I could never ignore a huge stack of books, calling to me, so even if I've just started a book, I'm always thinking about what I'll read next. Here are some of the factors that influence my decision.
- I have an ARC with a release date coming soon. This one doesn't happen very often, but I have won a few ARCS from Goodreads Giveaways. I like to have the book read and a review posted about a week before the release date, so if it's coming up soon, that book goes to the top of the pile!
- A book I've requested has arrived at my library, and I only have a short time with it. I use my local library extensively, and I love being able to place holds on books. Sometimes, the wait list for a popular book is really long and we're only allowed to check the book out for two weeks, with no renewals. I need to get to these sooner rather than later. Plus, I like to read and return them quickly so the next person in line isn't waiting too long, either!
- I have a craving for a particular book/author/genre, etc. Every once in awhile I'll feel a longing for a reread. I'll peruse my shelves and decide I need to revisit Harry Potter or that I'm in the mood for a Kate Morton Gothic mystery. Or sometimes it's a new book I've gotten that I just feel a particular pull towards. It could be the setting, the synopsis, the genre - something that makes me feel like I need to read this book now.
So, how do you decide what to read next? Do you have a system, or is it random? Maybe based on how long it's been sitting on your shelf or TBR, or whatever looks appealing at the moment?