight away (like Sanderson), but I can't imagine waiting until the mood strikes me to read all my books.  I don't think I'd ever get through my tbr like that.

Though I will say, I do try and shift genre if all I've been reading for a while is Space Opera, for example.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: S. K. Inkslinger on August 22, 2018, 02:41:21 PM
Look at cover. Look at Goodreads. Look at content. Look back here on the FF forums. If I didn't have a clue by then I just went in randomly.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Slaykomimi on August 23, 2018, 09:28:38 AM
I randomly pick some book and read the first chapter, back than I was like "omg that title sounds so cool as well as the short description, I need to". Now I am like, they all sound the same to me so I really need to read at least the first chapter and decide if I want to go on or not.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Rostum on August 23, 2018, 02:50:26 PM
By picking up what I want to read either online or from my TBR Simples.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Alex Hormann on August 25, 2018, 08:41:51 PM
By picking up what I want to read either online or from my TBR Simples.

But how do you choose which tbr book to read?


At this point I fear I'm overcomplicating things a little.  :-[
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Rostum on August 26, 2018, 12:05:16 PM
I look at the titles and choose a book that appeals at the time. Sometimes it may be the next in a series sometimes it may be random
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Peat on September 02, 2018, 09:20:48 PM
I fast for 24 hours before undergoing a deep meditative state in which the spirit of Odin advises me.


But when I can't be arsed with that, I just pick up the first thing to catch my eye and read it until it either catches or I get bored.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Lanko on September 12, 2018, 06:06:18 PM
Pure randomness.

Most of the time the TBR has no effect on me. Most of the time is some random new book that catches my interest in the exact moment I want to read something or had just finished a book.
Meanwhile, the vast majority of what's added to the TBR list is when I'm already reading something, and unless it's some major title from some major author from a series I'm a major fan/had been eagerly awaiting, it just gets added and most of the time remains in the TBR closet accumulating dust.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: J.R. Darewood on September 13, 2018, 01:59:57 AM
Randomly, with as little logic and as much meandering as possible
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Alex on February 13, 2019, 11:21:15 AM
Randomly, with as little logic and as much meandering as possible

Ditto.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Skip on February 13, 2019, 06:28:27 PM
I have a list. Started it years ago by scraping other lists off the Net. Top 50 SF. Best 100 novels of all time. That sort of thing. Compiled a big ol' spreadsheet, cut out the ones I'd already read, trimmed off a few I knew I wasn't going to read because I knew I didn't like the author, or whatnot. Completely arbitrary. This still left a couple hundred books--more books than I have years.

I will still be taken in by a new book here and there. The Expanse currently has my attention, for example, and it's not even on that list. But whenever I'm looking for a book, or am feeling down because the last few books have been crap (thank you Mr Sturgeon), I'll go back to the spreadsheet and pull something out. It's had me read people I'd never have read otherwise--John Fowles, Truman Capote, John Updike. Gets me out into other fields. Some I liked, some I didn't, and a few blew my socks off and made the whole list worthwhile.

There's one other benefit worth mentioning. A person gets to a point in life when birthday and Christmas presents are a chore. Not buying for others, but helping them buy for you. What do you want for your birthday, Dad? It's not fair to say I don't know or it doesn't matter. They want the gift to mean something.

So I share that spreadsheet. If you're stuck for something to buy, I tell friends-and-relatives, just grab any old thing from the spreadsheet (I remove books as I've read them). Inscribe it with name and year, and with any message or none at all. I now have a couple shelves of books from my children. It's nice.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Bender on April 30, 2019, 11:55:28 PM
My mood. Sometimes I feel like lighter read or a different genre.
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: isos81 on June 07, 2019, 12:00:37 PM
I choose the candidates based on my tastes and then create a poll in this forum :)
Title: Re: How do you choose your next book?
Post by: Rostum on June 21, 2019, 07:21:36 PM
I cast the enchanted monkey bones or divine my next read from the entrails of a chicken.