I faced a dilemma late last week… I finished Wildwood Dancing, the last of my book pile, and I needed to stock up. Which got me wondering about choosing the next book. How does it happen? What’s the thought process behind it all? Sometimes it’s easy: like after finishing Sunshine, I consciously picked something completely unrelated because I knew if I read another fantasy after that one, I wouldn’t be giving it a fair chance. Other times, it’s just a whim: which book is “calling” me, which one would be just perfect for the mood I’m currently in. And then there’s the obligation books: book groups, blog challenges, ones that “have” to be read for whatever reason.
I was sitting on my bed Saturday morning, looking at the pile of books I’d picked up at the library the day before. One book for online book group (Enchantment, by Orson Scott Card), one book for on line book challenge (I decided to start with A Good Year, picked completely at random), one book a friend has been asking me to read (Uglies, by Scott Westerfield) and one book that I felt I should read (The Birchbark House, by Louise Erdrich). And none of them seemed compelling. Sigh. I could bail and read Half Blood Prince, which I’ve been meaning to do before next Saturday, but I’m not sure I’m in the mood for Harry Potter. Yet.
I’m not sure I’m interested in help picking out which book to read next. What I am interested in is how you go about picking your next book. How do you decide which one next?