Seven Ways to Choose a Book for Reading

Post Title July 16th, 2021

In my life, I had times when I couldn’t find anything to read. What I read previously did not interest me anymore. And I hadn’t found other authors, series or genres that I would like to read then.

In these times, I often asked myself how I used to choose the books I was reading and how I should do it then. You probably think that’s quite a first world problem to be bothered about, and you are right. However, I love reading and not finding anything that interested me bothered me a lot!

I recently discovered audiobooks and am devouring books since. It is such a brilliant way to make cleaning the dishes a joy :-). So how do I choose books to read now:

Seven ways of choosing a book to read

Thinking about the books I read so far this year, I chose them after these seven criteria:

  1. Reading List
  2. Favourite authors
  3. Favourite genre
  4. Topic
  5. Try out something you’ve never read
  6. Suggestions
  7. Book Cover

It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.
– C.S. Lewis

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1. Reading List

There are so many books out there nowadays. There are so many suggestions out there about exciting books and authors. And there are offers without end where you can get either a free or a reduced book. I bet I am not the only one who has a reading list long like a dragons tail. The easiest way to choose a book to read is by checking out my reading list and going for it.

2. Favourite Authors

Am I wrong in assuming all readers have their favourite authors to which they come back as soon as a new book is out? I have a couple of those. Currently, I read a lot of non-fiction authors. However, mainly my favourite authors are novel, short story or poetry authors. To choose these is another easy way to find something to read.

3. Favourite Genre

Now I know that book genres are a tricky topic. Some books fall into more than one genre, and some simply can’t be categorised. Still, it is an efficient way to find a book to read when you know that you love to read sci-fi but hate love stories. Even though I know only a few novels that work well without some sort of love story in it 😉

4. Topic

At first, I chose “Favourite Topic” as the title. I think, though, when it comes to topics we read a lot which is not our favourite. The topic way of finding a book has more to do with curiosity and finding things out. Maybe it is for university or a course. So I dropped the favourite here.

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.

– Haruki Murakami

5. Try out something new.

I don’t know if I am the only one who likes to challenge herself to read something she never read before. This way, I discovered that a good old love story is something utterly relaxing and soothing to read. And that you can learn nearly everything via a non-fiction book. Either genre I wouldn’t have touched in my 20’s or at least only for university. There are book treasures out there that we easily miss because we might not like the genre.

6. Suggestions

Well, no book blog or page would exist if we wouldn’t choose our books via suggestions. But, of course, there are also suggestions from friends, family and the good old book club. Ah, TV programs about books too. However, I have to admit I find them usually rather irritating. I do not know why. And I forgot podcasts. Surely, there are those dedicated to suggesting the next brilliant read?

7. Book Cover

Ok, I bet all of you groan now: “Who chooses a book via its cover?”. Well, I have. A couple of times, in fact. I do this often in a library when my favourite books or authors are out on loan. Then I look at the displays or even roam the back of books on the shelves, and if one appeals to me, I try it. This way, I stumbled over “The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey and the “For Dummies” series.

Curious me wants to know: How do You choose a book to read?

These are my seven ways of choosing a book to read. I admit some are a little odd, for example, choosing via the book cover. But maybe this isn’t so odd, and I am not the only one. Also, you might have an utterly different way of choosing what you read. Feel free to share with us.

Jane over at Trail Baboon wrote about what hooks her to read a book and you can find her post here: What to read next?

Good vibes your way

and remember:

You can do it!

Liz

2 thoughts on “Seven Ways to Choose a Book for Reading

  1. Ashley Peterson says:

    I read almost exclusively mental health books that I intend to review, which narrows things down quite a lot. I also like to avoid spending money on books where possible, so I look for books that are available from the library or that offer free copies to reviewers through a site like Netgalley

    • Liz Halton says:

      That is a privilege to have only one genre to read. Makes choosing a lot easier 😊. Do you enjoy reading or is it more an means to end for you? 🌻 Thanks for stopping by and blessed Sunday to you 🤗

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