Berls’s 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Day Ten

July 19, 2013 Challenges & Readathons 5

Picking up where we left off, here’s day ten in the 15 Day Blogger challenge. It’s hosted by “Good Books, Good Wine,” if you’d like to check it out.

Day 10:   How do you choose what book to read next?
Ridiculous as it may seem, picking the next book to read (or series to start) is a complicated series of thoughts for me. It is not a simple task, since I have so many books I want to read! And now that I’ve taken the time to really think about it and write it out, I realize I may be a little OCD when picking out a new book. Maybe I need to relax a little?

A few factors weigh in when it’s time for me to pick a new book, most relating back to earlier posts I’ve made in this challenge. This list is pretty much my the steps (in order) in my thought process:

– I’m a series reader, so unless I’m bored with a series, I tend to move through them until no books are left.

– Once I finish/get up-to-date with a series, I go to my TBR (to be read) shelves, which are heavily stocked through recommendations and friend/blogger reviews. From my TBR I ask:

        1st – Do I have any NetGalleys/ARCs to read? If yes and there is only one, go to 8th question. If yes and there are several, go to 5th question. If no, go to 2nd question.
        2nd – Are there any series that have new releases coming soon, but not so soon that I won’t be ready when the book comes out? I’m behind on most series, but I try to jump in and enjoy the hype a new book in a favorite series inspires when I can. If yes go to 3rd question. If no, go to 4th question.
        3rd – Do I own any copies or can I easily get copies of the books in those series from the library? If yes for only one series, go to  8th question. If yes for multiple series, go to 5th question.
        4th – Which of my free Kindle books/series have been sitting unread the longest? Pick 5 and go to 5th question.
        5th – Is one of the books/series written by a favorite author (or read by a favorite narrator)? If yes, go to 8th question. If no go to 6th question.
        6th – Is one of the series more highly recommended than the others? If yes, go to 8th question. If no go to 7th question.
        7th – Which story appeals to me most? Pick it and go to 8th question.
        8th – This is the book/series you’ve selected. Are you excited to read it? If yes, stop and start reading! If no, start questions over without this book or series in consideration.

I get in reading moods and if I find myself reading a book that doesn’t fit it, I can easily get into a real slump. To avoid that as much as possible I get a little neurotic picking out my next read.

How do you pick the next book you’re going to read?
Is your method anything like mine?


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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

5 Responses to “Berls’s 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Day Ten”

  1. Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

    I used to plow through a series just like you…until I discovered NetGalley! It’s bordering epic size so it’s my focus these days. The good news is I’ve made great choices so I’m enjoying the books. I just need to leave some room for my other series that are begging for my return.

    I also pay attention to mood and will select based on what I think my appetite is growling for.

    • Berls

      How do you pick what you’re going to read on NetGalley? I’m fairly new to it and I find trying to pick a book there so overwhelming! I picked one recently and I’m reading it now, but it took me forever to pick just one book!

  2. Sydney

    I use a similar method, although if I feel really lazy, sometimes I just go on feeling, which is weird since also I can be a little OC about a lot of things.

    • Berls

      It can be so exhausting to go through this process, so I can see why you’d go on feeling! I wish I could, but I get stuck just staring at the 100s of books; I just get too overwhelmed if I try to ditch my system! I tend to be OC when it comes to order and lists more than anything else.

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