Thursday, January 21, 2016

How I Decide What I’m Going to Read Next

How I decide what I'm going to read next
Ever since I was old enough to be reading with a flashlight under the covers, I’ve been a pretty voracious reader. Even though I almost always have something to read, for me great books come in a season of feast or famine: I’ll have so many wonderful books that I feel sleep is a waste of time or I’ll have barely anything I’m excited about at all.

Even so, I have a system for how I determine what I’m going to read next:

The recommendations of discriminating friends. My friends who know my reading style typically make recommendations that are spot on. (Some recommendations that come to mind are: The Gurnesey Literary and Potato Peel Society and Joy in the Morning.)

Book blogs:
I read Modern Mrs. Darcy’s blog and eagerly await her reading guide each summer. The name of the blog alone makes me a fan of Anne Bogel. But I also like her forthright writing style and authentic voice. Best of all, she rarely steers me wrong with book picks. (Thanks to her, I read and loved Everything Everything.)

Everyday Reading is a blog written by a former children’s librarian. I frequently request and like the children’s books that she recommends. I don’t have quite her same taste when it comes to adult books, but I do think her reviews are helpful, which allows me to pick and choose discriminately. (She recommended the audio book Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie, which then lead me to read almost everything written by Jordan Sonnenblick.)

Instagram:
I know you’re sick of hearing me talk about Gretchen Rubin, but I love her so! On Sundays she Instagrams what she read each week. She doesn’t give reviews of the books, but she does have a pretty prolific list of titles to choose from. (I found Troubled Waters, seen in the above photo, from one of her book stacks. I just picked it up. The cover looks admittedly sketchy. Hopefully I’ll be pleasantly surprised!)

You know who else is on Instagram? Me! And I think I like it (I'm notorious for keeping a small footprint when it comes to social media). Find me at: inpursuitofloud.

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