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How do you choose?

Written by Kirsten on April 6th, 2010

I’m still working on my readathon book list post a bit at a time, but in the meantime I thought I’d ask you how you decide what to read. Do you stick to a list you’ve already got going of books to be read, rifle through for things you know (or anticipate) will catch and hang onto your attention, go for short and simple books that you know you’ll fly through?

My list last time was ambitious to a fault – I selected a few series, a few dense standalone novels, and very few light, easy reads. I ended up abandoning most of my pre-selected books and hitting the shelves for ones I felt would be more apt to really be able to get lost in. I re-read several YA novels last time around, which made for an enjoyable readathon, but this time I’m going to try for a more “productive” and “accomplished” feeling. No re-reads, though I do still have quite a few YA titles on the stack so far.

So what’s your plan? Have a link to your anticipated reads for Saturday?  Not participating in the readathon but have a method to your next-book madness? Drop your link or your feedback in the comments!


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Vasilly says:

    For the read-a-thon I’m choosing a variety of books such as slim and simple ones, thick books that are page turners, plus a few re-reads and review copies. I’ll be cheering you on during the read-a-thon!
    .-= Vasilly´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: Read-a-thon Recommendations =-.

  2. Shanra says:

    I’m not (officially) participating in the Read-a-Thon this time around – Argh! Coursework Mountain of DEATH! – but… I will unofficially. By nabbing anything that grabs my fancy and feeling completely and utterly unobliged to spend the whole day reading. ^-~

    If I were officially participating, I’d have gone through my (huge) stack of books and made a smaller pile to stick to. No plans to finish the whole list, but just a pile that’s much smaller than 200+ books. That way, if I finish a book and can’t decide what to read next I won’t have the problem of “OMG! I have too many books! Which do I read?!” that I have sometimes when I have no title standing out right off the bat. (I don’t plan many rereads either. Last October I did ‘cheat’ on rereading all the pictures I’d already finished, but those are picture books. They take all of five minutes to read. Ten tops.)

    Enjoy the April read-a-thon! ^-^
    .-= Shanra´s last blog ..Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott =-.

    • Kirsten says:

      Shanra, so good to “see” you again :) It’s relieving to take on a mountain in small chunks, isn’t it? That’s part of what I love about readathon – it’s not only guilt-free reading time, but it makes for such a sense of accomplishment if you can knock a few titles off of the TBR hundreds!

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