Discussion – How I Choose My Next Read

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The regular task of choosing which books to read next only seems to be getting more difficult. With ever-lengthening TBR lists and a plethora of highly anticipated new releases to contend with along the way, it can sometimes feel like a constant dilemma!

Even though I hardly ever read ARCs, I have realised that I am beginning to take a lot of different things into consideration when deciding on my next read, and it would be interesting to find out if you do things in a similar way!

So, here are the things that I think about when choosing my upcoming TBR:


One of my main reading goals for 2019 is to read a wider variety of genres more often,.so I am trying not to  select too many books in succession that fall under the same genre, unless they are part of a series.

I feel like this will help me avoid falling into a reading slump, as sometimes after reading a lot of the same genre, some of the tropes and plot devices can begin to feel slightly repetitive.

Most Anticipated Reads

When I look through my TBR and start deciding on my next read, I naturally gravitate towards the books I look forward to reading the most, or have received lots of positive reviews.

This includes new releases. When a book from one of my favourite authors is about to be released, it often goes straight to the top of my TBR. I pre-order it and once it arrives, it does not take me long to make a start!

How Long I Have Owned The Book

When I buy a physical book, I usually try and read it in fairly good time, so no more than a few months. As such, there are not all that many books I own that I still haven’t read.

Most of these unread books form part of the large pile that sits beside my bed, although I also have a number of library books. I frequently borrow books from the library, so the length of time I have had them often comes into consideration when I choose what to read next.


I enjoy reading physical books and e-books, so for that reason I like to alternate between the two formats. My Kindle and the lower prices on offer to purchase books make it an ideal platform to read some of the books right up towards the top of my TBR.

I would still estimate that physical books account for about two thirds of my reading, and my love of paperbacks means that I could never solely read electronically.

Those are the four main things that come to mind when I choose my next read, although other thinks such as page count can sometimes come into it, particularly with my Goodreads target in mind!

How do you choose your next read? Do you consider any of the things I have mentioned? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading 🙂

24 thoughts on “Discussion – How I Choose My Next Read

  1. Excellent post! I’ve never really put my process into words, but it would look similar to your thoughts/ steps. The big difference is that I have a list of ARCs with their release dates, and I try to read them a month ahead of release. It usually gives me some time in between to pick my own.

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  2. I choose my next read the same way as you do! And I also try to alternate between fiction and non fiction (or else I read one of each simultaneously). Library books go to the top, because they’re usually e-books that are in high demand and will be automatically returned in 3 weeks.

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      1. Annoyingly my reservations all seem to come at once – when I reserve them, they all have different weeks available, and then they get returned early or whatever.
        Currently my next reserved one is in March, so I’m going to get through some physical books before then.

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  3. Mainly: my mood!!! 😂😂😂 Also if my eyes don’t allow for physical book reading then I switch strictly to my audiobooks backlog (mostly overlaps with my main TBR but can postpone new releases). Oh and the library checkout timeframes (particularly holds with a long queue) and ARC publication dates (why I’m on a request ban) Otherwise all of your list!! I really want to get to my backlog this year!

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  4. Really interesting post, Stephen. I found it interesting that you try to vary the genres. I mainly read in the suspense genre, though I try to vary the subgenre (historical mystery followed by a contemporary crime novel, for example.) I also try to vary the race & gender of the author. If I read a book by a white male, I’ll follow with a book by a minority and/or female. It gives me a broader perspective of the world, I think. I haven’t been reviewing long enough to deal with some of the other issues you mentioned.

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    1. Thank you, Meredith. It is only recently that I have made an effort to vary the genres I read. I find it very interesting that you change sub-genres, and it’s great that you vary the author’s race and gender. I agree that it provides a wider perspective. Happy reading!


  5. Great post! I sometimes have a inkling of what I feel I want to read next, while still reading the book I am in the world of. Sometimes though, it can be that there is a new release that I have been anticipating or there is hype around the book or author. I never look at reviews, only after I have read the book as it could make me not want to read it which is a shame.

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      1. It’s easy to fall into the trap of not wanting to read a book because if a bad review but we all have different opinions and you may adore a book that others really dislike. I can’t plan a full tbr though, I’m such a mood reader haha!

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  6. Ooh! What an interesting discussion! This year I have been trying to get through my physical TBR stacks, so that plays a huge part in what I pick next. I also try to alternate between physical and ebook!

    Erica | Erica Robyn Reads

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  7. I tend to read to two priorities with a back up:
    1. Need, I need to read this because it’s an ARC and it’s coming out x or I have a countdown/backlog.
    2. Feelings: a lot of my reading is led by my emotions, and where those feelings are taking me – towards a genre or theme etc
    My backup is when I don’t know what to read next I ask my 5 year old to choose for me, she has excellent taste and hasn’t picked a dud yet.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Lily. I have often thought about requesting ARCs, but have not done so yet because I like having control over which books I decide to read.

      And it is great that your daughter chooses for you, sounds like she is a great judge of books!

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  8. This is a great discussion post, Stephen! I especially admire your ability to go through the books your currently own depending on how long you’ve had them for, I’m ashamed to admit that I have a lot of unread books on my shelves that have been piling up for a long time!


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