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Subject: How do you ....
Date Posted: 5/17/2010 10:12 PM ET
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You have just finished a book and now it is time to decide what to read next.  I know sometimes if I really loved the book and it is part of a series I will read the next one, but sometimes that is not the case.  Do you look on your TBR pile and see what books are in high demand or do you just read whatever you are in the mood to read.  I have told several other members on here that I have a book and when I read I will be glad to ship it to them but I cannot promise when that will be.  I just don't want to obligate to send someone a book in a certain time frame just in case I start the book and see it is not what I am in the mood for.  I really like to read for the joy of reading and that just sucks the joy right out of it.  I am in the minority here?  Or does someone one here have (for lack of a better word) a system that they use?  Just wondering!!!!!

Date Posted: 5/17/2010 10:27 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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I often follow an erotica book by a YA book.   And the other way around.  A romance following action.  I used to get the ones that were high on WLs.  Now I'm more for my mood or a shift from the last book.

I'm also much more willing to DNF a book now that I have PBS.  Before I kept slogging through.  Had to get my book's worth.  Now I'll post ones if I can't get past the second chapter.

Date Posted: 5/17/2010 11:02 PM ET
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I usually do the same thing. I alternate between YA, mystery, horror, romance, erotica. If its part of a series though, most of the time I read the whole series before moving on.

Date Posted: 5/18/2010 2:26 AM ET
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i have a system.  i actually had to spell it out for myself at one point, so i'll share it.  yes, i'm nuts.  ;)

i pick out about 20 books up front to read each month (my mini-TBR), which is about my normal reading, though i may do a little switching in and out if library/borrowed books come in, or i have to pick something different for swap games.  then hopefully i have a little room left over at the end of the month for something i'm really wanting to read.  it's about half romance and half sf&f usually (though this month i'm about 2/3 sf&f), almost all paranormal.  then i alternate romance & sf&f.  erotica gets grouped in with romance, and occasionally i'll throw some mystery on the pile too.  i try to group books by the same author into the same calendar month if i have more than one of theirs on TBR.

within that setup, i try do to do some from each of  these categories from my overall TBR (especially the first two) so i don't always just read the newest books first:

  1. library/borrowed books
  2. books commited to games
  3. at least 2 new authors
  4. HB or trade author
  5. oldest books - no sticker, or in first 25-30 in TBR list
  6. some regular (non-paranormal) sf&f
  7. at least 1 YA if possible

i figured out a while ago i no longer like to read whole series in a row, so i'll generally try not to choose more than 4 books from the same author for the same month, as then i can just read one book a week from them.  [though occasionally i come across a new series where i want to know what happens next *now*.]

this month i've had more library/borrowed than usual, and i kind of forgot the 'oldest books' part, but i've been majorly slacking off on the new authors the last couple of months so i'm trying to get more of those done in May.

Date Posted: 5/18/2010 10:47 AM ET
Member Since: 4/15/2008
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When I first joined PBS I tried to read highly WLed Books.  Then I did the Paranormal 999 challenge last year and I chose books to read to fill that list.  Now I read whatever suits my mood at the time.  At the moment it's humorous light YA.  I started reading Mari Mancusi's Blood Coven series and it's suiting my current mood perfectly!

Date Posted: 5/18/2010 11:03 AM ET
Member Since: 5/4/2008
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I just read whatever I am in the mood for at the moment.

Date Posted: 5/18/2010 12:17 PM ET
Member Since: 5/21/2008
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No system, just look through by TBR pile and grab what I think will hit the spot.

Subject: How do you . . . .
Date Posted: 5/18/2010 1:05 PM ET
Member Since: 3/1/2010
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I don't use a system either.  Just go through my TBR and read what I'm in the mood for.  Unless I just finished a book by a favorite author like Christine Feehan, JR Ward, Gena Showalter, . . ...  too many favorite authors to name. lol

Date Posted: 5/18/2010 6:34 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2010
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I have found that I have to be in the mood for the book.  Before I joined PBS I ordered the books I wanted and would focus on a series, getting them all and reading from first to what was current. Then getting and reading the books for each series when released.  If I didn't want to read them or found a book elsewhere and wanted to read it, they went to my TBR pile,

Now with PBS and doing the challenge, I was trying to read the books for the challenge and also read books of new series I wanted to try.  Which meant that those that were WL books I felt pressured to read.  Which in turn kept me from enjoying them.

So, I have set them aside, and am back to reading what appeals to me.  If I want to read from my TBR pile, I pick out what catches my eye, if I want to re-read a book from a series, or the whole series, I do so.  I do plan on reading the WL books that I have, its  just now I don't want the "I HAVE TO READ IT BY TOMORROW " aspect that I have felt.  I am not going to let myself feel I have to read them by such and such date.   I want to enjoy them and really decide if I want to buy the series.

So, if I want to read a book that isn't from a WL book I can go ahead and read it.  If there isn't anything that really grabs me, I am picking up one of them and reading it so I can repost it.

Hope that helps.

Janette

Date Posted: 5/19/2010 7:49 PM ET
Member Since: 12/4/2005
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Generally I read what I'm in the mood to read--love my paranormals but sometimes have to break it up with contemp or historical.   I don't look to read heavily WL'd books but if I bought a new release w/ a short WL, I will try to read and post quickly since the WList is short meaning it may just end up sitting on my bookshelf rather than earn me a quick credit:lol:   

I've also chosen books after getting a request from my shelf and taking a look through the requestor's WL to see if I have anything else I can post to them to save postage and clear space.