How to choose, how to choose…

Posted 19 November, 2012 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 24 Comments

Do you ever get stymied by what book to read next? Overwhelmed by the selection of amazingly fabulous (and possibly overhyped) novels out there? All the pretty-pretties and awesome-sounding novels calling out your name to read them RIGHT NOW? Bedazzled by the multicolored covers screaming at you from the shelves?

Yeah. Me, too.

Don’t get me wrong. I adore having a ridiculous amount of books to choose from — either from my own bookshelves or borrowed (though, let’s be honest here. Owning makes it so much sweeter.). But sometimes I have a hard time choosing what to read next because there are so many books that I *want* to read.

I suppose it’s somewhat like having too many holiday cookies in the house (maybe from one of those cookie swaps) and wanting to eat them all. Right. Now. Or is that just me? *sigh* My sugar addiction really is on par with my book addiction. At least one is good for me.

Sometimes, I pick a book because I’ve been waiting with bated breath for it and can’t let one more second pass before I immerse myself in that world and that writing. Sometimes, the blurb is just so intriguing that I can’t wait to dive into it immediately (I’ve been burned with that one more times than I can count–and rewarded). Or I have to read a book because I promised a review by a certain date. Or I just can’t stand all the review books sitting there staring at me, making me feel guilty because I need to read them but haven’t yet. Other times, my blogger friends book-bully me into reading it (yay for book bullies).

And then there are the times when I have absolutely no idea what to read next. I stare at my shelves. I pick up one book, fondle it, read the blurb and set it back on the shelf. I pick up another and another and another until something clicks and I know that’s the book I need to read next. 

It’s weird how certain books seem to cry out to be read immediately while others can sit on the shelf for the longest time before I pick them up (and usually I wonder why it took me so long because I love it).

I think this year, I’ll ask Santa for more hours in the day so I can get more reading time in while still doing everything I need to do that day. I’m sure he’ll be glad to leave that under my tree. And I’d be glad to share with all my reader pals. Yeah, I’m just that kind of gal. Heh.

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24 Responses to “How to choose, how to choose…”

  1. Oh my gosh yes! Actually, I think BEA made things worse. Because now I have so many books that I’m so excited to read that I can’t decide. I couldn’t make up my mind the other day, so I picked up Vampire Academy and decided to re-read the entire series instead of going for something new. Luckily, I haven’t reviewed the first four books, so at least those are “useful” re-reads for the blog.

  2. I recently had this overwhelming pressure, and posted about it, as well. I want to read ALL THE BOOKS right this second, but I have to remember that it isn’t a competition. I will get to them, and if I don’t, I’ve still read plenty of amazing books along the way.

    Now that I stopped taking review requests, I feel WAY less pressure and can finally read what I want to! Even though that still leaves me with 500 books to choose from, when I finally pick one, I can feel less stressed about it and enjoy reading again!

  3. “I suppose it’s somewhat like having too many holiday cookies in the house (maybe from one of those cookie swaps) and wanting to eat them all. Right. Now. Or is that just me?”

    NOT JUST YOU MARY! And now I really want holiday cookies. Dammit. I know exactly what your talking about with being stumped as to which book to read next. I’m currently experiencing this exact thing. I have a huge stack and I want to read all of them, but yet I can’t quite bring myself to start any of them. I think part of it for me right now is I’m in the mood for light and fun, and almost every book in my stack is dark. I love dark. I live for dark. But sometimes these little “fun” phases hit me and I need sweet and cute:)

    • Yeah, I’m craving cookies, too.

      Those phases are the hardest because it’s all I’ll want to read and nothing else will do, you know? I try to vary it but sometimes it just doesn’t work.

  4. All.The.Freaking.Time!

    Also just like cookies, I lean towards reading the ones I should wait (don’t come out for a few months, been out for awhile, ect) instead of the ones that should be up next. I always lean towards the gooey, yummy cookies instead of the more “healthy” ones 🙂

  5. Oh! *THIS*

    What a relief that I’m not the only one! My BF looks at me like I’m crazy cuz I have all these books to read and I say aloud how I don’t know what to read. I do the exact same thing. Pick up a book, read the blurb, start to read the first chapter, and then put it back. I can’t even do the blind-just-grab-thing cuz I still end up putting it back. And then once I finally pick and start reading, I mentally kick myself cuz it’s so good and I waited so long to read them! I do try and alternate genres, but that seems to make it worse 🙂

  6. I would love to ask Santa for more time to read. There are so many books out there that I really want to read, but I don’t have nearly enough time for them, especially as a student. At the same time, when I DO have time to read I have no idea what to pick up. I often go for a book that I’ve already read and love because I can’t pick what to read and/or because I’m afraid a book that I’ve been looking forward to will disappoint me.

  7. Oh, I’ve been asking Santa and God for more hours in the day for a long time. . . Good luck with that. Maybe you’ve been “gooder” than me this year! Great thoughts.

  8. I definitely do the same thing. Sometimes there is just TOO much choice (which is crazy, really) and I have no clue what to read next. I think a lot of it is because I’m a mood reader. I have to be wanting to read a certain type of story in order for me to get started on a book.

  9. It helps me to try to go by release date; however I had a bit of a reading slump when I felt too tied to release dates and just had to pick up something I wanted to read. There’s no magical formula but I’m usually pretty good at following my schedule!

  10. *hugs*
    I know what you mean Mary! it’s like, you just can’t figure out what you want to read, and I used to think it was bad when the pickings were slim bur I actually come to believe that it’s WORSE when you got many books waiting on the bookshelf, like too many choices!!!

    Still, it’s a good problem to have over all, right?

    Good luck and may Santa grand you your wish. 😀

  11. Its like you picked this all from my brain! I have SO been having this problem! I have review books, I have sequels (LOADS), I have borrowed books and I have books I have had for awhile I’m dying to read. I always feel I need to read review ones (of course) and borrowed ones but those tend to be the ones I don’t have an urge to pick up even though I was originally dying to read them. Geez, its just so stressful!