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Let’s Talk: How do you pick your next read?


So your to be read pile is growing and growing, there are a ton of new books coming out that you HAVE to read. How do you decide what to read next?

I have 983 books on my To Be Read shelf at Goodreads. That’s a lot of books to read and we all know that there aren’t enough hours in the day to get a chance to read all of them, heck I may never get to half of the books on my TBR, but I want to. But how do I figure out what to read next?


I’ve seen so many thing around the blogging community about TBR Jars, polls on Twitter and even polls on your blog, and I’ve tried a couple, and they work, but I’m not sure that I want to run a poll every time I can’t decide what book to read next.  Picking my next read always seems to be a problem for me.


Every time I finish a book I’m always unsure what to read next,  sometimes it is because I am still reeling from what I’ve just read, and don’t want that feeling to end, or I just can’t decide what type of book to read.  With 983 books on my TBR shelf, you would think that I’d be able to pick up the next book easily, but most of the time I have no clue what I’m going to read.


A lot of the times I will check out what everyone else is reading to see if something catches my interest, and if not I scour my TBR list and Kindle to see what is available, hoping that something jumps out at me and screams READ ME NOW!  I also tend to go through my NetGalley books and see what I need to review and see if one of them jumps out at me.



So basically when it comes to picking my next read, I’m starting to think I need to try the TBR Jar and see if that helps me, however, I can’t guarantee that I would actually stick with what I picked out of the jar. Especially when I tend to be a mood reader, and sometimes I am in the mood to read something that may not even be on my TBR list, and then of course we have new books coming out all the time. I don’t think I’ll ever come up with a great way to pick my next read.


What about you? How do you come up with your next read?


13 thoughts on “Let’s Talk: How do you pick your next read?

  1. I think a TBR jar is a good idea. I sort of just read on whim, I guess? I go to the library ever month and get 3-4 books even though I shouldn’t since I’ve got WAY too many on my bookcase/kindle to read as is! But also, I’ll go weeks without reading anything. Get through a heavy book and can’t read anything else.

  2. I deleted my TBR list a while back-best thing I ever did 🙂 Now I read whatever fits my mood, from the largish pile of books I currently have checked out at the library. If one of those doesn’t jump out at me though, then I either go back to the library (I drive by it three times a week), or I jump on the library’s online reading system and find an ebook to borrow that sounds good (and I usually end up checking out a handful lol).

  3. I use my TBR on Goodreads as a list of books that I’m interested in reading, but they aren’t things I own (typically) so I don’t really use that as an idea of what to read next. Honestly, I tend to read things that I need to review next or soon or I grab some books from the library. I have a TON of books I already own and need to read though, so I try and go through and find something that looks good when I can to sort of keep up with that! hahah

    I like the idea of a TBR Jar though. You can always pick a few and then choose too!


  4. I tried a TBR jar but it unfortunately didn’t work for me. I would cheat and keep picling until I got a book that I liked, haha. Lately, I’ve been letting my daughter pick by taking the top 3 books I’m interested and putting it in front of her to see what she chooses. She’s only six months old and is definitely judging the book by its cover but I like including her in my own reading process because I feel like it will help her with her own reading when she gets older.

    I tend to be more of an emotional reader and choose books by what I’m feeling or what mood I’m in. I don’t even have a real TBR list, just books that I think I might enjoy one day.

  5. Most of the time, I don’t have a choice about what I am going to read next because I usually have something I need to read for a publisher, author, or tour. But, when I do get to choose, I spend forever trying to pick. Lately, I have been trying to squeeze in one book here and there that has nothing to do with tours, review copies, etc. Just something that I want to read, instead of something I have to read.

  6. Yes, this is me! I did a similar post last month 🙂 I’m also a mood reader, so sometimes I’ll just have something jump out at me. But other times I won’t even be sure what I’m in the mood for, so I’ll basically just stare at my Kindle and/or my TBR for a while in the throes of indecision, telling myself I have 300 books but nothing to read lol. Sometimes I’ll kind of sample the beginnings of a few books, but eventually I’ll just settle on something, even if I’m not sure, because otherwise I’ll be staring at my TBR for two weeks instead of actually reading!

  7. I don’t often get stuck on what to read next, but when I do, I pull down a few books from the bookshelf and start reading first chapters. It usually becomes obvious pretty quickly which one I’m in the mood for, and then I just keep going.

  8. I also have such a hard time with this — I try to pick something based on my mood but it depends on ARC schedule. I try to make a list of the ARCs I need to read and review every month and then fit in other books based on my mood when I can. I definitely wish it were the other way around!!

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