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In other words (again, as my economics professor might say it) we have to make choices with what we read because our time is scarce.
So how do you pick what you’re going to read? And, for that matter, how do I pick what I’m going to read?
The latter question is easy, ‘cause I’m about to tell you.
1. It is an author or series that I already love.I feel like this probably goes without saying for many bookworms. If I know I like the author or it’s a series and I’m loving it—of course it will go on the TBR list! Of course it will. That’s what people do.
2. I like the genre or the style.I look for something new and interesting to read sometimes, and when I do, I generally look to my friend SPECULATIVE FICTION. Which does not mean just thinking about fiction, as I originally thought—it’s like sci-fi and fantasy and paranormal and stuff. I like those kinds of books, so if I find a book that is in the bubble I usually read, I plunk it on that list. A girl’s gotta read.
3. I’m trying to expand my horizons or perspective or understanding of the subject at hand.This usually happens because I’m trying to read more diverse books than because I actually want to know the origins of gardening tools, or something like that. Maybe if it is for school, I can motivate myself with that thought. As it is, the biggo issue I’m going for now is trying to look at the world from perspectives that are not my own, and appreciating them for what they are. So I have a lot of those. That I will get to. Eventually.
4. I don’t believe in fate, but I do believe in you.There is hype, and there is many respectable blogging buddies esteeming a particular novel. Hype is like weird emotions that people feel and share and make books seem (maybe) cooler than they are. But when I see that other bloggers, who may like what I like or share similar interests or ALL THINK THIS BOOK IS THE BEST THING EVER… then it usually goes on my list. I trust that the people whose words I like to read can give me other good sources of reading. And it does happen often. Like, if I’m a regular on your blog, you can pretty much bet that I’ve got your name next to a book I’m meaning to read thanks to your recommendation.
And I mean that.
I am not always good about getting on top of these, unfortunately. In part because I am more inclined to read books I already know I’ll like—the main perp here being rereads—but sometimes I am just selfish and biased and don’t get to books other people recommend even though I should.
But, like I said, my time is a scarce resources. I’m forced to make choices. And maybe they’re not the best choices—but I’m working on it!