All right, I'll admit: having nothing to read is not one of the problems I have to deal with. I always have something: books waiting for their turn on the bookshelves or in my Kindle, books I've hoarded from the library (I get a little crazy every time I see all those books I can read for free!), and of course there's always the option of rereading old favourites. My problem tends to be the good old “so many books, too little time” (but, as far as problems go, that's one of the most pleasant ones).
Still, there's always that moment when you finish a book and wonder, what next? Where do I go from here?
I'm afraid this won't be one of those How to posts, because I don't have a foolproof method for solving this “problem”. I don't really have a method. My approach, as in so many other situations, is: go with your feelings.
I look at my options and choose whichever book/story/genre I happen to be in the mood for. No listing pros and cons, no scientific methods, no logic, no reason. It's entirely instinctive. The weird thing – a bit of a reading quirk, one might say – is that I often choose something very different from what I just finished: different genres, different authors, and never (well, almost never) two books in a series one after the other. Unless, of course, I feel like breaking that pattern.
Yes, there are exceptions. If I have brought home that bagful of books from the library, I try to read them first because they have to be returned eventually. If I'm going on a holiday, it might be a good idea to choose an ebook because a Kindle is easier to carry than a heavy hardback.
How do you decide what to read next? Do you read your books in the order you purchased them? Have you ever tried those “What should I read next” quizzes and did they work for you?