There is nothing — NOTHING! — like picking up a new book to read. Whether it’s a book you own, a book you got from the library, or a book you’re borrowing from a friend, it’s always a great feeling to open up a book and dive into a new world.
But how do you go about choosing your next great read?
I am a HUGE mood reader — I don’t usually just pick up a random book and start reading. Normally, I ask myself what I’m in the mood for, whether it be romance, fantasy, horror, vampires, a contemporary book, or a book from a series. Do I feel like something long? Something short? Should I read a physical book — or something that’s on my ereader? There are so many things to consider when it comes to reading my next book!
Lately, I’ve been trying to just pick something up and read it. This is the great thing about my Book Hoarder’s Selection feature. I generally make up my posts MONTHS in advance, so when a book comes up on a Friday, I’m forced to read it (note: I’m just a little behind, but I’m working on catching up!). When this happens, I’ve been just picking up the book, opening it to the first page, and READING. I don’t read the synopsis or any reviews, I just dive in.
But sometimes I can actually sit back and really think about what I want to read next. Sometimes I want to stay in my comfort zone and read a book by a favourite author, and other times I want to finally complete that series that’s been on my back — or even read another book in a series so it feels like I’m making progress. Some series I have on my shelf have so many books already released in them that I wonder if I’ll ever catch up! This can lead to major anxiety when I’m picking out a book. The hard thing is when I own multiple books in that series — will I even like the first book to continue reading?
Then there’s the book itself. Sometimes I’m just not in the mood for a HUGE clunker, but if I can get that book in ebook format, I may give it a go. There’s something to be said about a 1,000 page book that I can read on my ereader. My arms like that. And I’m less likely to wake myself up when I’m reading at night and drop my book on the floor (a word of warning, though — be sure to have plenty of protection on your ereader if this happens! My Kobo is safe, but my iPad is not.).
In most circumstances, when it comes to picking a book off my shelf, I can feel very stressed. I have so many unread books that it’s overwhelming sometimes to pick JUST ONE BOOK to read. If I don’t have anything on the go, I want to read them all! This is where mood reading comes in handy. If I’m not in the mood for a series book, but want a lighter YA, for example, my options can go way down. Of course, if I have no idea what I want to read, you can usually find my shaking in the corner of my home library.
Just like reading that book in bed, I have to think about where I’m reading a certain book. If I’m going to be spending a lot of time in the car, for example, I’ll opt for an audiobook and maybe start a shorter contemporary read for the time I have to read where I’m not travelling. Or, if I’m at home for most of the week, I may choose a few larger books to finish — maybe a few books in a series.
The great thing about reading is that we have ENDLESS CHOICES. I mean, bookstores have TONS of books we can buy, there are so many ebook retailers, libraries have ebook options these days (for those snowy Canadian winters when you can’t get to the library for a physical book!), and with a click of a button, you can have books shipped directly to your home. The options can go on and on! This is why it can be so hard to choose a book to read.
In the end, I may not have a perfect system, but I’m glad that I don’t stress (too much) about what I want to read. I’m just happy to have this love of reading and that urge to always have a book on me — or multiple books, if that’s the case.
What is your approach to picking up a new book? Are you a mood reader?