Wednesday, March 24, 2010

What to read, what to read

Like many booklovers, I have a huge pile of books on my shelves (and on the floor, as it happens) waiting to be read, along with a few (or many) books that I have borrowed from the library.  Last night after I finished the book I was reading (Almost Home by Pam Jenoff -- very good!) I went to select my next book and - I was paralyzed with indecision!

How do I choose what to read next?  The book that was recently released and is receiving lots of positive buzz?  The book about a topic currently making headlines?  How about this one -- no, if I bring that to work I'll receive some funny looks (well, I do already, because I READ).  Or this library book that is due back next week - nah, I'm just not in the mood for it right now.

I have some books set aside for upcoming reading challenges and I've thought about organizing the to-read pile by month or something to make it more manageable (that's not the right word - I can't think of a better one though) but of course the pile is not static -- I am always adding to it and the bright shiny new book sometimes moves ahead of all the others who have been waiting patiently to be read.

So what did I decide on?  The book that has probably been on the to-read pile the longest:

The book has long since been released in paperback, but I have the hardcover, purchased during a visit to family in Winnipeg maybe a year and a half ago.

How do you decide what to read next?  Do you have a system?


  1. I love the cover of this book! I watched Life on Discovery Channel the other day and apparently, due to decreasing numbers of fish in water, pelicans are taking to eating baby birds!

  2. Oh my goodness, that was like reading my own post! I have HUNDREDS of books (yes, on the floor too) and so often I just can't decide what to read next (it's a cross us bilbliophiles must bear, it seems).

  3. Yeah, it would be one thing if I would just read everything I have before I purchase/check out any more books, but ... that isn't going to happen.


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