It’s hard to believe we’re approaching the last quarter of 2009. Soon those of us in the northern hemisphere will be curled up in front of the fire (or solar heater) with our favorite wintry reads, and those in the southern will be off to the beaches with their summer books.
Do you have a plan of what you’re going to read the rest of the year? Have you had a master plan all along? If so, have you stuck to it? What helps you to decide what you’re going to read next? Challenges? Book groups? Or do you have the luxury of closing your eyes and picking any book off your shelf?
I know some of you have spreadsheets and other devices to help you keep track of your books and challenges. (I even succumbed to using a spreadsheet this year after teasing my friends relentlessly about theirs.) If you have online spreadsheets, such as Google, can you give us a peek at them with a link or a screen shot?
I’ll admit, I’m not at spreadsheet status yet. I’m too disorganized for that. I feel like I rarely ever get the chance to just pull a book off my shelf though, which is too bad because I would say I probably haven’t even read half the books I own. ARCs are what I usually go for first. I feel an obligation to read those in a timely manner, especially those that I requested. Also, since I pay a monthly fee for Bookswim, I attempt to read those as quickly as I can so I can send them back and receive a new batch, thus getting my moneys worth. I am also in two book clubs, although I will admit I do not read the book if I’m not interested. I used to force myself, but I have so many freaking books to read that I finally had to put a stop to that. I’ll still go to book club and enjoy myself, and by now the guilt at not reading the book has waned.
Another source for choosing my books is the challenges I am in. Right now I am only participating in the RIP IV and the 999 book challenge, but I try to fulfill those when I get a chance. So when I do get a chance to read a book for either of those challenges, sometimes that involves a book on my shelves that I already own. Other than that, my books stay unread. Sad, isn’t it? I will admit though, I have been good about not buying books recently. I do have a B&N giftcard beckoning though, so I will probably be misbehaving soon!
What about you? How do you choose your next book?
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