How To Decide Your Next Read

Choosing what book you should read next is not easy.

Sometimes you have to be in a certain mood to read a book. Other times you have your next book all picked out but then you go to the bookstore and end up finding something else. There are times you look at the millions of books on your shelves at home you haven’t read, yet you decide to go to the bookstore or library to find something new.

So, how do you typically decide what book you should read next out of all the books you currently own?

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Ask a friend to pick one for you.

If you’re really unsure of what book you should read next, ask a friend or family member to pick one out for you. Tell them to explore your bookshelf and have them pick one at random. No cheating, either. You have to read whatever they pick out.

Play book bingo or another reading challenge.

Book bingo and other reading challenges are great because they get you to zero in on books you already have. I’m sure you have plenty of unread books with blue covers that you can read and check off a bingo square.

Pick a number out of a hat.

This one may be a bit tedious, but you can count how many books there are on your shelf and then pick a number out of a hat. Then count down which book is that number on your shelf and read that next.

Pick a book out of a hat.

Do the same thing above, but write down the titles and/or authors of books you haven’t read yet.

Read your unread books in alphabetical order.

Start with the letter A and work your way down your TBR pile in alphabetical order. The letters will do the choosing for you.

Reread a book you love.

It’s not exactly reading something new, but if you’re in a slump or just don’t know what to read next, reading an old favorite it sometimes the way to go.

How do you typically pick out your next read? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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24 thoughts on “How To Decide Your Next Read

  1. I choose something completely different from the previous novel. Just read a crime thriller in modern New York? I look through the books on my Kindle and pick an historic romance set in England.

  2. I haven’t done a book bingo, but that sounds fun.

    Right now I’m reading my way through the books in my house I haven’t read. I also listen to a couple podcasts that discuss books and so I am reading based on those as well.

    • Book bingo is a lot of fun. I’ve done a couple but have never made bingo… lol.

      I have to read through the books I own and haven’t read yet too. The list just keeps growing. What podcasts do you listen to?

  3. My mom ALMOST does the ABC thing — with exceptions for books in a series, in which she’ll also read the rest of the series.

    She’s got a book-exchange with her sister, so she doesn’t always know what she’s getting into when she starts!

    • Yeah, you can’t really let a series hanging if you’re into it, lol.

      That’s cool about the book exchange. I’ve always wanted to do something like that. The “blind dates” with books or something like that.

  4. If I get stuck staring at my large TBR pile I do often reach for a book I’ve already read as it’s a comfort. 😊

  5. I go with what I feel like reading. Paranormal is a genre I love to read so I might look for one and usually go with it. Otherwise, I might want a murder mystery or a western or sci-fi or fantasy. Sometimes I read romance, which is usually not a genre I like but I know authors who write romance, and I will read/review it for them.
    I do have a Christmas book I love to read every year. @v@ <3

  6. I decide differently based on how I’m feeling, and what reading challenges I might be doing at the time.

    If the book I just finished is part of a series, and I either have the next one in the series, or know I can spare the cash to buy it, I’ll read the next book in the series I was working on.

    If the book wasn’t part of a series, or I can’t read the next one right now for any reason, I’ll do one of the following:
    *Read the first book that catches my attention while scrolling through the list of books on my Kindle (unless it’s book 2 or later in the series, in which case I’ll read the previous books for that series next).
    *Read the first book I come to on my Kindle that works for a reading challenge I’m working on (again, reading earlier books for that series first if neded)
    .*Put on whatever is on top of my audio CD pile (again, using the series order rule).

    I’ve also been known to do the alphabetic thing, though I’ll skip books if they aren’t stand-alones or the start of a series, instead picking the first one alphabetically that I can read immediately.

      • Me too. I only stop in the middle of a series if I can’t get the next book for some reason (such as if it’s not out yet, or if I either can’t find a copy in an accessable to me format, or don’t have the free cash to buy it right now).

        • Same here. Unless it’s something I’m really excited about, I tend to read a series slow if I have to wait for the next book to come out, lol.

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