With so many books out there, it’s no wonder that some readers, myself included, struggle to find the next book to start. For me, this is made all the worse during busy publishing months where my favorite authors are releasing books and I want to read ALL of them, RIGHT AWAY, but there’s just not enough time in the day!
I love to know what new books my favorite authors are publishing but this also means there’s plenty of time for the anticipation to build. I get author newsletters and jump for joy when I see a new book coming out…I add it to my Goodreads account under a special shelf for upcoming releases…I place my Kindle pre-orders or my requests at my library…I excitedly wait for cover reveals and blurb reveals and all of this gears up to wanting to read the book as soon as it’s in my hands.
But what happens when more than one of these books falls into my hands at once? As most readers know, the summer is usually a very busy time for new releases and the past few weeks have been testing my will power like never before. I readily admit that when it comes to books, I have a wandering eye; when a new release comes out that I’ve been anxiously awaiting, I start itching to move on from my current read *bows head in shame*.
I can’t be the only one who does this, right? To make matters worse, I anthropomorphize my books and imagine them with sad eyes, crying out as they watch me picking other books over them.
I’m sorry my precious books, but I must read THIS ONE first, no wait, maybe THAT ONE, or THAT ONE. Oh no!
So, you see my dilemma and hopefully you know this feeling too — though I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Sometimes it’s easy because one book just shines over all the others or maybe one of the releases is shorter than all the rest and I know I can knock that one out in a few hours. Or maybe there is a library due date and that forces my hand. But most of the time I feel like just throwing a dart and seeing where it lands.
As if picking which new release to read isn’t challenging enough, another problem rears its head when I have backlist books to read as well. I love to reread books and often do this with series that have long delays between books. So this has been my life the past few weeks. I’m in the process of rereading two different series, plus I have a backlist series from a favorite author I’m reading for the first time, and what should roll around but the June flurry of new releases, including a surprise release. Now my poor brain is spinning in circles as I try to figure out what to read next.
My solution for the moment? I created a schedule and I’m sticking to it! Or at least I’m going to try so we’ll see how this goes. I tried to create a rotation from new release to backlist to new release to backlist and so on. I don’t plan to do this long-term because I’m also a bit of a mood reader and you can’t schedule for that, but for right now it will hopefully help me focus on what I’m reading in that moment and the other books will just have to wait.
So how do you pick your next book? Do you have a master strategy or secret formula?