Something curious happened to me the other day. I had the urge to pick up a new book to read. I’ve been reading What Mothers Do extreeeeeeeeeeeeemly slowly, and of course been listening to audiobooks when the mood strikes, but it’s been a long time since I looked at my shelf and had no idea what I wanted to read next.
You see, before I kicked the reading challenge addiction, I always had a long list of books that I needed to read next. And if not for reading challenges then for book club. Or readalongs. Or for college. In the past several years it’s been rare for me to have no idea what to read next. Ok, this is a slight exaggeration as it’s been a good year since I dropped challenges.
But as I stared at over 600 spines, including the books I’ve already read and the books I know I’ll never read, I had no idea what to pick up. SO many books I want to read, but I felt lost. I knew I was in the mood for something, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what that something was. Something that I could…get lost in. A book that would wrap me up and hold me tight and never let me go (doesn’t that sound amazing?). I finally settled on Affinity by Sarah Waters.
I’ve completely forgotten that once upon a time I was an innocent reader. One who wasn’t influenced by this thing called book blogging. And this is definitely another post topic for another day, but I wondered if I was alone. Do you ever stare at your shelf and have no idea what to read next? What makes you pick the particular book you did? Is it based on mood or someone else just read it and loved it or because you need to read it for a challenge or publisher?
Tell me–How do you decide what to read next?
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Looking Forward to Next Week
I’m debating on entering the Chronicle Books Happy Haulidays contest. Guess it depends on how much free time I have to make a list! Tomorrow I’ll post a short blip on the public/privacy issue. And Thursday I’ll be talking about Traditions for the Holiday Advent Tour.
Have you all recovered from the Turkey? Whether you celebrated Thanksgiving this weekend or not, I hope you had a wonderful weekend. What’s on your agenda for the day?