I had a small window in my time away from the computer the other day, and thought, I know, I’ll pick up a book. I had three listed on my panel at the side (I’d finished a crime mystery the day before), I checked my To Read list a few times, and … I didn’t fancy reading any of the top-listed 20!
One of the things I do to my To Read list each winter is to re-prioritise it. For a start, do I have the book, on my kindle or in hard copy? If it’s a series, are they in order? Is there a good mix of genres? Do I sound like I have OCD?
But there, at the top of my list, were books I had skipped in favour of the next on the list, waiting for the moment to read them, and this wasn’t it. I wanted something lighter, and preferably shorter, and one I had good confidence I’d enjoy.
So I went all the way through my kindle, looking at the dots that suggest how long the book is. A few gave me a ‘maybe’ signal. Some I’d forgotten. When I lighted on Turtle Feathers, I’d forgotten about it, and I hadn’t even got it listed on my To Read list, despite the fact it’s been there for at least eighteen months. It turned out to be a set of very enjoyable short stories, and I’ll review it later in the month.
But here I am, wanting to tackle my reading list – if you feel the same way check out the Tackle your TBR Readathon which starts next week – and I haven’t even got it ON my reading list. There are so many books on my kindle that I want to read I can’t choose which. So I need to choose what I’m going to do during the Readathon, and that means I really need to read the books I’m supposed to be reading, not sitting and thinking about, before the Readathon starts. Rings of Saturn has been on my ‘currently reading’ list for far too long. I must just read it.
What about you? How do you pick your next read? And what keeps getting put to the bottom of the pile again?