Books

Selecting Next Reads

Selecting books to read, how do you do it?

My pile of unread books teeters in various places around the very small London house in which we live.  My partner sighs with exasperation at me and not a little fondness as I amass more books than I can get through.  I absolutely have the intention to read them,  but  I never have the time to get through as many as I think I should. There are also many books languishing on my kindle that I need to read too.

This can lead to me being overwhelmed by choice when I finish a book. I need to know what I should be reading next and it’s at that point that somewhat flummoxes me.  There are some immovable points in my reading schedule.  Reviews that I have agreed to write, commitments to bookclub which still leaves me with time to read and it is here that I struggle to make choices.

I manage my lists (mostly) with Good Reads. I can keep an eye on what needs to be read and but it is now at the stage where there are well over 100 books on there and there’s a fair few I’m not ever going to get around to. What I try and do is select a shortlist and then I ask my friends for recommendations.

How do you decide what to read next?

Jane Hanmer

Born in deepest darkest Shropshire. Currently living in London. A reader of books, a watcher of theatre and film, a player of board games. Intersectional Feminist Pronouns: She/her

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