As a serial reader, I’m often jumping from book to book without pause. I wanted to share my process of deciding what to read next by showing you an example of my current reading selections and how I came across them.
My method is pretty systematic:
- Hear about a book from a friend, review, Shelf Awareness, etc.
- Put it on my Goodreads to-read list.
- Go to the library equipped with my to-read list.
Me Talk Pretty One Day has been on my to-read list for years but kept getting pushed back for other new releases. Then I recently heard a This American Life episode where Sedaris talks about living in Paris and it compelled me to prioritize this book to the top of my list. I went online and requested for the library to put it on hold for me. The library emailed me when it was ready, and all I had to do was go and pick it up.
I find good books at work everyday too. I’ve been reading and baking bread from this new book on our Spring 2014 list, Josey Baker Bread, on-sale soon. Stay tuned for my post on my bread-making adventures.
I am literally a scavenger for books. I found this galley of Cool Gray City of Love on the free give-away table at work. I’d heard of it before and instantly recognized it as gold on the table of other things of questionable value. It was like scoring a great deal at T.J. Maxx.
I keep coming back to Haruki Murakami again and again. I’m so drawn to his writing and friends have recommended that I should read Kafka on the Shore if I liked his other books.
A few months ago I was at an airport waiting for a delayed flight. I went into the bookstore to kill time and got totally sucked into the first pages of The Wolf of Wall Street. I was tempted to buy it and read it on my flight, but I already had a bag full of half-finished books with me. So I emailed myself a note that said, “Read Wolf of Wall Street,” put it on my library queue when I got home, and it was available one month later.
Ugh, my ever-expanding collection of New Yorker magazines vie with my stack of books to be read. I don’t have the heart to cancel my subscription because I fall in love with different unexpected articles in the magazine all the time. But I really don’t have the time to read through all of these. I feel guilty every time I look at them.
I’ve been working on this tome for almost two years now. Honestly, I haven’t picked it up in the last 6 months, but I swear I’m going to finish it one of these days…
Also not pictured here is my current lunch-break book I keep at my office: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. A great and witty escape from my inbox for half an hour a day. It’s my manager’s niece’s copy that she let me borrow.
I’m not a fast reader. It takes me about a month to finish every book. Mostly because I’m always reading at least 3 books simultaneously. But I’m fastidious about making time to read at least a little bit everyday. And this is how I slog through my endless and ever-growing list of books to read.
So how do you decide what to read next? What are you reading now that I should add to my list?