BA Post Challenge: Decisions, Decisions

BA’s 26 Posts Blogging Challenge

BA's 26 Posts Challenge for Book BloggersWelcome to BA’s 26 Posts Posting Challenge for Book Bloggers! The aim of this challenge is to create one post a week, focusing on books, book blogs, and a scattering of personal topics, for 26 weeks. You can learn more, or be kept up to date with topics here.

Posts will go up every Sunday, but you can post any time during the week (all topics are pre-listed), and share your posts in the comments for others to find. Please refrain from targeting individuals, bullying, or slandering in your posts. Share your opinions, but keep it diplomatic if anything negative comes up so this can be, and stay, a fun challenge.

This Week’s Topic

  Decisions, Decisions: Do you have a method of choosing what to read next? Has it changed over the years?

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I change my method of choosing the next book all the time. I get bored sometimes and I like to change it up, especially when I’m in a reading rut. I find it’s the simpler things that get me excited in life, but that doesn’t mean those methods always work.

Right now my reading choice method is based around the books I receive for review. That’s all I read nowadays and the list is broken up into what came first Vs what will be published/on tour/archived first. If someone’s review request is fourth in line, but if their blog tour date is imminent then I will read their book first.

That’s my exciting method of choosing what to read next! Of course I don’t always follow it. I have to break away from it sometimes, like recently when I went and read two books not on the review list, but ones I had been wanting to read for some time.

When it comes to those I go with what my gut tells me to read. The more excited I am to read something, the more chance I have of reading it next. My other methods have been the following;

  • Letter: I decided to follow the alphabet when it came to selecting a title. This bored me quickly and turned into selecting an author, then genre, and then I discovered the What’s in a Name Challenge and now I’m happy.
  • Colour Coded: That’s right, I had the stupid idea of reading by colour. Just like when I had the ridiculous idea of colour-coding my bookshelves. You think it’s going to be a wonderful idea, but it never is. The bookshelves looked horrible and the idea of colour-coded reading was just… urgh.
  • Ducks in a Row: So there’s reading from a pile of books, but I wanted to go with grabbing one off the beginning of the shelf, then reading the next, and so forth. It started, but ended with one book. I then began doing it with my to-read list on Goodreads. When I realised I was rearranging the shelves in order to read what I really wanted, I gave up. I gave up on both notions.

Those are my favourite tried and failed methods. I prefer to stick to the tactic of choosing what to read next based on how I feel, when I don’t have a massive review list to get through that is.

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