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message 1: by Eva (new)

Eva I wonder how people decide what to read next? So many books, so little time! Do you keep a list? Do you get ideas from Goodreads and follow through on them? Do you read with a book club? Do you alternate classics with contemporary works? (That's what I do.) Do you ever try to read everything a particular author wrote?


Ralph Gallagher | 64 comments I usually read books either recommended to me or ones I've found on here. If I'm being told 100x to read a book, I'll put it higher on my list. Someones I'll just goto a random number generator and pick a book of my list with it. If I read a new author and fall in love with them, I'll read a bunch of their books. I did that with Tamora Pierce, after I read Terrier I couldn't put her books down.


message 3: by Eva (new)

Eva Ralph wrote: "I usually read books either recommended to me or ones I've found on here. If I'm being told 100x to read a book, I'll put it higher on my list. Someones I'll just goto a random number generator and..."

I love the random number generator way of choosing! It seems so fair minded, equitable somehow, and also full of surprises. I usually DON'T like to read the book du jour, the one everybody's talking about. Maybe I"m just contrarian by nature, but I think there are so many wonderful books that don't get the buzz, and I like to discover those rare treasures. So -- where do you get a random number generator? I've always wanted one, truthfully.



Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews (silversreviews) I usually find books on here or other sites or read the ones recommended by my book clubs.




Ralph Gallagher | 64 comments Eva wrote: "Ralph wrote: "I usually read books either recommended to me or ones I've found on here. If I'm being told 100x to read a book, I'll put it higher on my list. Someones I'll just goto a random number..."

I usually use http://www.random.org/ Just put in the number of books on your to-read shelf and have it choose a number. =)


message 6: by Eva (new)

Eva Ralph wrote: "Eva wrote: "Ralph wrote: "I usually read books either recommended to me or ones I've found on here. If I'm being told 100x to read a book, I'll put it higher on my list. Someones I'll just goto a r..."

Thank you!




message 7: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (wildcherry) If I start a series I try to read all the books in that series first then move on to something else. I'm having a hard time keeping with the book I'm on now though. i read about 30-40 pages and put it down. It's just no keeping my interest...


Ralph Gallagher | 64 comments Stephanie wrote: "If I start a series I try to read all the books in that series first then move on to something else. I'm having a hard time keeping with the book I'm on now though. i read about 30-40 pages and put..."

I try and do that too except for long series. After a while I get sick of an author and need a break so I move on to something else and come back to them.


message 9: by Dalene (new)

Dalene Stephanie wrote: "If I start a series I try to read all the books in that series first then move on to something else. I'm having a hard time keeping with the book I'm on now though. i read about 30-40 pages and put..."

I find when I am having a hard time continuing with the book I have, I will read more than one book at a time. This helps with those books you want to read, but just have a harder time getting through.


message 10: by Lori, Super Mod (new)

Lori (tnbbc) | 10123 comments Mod
Its a little bit of everything for me.
Friend recommendations, goodreads lists, reviews on here, walking the bookstore shelves, great finds at the book sales......


message 11: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (wildcherry) Thanks for the help! I do have a few other books I may start reading one of those and come back later to the Vampire Academy.


message 12: by Edith (new)

Edith | 256 comments I'm also in the "little bit of everything" club. I've been getting a lot of great suggestions here so that's how I've been picking my books. I'm trying to be better with money and since I live within walking distance from the library I'm using the Hold Queue to decide what I read next. Plus I have a ton already on my bookcases at home that need to be read.


message 13: by Diane (last edited Jul 14, 2009 08:22AM) (new)

Diane  (dianedj) I belong to a bookclub, so one book per month is always the group selection; as for my own choosing, I have so many books at home that are unread I browse the shelves and see what strikes my mood or I'll join in TNBBC monthly selection.


message 14: by Dree (new)

Dree I have a long-running queue at the library. Generally I just read things as they come in. I add books to my queue through finding books on here, the SUnday paper, what friends are reading/recommending, etc etc. I freak out when too many books come at once. My "too read" list here is a mix of things in my queue and things not in my queue yet (sometimes the library doesn't have them yet) that sound interesting and I don't want to forget about.

If I have a lull in my queue, I walk the stacks at the library. The "popular fiction" shelf, which is small and all paperback, is my favorite, but I also pull stuff off the NEW! and literature shelves, or biography/memoirs. Or YA. Whatever :) Sometimes I will even read a book I own, but I really don't buy books for myself any more (and haven't for 10 years!).


message 15: by Diane (new)

Diane  (dianedj) Dree wrote: "I have a long-running queue at the library. Generally I just read things as they come in. I add books to my queue through finding books on here, the SUnday paper, what friends are reading/recommend..."

hi Dree- you haven't bought a book in 10 years? And if you're like me, I'll bet you still have a bunch you own that you've not read, yet! LOL


message 16: by Marci (new)

Marci (iread49) | 215 comments I have my piles of unread books that I bought after reading reviews from several sources... Goodreads, Literary Guild or Doubleday, Powells,Harpers Perennial, trolling B&N, reviews in Phila. Inquirer, Time magazine etc... after I finished my book I immediately go to my piles pick 5 or 6 . Then I sit down review the book jacket and read the 1st few paragraphs of each book to see which book hits me the most at the time. So i may read one which I have had for awhile or one that I just bought...


message 17: by Susanna (new)

Susanna (jb_slasher) I have a few resources where I get a list of books from and when I finish one book from the list, I get the next book on the list. OCD for life :)


message 18: by El (new)

El Cynthia's reading challenges have encouraged me to find books I might not otherwise read or have never heard of. Because I'm mostly nerd one of my great joys in life is going to the library every week and finding books to fit in the challenge. A lot of them I find just by perusing the shelves and looking at random titles or authors.

I also follow a few lists (1,001 Books to Read Before You Die; Modern Library Top 100; Art Garfunkel's website, etc.) and try to grab books off of them as well.


message 19: by Dree (new)

Dree Diane,
Just about the only book I have bought was a friend's first novel. And people do give me books as gifts. And, yes, I have tons I haven't read! And dh keeps buying books--mostly (entirely?) nonfiction.


Diane D wrote: "Dree wrote: "I have a long-running queue at the library. Generally I just read things as they come in. I add books to my queue through finding books on here, the SUnday paper, what friends are read..."




message 20: by Susan C (new)

Susan C (somersetpurplegmailcom) I take a few off my shelevs, read a couple of pages,and see which one interests me right then.


message 21: by Lori, Super Mod (new)

Lori (tnbbc) | 10123 comments Mod
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/5...

Here is an older thread covering the same topic.
Just so you can see others answers as well.


message 22: by Taejas (new)

Taejas Kudva (kudvat) | 77 comments I make piles. Top of the pile is the next book. I fiddle with the pile order so frequently (new books, random memory/comment from friend, a TV show or movie that changes my mood for genre, etc.) that I've yet to actually read down the stack! All that really happens is that I end up with multiple piles....

The school pile. The bathroom pile. The couch pile. The car pile (for red lights).


message 23: by Susan C (new)

Susan C (somersetpurplegmailcom) Funny piles!


message 24: by Tammy AZ (new)

Tammy AZ (tammyaz) Taejas wrote: "I make piles. Top of the pile is the next book. I fiddle with the pile order so frequently (new books, random memory/comment from friend, a TV show or movie that changes my mood for genre, etc.) th..."

OMG someone else does the same thing as me. I have stacks of books under my desk at work, three different ones by my bed - a YA pile in preparation for a YA librarian class, a Summer Challenge pile, and a pile of books that somehow develops over time as I near the end of a book I'm reading I usually pull out the next book I think I want to read but inevitably a different book somehow becomes my next book & the bedside pile continues to grow.


message 25: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Scutt (morgannac64) Recommendations from readers, amazon based on passed readings, and favourite authors.

I very rarely read the back cover anymore because I want surprises.


message 26: by Gracee (new)

Gracee  | 99 comments Eva wrote: "I wonder how people decide what to read next? So many books, so little time! Do you keep a list? Do you get ideas from Goodreads and follow through on them? Do you read with a book club? Do yo..."

usually my "borrowed from a friend" or library books are the first that are read. :)



message 27: by Petra X (new)

Petra X (petra-x) I change my mind all the time. Recently I have been on three month or so binge of fiction (I don't normally read a lot of fiction) and had just started Penelope Fitgerald's At Freddie's but then I read Looking for Schindler and was hooked, so now I'm on another holocaust book, Children of the Flames Dr. Josef Mengele and the Untold Story of the Twins of Auschwitz. I guess I don't really have any method at all to choosing my next book.


message 28: by GracieKat (new)

GracieKat | 864 comments When I went shopping for a new purse the store detective asked what I was doing. I had taken a book off the shelf to see if a book would fit in the purse (any purse I have has to have room for a book). He thought I was trying to steal it! It was so embarassing!


message 29: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Scutt (morgannac64) Grace wrote: "When I went shopping for a new purse the store detective asked what I was doing. I had taken a book off the shelf to see if a book would fit in the purse (any purse I have has to have room for a bo..."

I do that as well and though I've been asked why it was never security. :-D


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (susannag) | 1736 comments I wander around, looking for something interesting. (Applies equally to the book store and the house!)


message 31: by Suesaroo (new)

Suesaroo | 16 comments I look at what other people are reading and read the book reviews in Time and the NY times. I also like to see what my favorite authors are reading.


message 32: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Scutt (morgannac64) One time I decided to check out what my favourite character was reading. In this case it was Anita Blake reading Sharon Shinn. I found the Archangel series. Amazing!!


message 33: by Rita (new)

Rita Susanna wrote: "I wander around, looking for something interesting. (Applies equally to the book store and the house!)"

I do this too Susanna. Now I've been trying to pick a book from one of my various piles and then alternate the piles.


message 34: by Jo (new)

Jo While im reading a book i will think of what i want to read next but by the time ive read the book ive changed my mind. If a book is really good then i will look into other books by that author and try and read more or try and find books of a similar theme


message 35: by Bluemoon (new)

Bluemoon (bluemoon286) I have been trying to save money as well so I have been going to the library more often. I get lost in the stacks looking for books. Sometimes I am looking for a specific book but if they don't have it in I just peruse the titles until I find something interesting. My TBR shelf is a little bit of reccomendations, books that other people on goodreads are reading that sound interesting and I also belong to a book club (one book a month).


message 36: by Robin (new)

Robin (rangelo43) | 23 comments I usually get ideas from the Time's Book review,friends.. and this site has been helpful as well. I also alternate between classics and contemporary authors. Sometimes, however, I may develope an interest in a topic and start reading several books related to it. A while back I became intrigued by Mormon ideolgy and now, after reading The Concubine, I have become more interested in Tudor England and just got some books from ebay...can't wait to get them. I try to find deals because I love the books themselves.. the smell, the way they feel- and I see my collection as part of my past- like looking through a photo album. That's why the library doesn't work for me. silly, huh? Aren't you glad you asked...lol.


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