Choosing What Book to Read Next

Yesterday I finished reading Lover Awakened. It’s one of my favourite books, and it captured my full attention until it was over. But then it was time to choose my next book. I stared at my shelves and drew a blank. I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to read next. How do you guys what to read next? Do you just go with your gut feeling, or do you have a system?

Often I just stand in front of the holy shelves of bookish awesomeness and take the book that captures my attention. More often than not though, I don’t have that luxury. There are review books to be read on a deadline, and those should be read first. However, constantly reading books you have to read is the perfect recipe for a reading slump. My compromise is usually by picking a small amount of books for review and books for fun, sticking them on a pile, and choose my next read from that pile.

Of course this means that it’s very easy to deceive yourself and only read books you feel like, but those few manageable review copies sitting on that small stack aren’t nearly as intimidating as my ARC shelf. On my current TBR pile, there are three books for review (the bottom three) and three for funsies. Once a book has been on the stack for a very long time (as Unhinged has been) it starts to guilt me into reading it. It’s a really nice system for me, and it works well most of the time.

The only disadvantage to this system is that I tend to completely forget the books on my Kindle. Especially Netgalley books are often neglected by me (which is why I barely request them anymore). I love reading on my old Kindle Keyboard though, so it’s a shame I don’t use it as often as I’d like to. I’ve tried using paper TBR lists so I can include ebooks as well, but those are too rigid for me.

How do you keep yourself from forgetting your ebooks? How do you choose what to read next? I’d love to know!