Do you have commitment issues? I do.
So for today’s posts, I wanted to finally do another Chit Chat. If you did not know, Chit Chats are the more light-hearted version of my discussion posts where I discuss some bookish topics that aren’t that serious, but are still fun to talk about.
For this post I want us to chat about how we choose the next book we’re going to read. I am gonna talk a bit about how I choose my next read, and then I would love to hear from you in the comments!
I am one of those people that cannot stick to a TBR. I’ve tried on numerous occasions to plan out my reading for the month, or even for the next couple of months and it never works. That’s why I have a hard time with readathons, I set a TBR and then just don’t feel like reading said books. I really think that there are books I loved because I was just in the right mood for them, and vice versa – books I would have loved if I were in the right mood, but I wasn’t. So for me, setting a TBR doesn’t work. So when I choose my next read, it’s purely on the basis of what I am feeling like at the current moment. And that can change really quickly too, in a matter of days or hours even.
And I really miss my pre-blogging days when I had no idea what books were out there and I would just go to the library and see what looks inviting on the shelves.
The big issue for me as a mood reader is ARCs, ever since I started getting approved for them regularly. The problem is I am always in a mood to read the ARC when I request it, but by the time I get approved, I am no longer in the mood to read it. Which is why I feel like I have enjoyed so many ARCs a lot less then if I would have if I had read them when I was actually in the mood for them. So most of my TBR is determined by mood + upcoming ARCs that I need to review soon.
This is why I have been trying to cut down the number of ARCs I request, and it has been working out great, because at one point I had so many that I could ONLY read ARCs, so it was not fun.
So what comes into play when I choose my next read? Like I said, mood. For me, being in a mood means I am in a mood for a specific genre, not a specific book. So I would feel like reading Fantasy, and from there, I would look at my shelf and see what I have from the Fantasy genre and then probably try one or two books and see if I vibe with it. If yes, then I continue on with it and read it, if not I move on, sometimes to a completely different genre.
I’m also sometimes in the mood for a very specific thing – so I want to read about friendship or relationships or I want a really complex magic system, and then I choose my next read based on that.
A big thing for me is also to not read two similar books next to each other, especially if I loved the first one. I feel like if I read two Fantasy books one after the other, I get oversaturated and get slumpy, so I try to read books that are different from each other. And if I really love a book and it’s from a certain genre then the next one is very hard to live up to the same standard, so I like to switch so I don’t make too many unnecessary comparisons. One exception is my Romance reads – I tend to binge read a lot one after the other, and then not pick up a Romance novel for months.
And if I did not like my last year, chances are I am going to reread a favorite so I can cleanse my palette.
And that’s some thoughts on the specifics of my reading and choosing my next read. I would really love to hear from you – do you set TBRs? How do you choose your next read? How much planning goes into your reading? I would love to know!
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