16 Things to Help You Choose Your Next Read

Are you a passionate mood reader or do you strictly follow your TBR pile?

I’m a mood reader. My little brother says I’m just a moody reader, but that probably has more to do with the constant reading slumps which come with mood reading.
For me, one of the worst times to pick up a new book is after I just finished a great one, because I’m still reeling from the book hangover.

Experience has taught me, however, that not starting a book right after finishing one leads to The Reading Slumps, which no one wants.

Note the capitals. They’re very important.
So I decided to share my mood-reading method behind choosing a book when I don’t want to leave the finished one behind, but need to escape the slump. *Cue eerie drum roll*
I hope you find it helpful or at the very least interesting. I’ve been told my mind doesn’t make much sense, but ordered lists help everything, especially when you’re procrastinating choosing a book to read.
(One guess why I’m really writing this post.)
  1. Is there anything you should consider a priority? ARCs, gifts, library books, things your friends have been begging you to read for months on end.
  2. Do you have any required reading to get out of the way? (This may or may not be considered a priority, so I’m mentioning it here just in case.)
  3. Are you in a book club? What are they reading this month?
  4. Does a friend want to buddy read with you? Do you want to buddy read with a friend? What’s something you both have and need to read?
  5. Are there any series you need to finish? Do you need to reread the whole series before finishing it because you don’t remember what happened?
  6. Would you prefer a series, a stand alone, or an author with several stand alones you can binge read?
  7. Are there any books you’ve been putting off for a while but still want to read?
  8. Do you have any books taking up precious shelf space that you’re not sure you’ll like? Read ‘em and leave ‘em so you can pretend you have room for new books.
  9. Have any books stayed bought but unread for longer than a year?
  10. Is it time to reread an old favorite?
  11. Is it time to reread that book you forgot about so you can finally review it?
  12. Think of the season. Crisp autumn and Halloween. Chilly winter or Christmas. Beach weather. Do any books match the aesthetic, or is there a particular seasonal feeling you want?
  13. What genres are you in the mood for? What genres are you *not* in the mood for?
  14. Dig through the back of your bookshelf. I’m sure there’s something there you meant to read but forgot you had.
  15. Is it pretty? (Come on, the cover always makes a difference.)
  16. Hold a vote on your blog and place your fate in other’s hands.
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That’s all for today, folks! Are you a mood reader too? How do you choose what to read when you’re heading for a slump? And if you follow a TBR list, explain your method and share your secrets! Are you avoiding reading at this very moment or are you happily devouring your newest favorite?

19 thoughts on “16 Things to Help You Choose Your Next Read

  1. I’m definitely a mood reader. (Also quite a moody reader, ha ha.) But it’s SO HARD to get over a really good book. How am I supposed to rise above the apathy of knowing that I’ll NEVER find a book as good as the last one? Life is hard.
    I usually pick my next book to read by roaming the aisles of the library and picking up random books with pretty covers or interesting titles or intriguing first sentences. Often they disappoint, but on occasion it is in this way that I find the next book from which I will never recover.

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    1. I know, it’s just so difficult! Whenever I start a book like this it always feels like I’m forcing myself to read until I get into it, which fortunately doesn’t take too long. A couple chapters, usually, but if I’m lucky just a couple pages. I always find it’s better to make myself read *something*, though, or else the slump hits.
      I do that too sometimes! Although I don’t go to the library often, I do that at bookstores. Especially if I know the title from somewhere. That’s actually how I picked up The Fifth Wave, which I ended up hating. My brother likes it though, so it’s not a total loss. It just became a gift instead of wasted money. But I also picked up Splintered that way, and now it’s one of my favorite books.

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  2. I’m a real mood reader, when I’m heading for a slump it’s mostly to do with me reading too much at the same time or feeling pressured into reading. So I finish the books I’m reading currently or DNF them, and after that, I pick up a book for which I’m really excited!

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  3. Yup I’m a mood reader for sure. But I do consider ARCs, library books and gifts a priority (in that order usually) I really do get what you mean about launching straight into books after finishing one, it can definitely cause a slump (hope you’re not in one!)

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    1. Actually I’m in the middle of Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle and I’m in whatever the opposite of a slump is. And I just started the Curiosities by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff, which is also too good for a slump! We’ll see when I’ve finished them all, but I just got Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer and A. G. Howard’s Roseblood, both of which I’ve really been looking forward to, so I’m not too concerned.

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  4. This is actually helpful. Especially the season one. I kind of want to read a beach book now… I think that I’m typically more of a mood reader? Or at least I used to be. However, then I went to the library and the bookstore or looked at too many recommendations and now I want to read about a bajillion books so I made a To Be Read list. 🙂 I really need to read more, I’ve been away from books too much.

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    1. I wish I had a beach-feel book to recommend you, but I can’t think of any…
      I have a TBR for exactly that reason, but I try to finish unread books before I get more. This doesn’t usually work but I’ve gotten better at only getting books in series I’m reading or by authors I know I like. So my TBR is mostly a wish list of who-knows-if-I’ll-like-it-but-I-really-want-to-try and I don’t actually use it to decide what to read next.
      I’m really glad you found this helpful! I intended this to be a quick post and it turned into this huge list that I actually keep coming back to myself because apparently I make good points sometimes? Who knew? 😜


  5. Ooh, I feel like I tend to be a mood reader, so I just pick up a book from the way too large pile I have. Clearly a foolproof plan. 😂 This year, I actually made a rough list of books I really wanted to read, put it through a randomizer, and that’s the order I’m reading them in, so that’s fun! 😄

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  6. Great post, I love this list, it’s so helpful! 🙂 I tend to be a mood reader, so I pick up whatever I feel like reading next, but I often like to switch between genres: read a contemporary, then a fantasy… keep things fun and interesting for sure 🙂

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