How Do You Decide What To Read?

It’s no secret that I read a lot. I read on the train, I read before bed, and I’ve more or less stuck with my resolution to read every day. If you keep up with my What I’m Loving series, you’ll know that I also try to maintain a good bit of variety and expand my horizons.

Fiction has always been my first love — from Little House On The Prairie to now, I’ve always been searching for a way to be transported to another place and time, understand another character, and hopefully learn something new about the world along the way. As I’ve grown, I’ve also found a love for non-fiction, memoirs, and historical fiction. I don’t think I’ll ever love poetry, but everything else is more or less fair game.

Even though I’m not genre-biased, there are a lot of books with a synopsis that doesn’t draw me in. You may not be able to judge a book by its cover, but you can judge it by what words the author uses to describe it and thousands of Amazon reviews. While taking a chance has led me to a lot of books that were surprisingly enjoyable, I’ve still started a few that I just cannot get into for one reason or another.

Even if I’m not feeling a piece, I have a hard time “giving up” on a book—subconsciously I’ll be looking for anything to do other than read, but I still won’t set it down and move on for good (I can’t be the only one!). Vetting things thoroughly from the start helps me to not be disappointed, but unfortunately also leads to a time-consuming search every. single. time I’m looking for a new book to read.

So I’m curious — how do you decide what to read? Is there a better/more efficient way that I’m missing out on? Does anybody have any go-to “#bookstagrams” or review sites they’d recommend? If so pleasepleaseplease let me know — or just share some of your personal faves!