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Subject: How Do You Decide What To Read?
Date Posted: 2/21/2008 3:50 PM ET
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How do you decide what to read next when you have a stack of books that are Wishlisted?

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 3:53 PM ET
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I read the one with the shortest WL so someone else doesn't beat me to it. :)

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 4:01 PM ET
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I do that sometimes too....or just whatever I'm in the mood for.  I have a whole shelf of WL books on my bookcase right now and I'm trying not to feel overwhelmed.  There's no huge rush, but I just feel like I have to read them all at once and send them off to good homes.  Oh, the stress, LOL!

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 4:26 PM ET
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I usually try to go serious, easy, serious, easy, but sometimes easy light reading can be just so addicting!

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 4:34 PM ET
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It just depends. If I'm in the mood for a specific type of book then I find a WL one of those.  If I'm not in the mood for anything in particular then I do what someone else suggested: I read one with the shortest WL or one with a fast moving WL.  If it's a book I see at Walmart and has a long WL-I'll read it and post it because I know the line will move fast and pretty soon there'll be a bunch of copies in the system. 

If I really can't focus on one book, I'll start more than one and go back and forth until one grabs my full attention.

ETA: I tend to read a few in a row of similar books. I'll go through a contemporary light faze, then maybe a thriller type faze, then maybe a historical phase etc..,

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Date Posted: 2/21/2008 4:40 PM ET
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depends on my mood, sometimes I'll try and read a WL book, other times I won't.  and since I have a HUGE TBR pile and I'm trying to avoid ordering books, I have plenty to read and don't mind stockpiling credits or waiting to get them later

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 5:00 PM ET
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Depends on my mood.  I don't pay any attention to whether the book is wishlisted or not, I have no problem finding enough wishlisted books that I don't want to read to keep the credits keep rolling in.

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 5:04 PM ET
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My TBR pile was getting out of control, and taking up most of our bookcase, which is divided into 4 sections.  So, I put all the WL-ed stuff in one section, then when I finish something, I either stick my hand in and choose something at random, or ask my husband to pick one for me (talk about judging books by their covers) :-)  How I'll ever get to the other 3 sections I'm not sure.

I have also selected books based on titles my cats showed the most interest in.  Yes, I realize their interest is likely due to the previous readers pets giving it interesting smells but, hey, it is a way to make a decision.  Mock me all you want, I'll be in the recliner reading what Sam (my avatar) selected :-)




Date Posted: 2/21/2008 5:53 PM ET
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Sometimes I peruse the WL of my buddies and see if I have one or more in the TBR pile. 

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 6:22 PM ET
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Cattriona, I have my cat choose my next read, too! I pick three books that look interesting and put them on the floor. Whichever one my kitty sniffs first is the one I start reading. :)

(first forum post!)

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 6:51 PM ET
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I have been running with an idea to read alot of wishlist books but sometimes I sneak in some unwishlisted ones too just because I want to read them. I am trying to read a fiction, a chick lit, a mystery and then a memoir or nonfiction book and then I start over again. That way I am reading a variety and don't get hung up on 1 genre. It has been working for the last few weeks but I may decide soon that I am tired of this method and find another one. 

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 8:19 PM ET
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My TBR pile is bigger than I can emotionally handle.  Knowing my personal reading abilities, every Sunday I pull 4 books off my pile.  I choose "An old one, a quick one, a deep one and a wishlist one".  Yes, some weeks all 4 end up being wishlisted books.  By narrowing down my selecting pool while I have time to think, I find that I have an easier time reading those books quickly.

Another thing I do occasionally is to go through each page of my TBR here and write down the two books that jump right out at me.  Since I have a 5 page pile, this is 10 books.  I pile them and go until they are gone.  Then I repeat.

And sometime, I close my eyes and point.

Or I tell my 6 year old to "Go get Mommy a book"

Or I grab the 5 thinnest books on the shelf and see how quickly I can read them.

And I keep the next book in a series that I want to read but am not jumping to read in my purse for those emergencies where I finish the book of the day before I have a chance to restock.

I also keep a book that is first in a series in my car for those times when my emergency purse book gets finished too.  (Yes, I have had a day where I left the house at 7 am and got home a 7 pm and finished my book of the day, the emergency purse book AND the emergency car book, plus the random book that I found under the seat in the car.  I was sick and spent most of the day in waiting rooms then picked up my child and played the sports activity waiting game as well).

Mostly, I have enough credits that I'm not worried about the number of wishlist books I'm mailing, but I worry about maintaining a one book off the pile for every book that goes on.  Which is not easy when you are dealing with a massive influx of wishlist books because everyone else is reading wishlist books.  :)


Date Posted: 2/21/2008 8:33 PM ET
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Heh, "emergency purse book" -- I love it!  Now men know the real reason why we need big bags -- for our emergency books :-)