|What shall I read next...?|
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I was 70 pages into a new book when the worst happened. The book was involving and a nice change from my usual reads, but it was over 500 pages long and it would take at least a couple of days to finish – but I needed to get my questions to the author of another book by the end of the week. The trouble was I hadn’t read the authors book yet. So I put down the book I had already started and picked up the new book which had only just arrived. Luckily the new book was a fun and exciting read as well, but it got me thinking about the books I read and the order in which I read them...
I can’t read two books at the same time. I get really involved in my books - or I do if they’re well written! I think about them on the walk to and from the train station (remember I do most of my reading on the train), I think about them when cooking and I can’t wait to get back to them. However, if I’m reading more than one book at the same time I end up with a bizarre mash-up in my head where goblins meet Henry VIII and vampire hunters end up chasing zombies in outer space (actually that could be quite a cool premise!). So I read one book at a time in order to focus on that story.
I am also an obsessive list writer and one of my favourite lists to write is what books I’m going to read next. I always have a plan for what book I will pick up after my current is finished. Okay, so I frequently don’t follow that list – sometimes I’m just not in the mood for what I have planned so I will pick something else up more at least at random. However, with a pile of Netgalley books and a couple of review books which have to read soon I often feel like I don’t get a chance to read some of my favourite authors. They sit on my HUGE TBR pile for months before I get the chance to slip them into my reading list...I guess I really shouldn’t complain as I can usually find something positive in every book I read!
Have you ever had to stop reading one book in order to get a review book read and reviewed by a certain date? Or are you a complete mood reader? How do you decide which book to reads next?